Chill at biggest holiday event in Texas

Forty artisans travel from Harbin, China to hand-carve the ICE! attraction at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine.

The Christmas elves at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine are busy building a magical winter wonderland for visitors to enjoy this holiday season and their philosophy is “Go big or go ho-ho-home.”

The resort’s 15th annual Lone Star Christmas, presented by Pepsi, will feature a variety of holiday activities, live entertainment and grand décor to celebrate the season.

Between Nov. 9 and Jan. 1, 2019, the biggest holiday event in Texas will feature: two-million holiday lights decorating the resort; a two-story tall, 12-lane snow tubing hill made from two-million-pounds of real snow; a 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink; a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree adorning the center atrium; more than 30,000-feet of gingerbread for decorating; magical miniature trains throughout the property; 25-foot-tall toy soldiers; 2,300 decorated wreaths; 5,600-feet of garland; 15,000 festive ornaments; and, 2,000 Poinsettias.

“Our team works all year long to create this magical holiday experience for friends and families to enjoy – and there is truly nothing like it,” said Gaylord spokesperson Martha Neibling.

The Gaylord Texan Resort offers a plethora of holiday fun minutes away from southern Denton County that is sure to melt any Scrooge’s heart, including:

ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is a walk-through holiday attraction kept at a chilly nine-degrees, featuring two-million-pounds of hand‐carved, life-size ice sculptures and scenes, five ice slides, a life-sized Nativity, plus an ice bar (for ages 21 and up). Complimentary parkas are provided, but remember to bring your mittens and hats.

Take a thrilling ride down the two-story tall, 12-lane snow tubing hill made with real snow at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine.

Snow Tubing: There is a 100 percent chance of snow in Grapevine this holiday season. Grab a tube and enjoy a thrilling ride down the two-story, 12.-lane snow-tubing hill made with two-million-pounds of real snow.

Ice Skating: Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide at Gaylord Texan’s 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink. Christmas in Grapevine has never been more fun.

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions: Delight in the reading of classic holiday stories and sing-along to Christmas carols, all while enjoying a batch of Mrs. Claus’ world famous cookies and a glass of ice cold milk.

Gingerbread Decorating Corner: This fun, interactive decorating tradition just got a whole lot sweeter. Choose from a tasty gingerbread cookie family kit, a snowman kit, a traditional gingerbread house kit. After decorating to your heart’s content, make your way to meet The Gingerbread Man for a heartwarming hug that you can capture with your own camera.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Choose from all kinds of furry friends, add lots of stuffing and make a wish on a heart. Let your imagination soar and create your story at the exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop at Gaylord Texan.

Holiday Escape Rooms: Escape the North Pole: Grab your jackets and embark on a wintry adventure with Mrs. Claus to Escape the North Pole. Solve the puzzles and riddles to make your grand escape.

Top Secret Elf Mission: Can you keep a secret?  Join Santa’s elves on a special assignment at the Top-Secret Elf Mission Escape Room.  Work together, follow the clues and most importantly … don’t tell anyone of your secret mission!

Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast: Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends, Clarice and Bumble, at Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast.  Children of all ages will enjoy this unique culinary event with a sing-a-long and a tasty brunch buffet.

Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunt: Join team Rudolph and play reindeer games to find the Misfit Toys hiding inside Gaylord Texan’s indoor gardens. All families who help Rudolph accomplish the special Christmas expedition will receive a prize.

The All-New Christmas Carousel: Get in the holiday spirit with a spin on the Christmas Carousel. Enjoy this timeless family-friendly activity inside the winter wonderland.

For more information on all of Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas events and activities, or to purchase event tickets and holiday room packages, visit:

CTG Staff
CTG Staff
The Cross Timbers Gazette is a locally-owned and operated regional newspaper and website covering community news and people in southern Denton County, TX, including the communities of Argyle, Bartonville, Canyon Falls, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Harvest, Highland Village, Lantana and Robson Ranch.

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