Just when you thought the Christmas Capital of Texas® couldn’t get any bigger, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that, for the first time, the city will unveil an all-new attraction for the 2022 holiday season: a 4,500-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink on Historic Main Street.
The Grapevine City Council recently approved an agreement with ICE Challenge Enterprises to construct and operate the temporary ice-skating rink on a contingency basis for the next three holiday seasons. The 90-by-50 ice rink will be adjacent to a 30-by-40 concession area located on Peace Plaza in front of Grapevine Main Station, home to Harvest Hall (815 S. Main St.). The towering live Christmas tree will remain in its location on the plaza, as well as the larger-than-life ornaments visitors have come to know and love each season, such as the giant reindeer, Victorian coaches, and more.
Construction of the rink will begin on November 11, and the rink will open on November 18. The rink will stay open for 52 days through January 8, 2023, making it a must-visit winter activity for all ages, and adding to the list of more than 1,400 attractions and events Grapevine hosts over 40 days during the holiday season. As home to the Christmas Capital of Texas®, it only makes sense that the new, exciting attraction would be placed on Grapevine’s Historic Main Street.
“Families from all over Texas and beyond will be delighted this year when they come to Grapevine and experience open-air ice skating on this exciting new rink,” Paul W. McCallum, Executive Director, said. “The rink will be a beautiful sight to see there on Peace Plaza, accompanied by an even bigger and brighter live Christmas tree for the 2022 season.”
The rink’s location in front of Grapevine Main Station is adjacent to the Historic Cotton Belt Depot, from which the highly anticipated North Pole Express® will depart. Tickets for the North Pole Express go on sale Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Visitors will be able to plan their holiday festivities in advance with a trip aboard the North Pole Express, holiday shopping along Main Street, comforting eats and warm drinks at the many restaurants and winery-tasting rooms, and a chance to hit the ice on the new outdoor rink.
About the Christmas Capital of Texas®
It’s merrier in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas®! Over 40 days, the city hosts more than 1,400 holiday-themed attractions and events, from the day after Thanksgiving through the month of December, so there’s always something magical to see, do, taste and experience. More than a million guests come to Grapevine at Christmastime, and there’s no question why—it’s the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with family and friends. Guests will be amazed by a city that dazzles and sparkles with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters, and much more.
About Grapevine, Texas
Historic Grapevine, Texas—centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth—is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas, providing guests a sophisticated escape from the big city. Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street and visit the more than 80 charming locally-owned shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, winery tasting rooms, restaurants, and artisans. Guests can unwind at one of the many award-winning winery tasting rooms, and rest easy at one of the city’s exceptional hotels, like Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center or Great Wolf Lodge, which features an indoor water park. Take advantage of recreation on Lake Grapevine as well as over nine miles of wilderness and biking trails. Hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad or experience late 19th-century farm life at historic Nash Farm. Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, Grapevine has something for everyone. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.
About Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau acts as the promotional arm of the City of Grapevine and is responsible for actively selling, marketing and publicizing Grapevine globally. The Bureau promotes the city’s hotels, meeting facilities, historic and family attractions, festivals and events, dining establishments and retail businesses to the group meetings and leisure markets.