Category Archives: Family-Friendly Activities

Mother Son Date Night: Space Blast

Ready, set, BLAST OFF! Attention all moms and sons! Are you ready for a date night that is out of this WORLD? Then be sure to sign up for a night out together that will take you to Neptune and back!

This space-tacular event is guaranteed to be a blast with intergalactic entertainment, activities that will take you to another planet, and food from across the galaxies. Come ready to glow like the stars as we blast off to space!

Ticket prices are per person and will be available for purchase at GoGrapevine.com/MotherSon. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Dates: Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5
  • Location: Foundations Church Grapevine, 1520 W Wall Street
  • Time: Friday, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, 3:30-6:00 pm, 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Ages: 2-18 years old
  • Fee: Grapevine Residents – Ticket sales begin 1/17- $20 per person; Non-Resident- Ticket sales begin 1/24- $25 per personRegistration Deadline: Wednesday, March 2
  • Additional Information: Dinner and dessert provided. Check the website closer to the event date for the full menu.

Grand Prairie’s Epic Waters Indoor Water Park Offers Events Through the New Year

Epic Waters, North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark, is currently offering a series of programs, shows, and activities under the banner “H20lidays.” Not only do these family-friendly events celebrate the holiday season, but they also mark the Park’s third anniversary. Here is what’s in store for H20lidays:

DECEMBER:

Breakfast with Santa

  • Dates: 12/11, 12/12 and 12/18, 12/19
  • Time: 9am – 11am (Doors open at 8:30am)
  • Description: Enjoy a festive holiday spread with Santa himself! Santa is making a pitstop at Epic Waters and is bringing Mrs. Claus and even the workshop elves to join in on the party! Guests can expect an immersive meet-and-greet experience with Santa while enjoying some tasty food, activities, and more. All tickets include full-day admission into Epic Waters plus one take-home photo with Santa! 

Epic Family New Year

  • Date: December 31,2021 – January 1, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Description: North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark is celebrating the holiday spirit to Grand Prairie with a New Year’s Eve Bash that is sure to amaze! Spend your New Year’s Eve on the beach with our Epic Crew as we ring in 2022! Add to your experience with a delicious New Years’ dinner like no other! Guests can enjoy immersive activities, delicious eats, and live entertainment as we keep the party going all night long. 

4th Annual Epic Plunge 

  • Date: February 6, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Description: Guests can kick off the new year and take the Epic Plunge with our Crew into anticipated water temperatures in the 50’s! Afterward, they can thaw off with a cup of hot chocolate while inside the waterpark, which is kept at a pleasant 84 degrees. All participants willing to brave the cold and take the plunge will receive an “I Conquered the Epic Plunge” long-sleeved t-shirt, hot chocolate after they take the plunge, as well as a full-day admission ticket to enjoy everything Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark has to offer. 

For more information, visit https://epicwatersgp.com/

Peace Together Walk THIS Saturday, Nov. 6

Hi Folks – I can’t tell you how excited I am about the Peace Together Walk happening SaturdayNovember 6th in Colleyville. So many people will be coming out and showing our community that we don’t have to give in to the fear, distrust, and hatred that threatens our society.

The value of an event like our Walk comes from the opportunity to spend time with people that have different backgrounds and perspectives than ourselves, people that may look different than us, who perhaps pray in a different way than we do, or who may simply possess a different belief system in some non-threatening ways. I’m sure there are many people in your life, perhaps a friend or family member, who has a perspective that would be valuable to share with others. Would you please bring them along with you to the Walk? Whether or not they or you have formally registered for the Walk will not matter—all are welcome. Just be at the parking lot of Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville (overflow parking available at First United Methodist Church Colleyville) at 12:30 PM and we will transport you to the Opening Ceremonies at the Colleyville Masjid.

Please also review the list of donated food items below that we will be collecting at the Walk on behalf of the GRACE food pantry, to benefit local families who need support this holiday season.

My thanks to each of you, and those you reach out to and bring to YOUR Walk, for taking the time to share your story with others. Standing together we can make a difference. Together we can continue to rise up when hatred, bigotry, discrimination, and intolerance try to push us down. Love, friendship, and understanding will make us the winners.

Thank you so much for your support and all the love you’ve shown Peace Together already! See you Saturday! 

Howard Rosenthal

Register HERE (FREE)

Event Details:

  • Park Early: 12:30 PM @ Good Shepherd Catholic Community, Colleyville
  • Overflow Parking: First United Methodist Church Colleyville
  • Walk Kickoff: 2:00 PM @ Colleyville Masjid
  • Three-mile walk with stopping points and assistance back to parking
  • Walkers will be transported to walk kickoff from parking lots
  • No pets, please! Everyone welcome!
  • Emergency Assistance Provided

Closing Ceremonies: 4:30 PM @ Congregation Beth Israel

Grand Prairie hosts Halloween fun this weekend

The Grand Prairie Police Department in conjunction with Grand Prairie Texas Talk will be holding its Trunk or Treat event this Friday, October 29 from 6-8pm at the GP Police Department.

If you or your organization plan to attend and need candy for your trunk or booth, please click on this link and fill out the form so we know how much candy to buy:  Trunk or Treat Sign Up Sheet.xlsx

Also, our friends at Prairie Paws are hosting a Howl-O-Ween Pawty at the same time if you want to hop on over there before/after our Trunk or Treat.

They will have a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, contests, cats, canines, and CANDY! Bring your whole family to the Prairie Paws Adoption Center for a FREE DOGgone good time! Costumes encouraged!

*Please only bring human family members!

**They will have vendors with items available for purchase.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Chelsea Kretz at 469-354-4703 or email ckretz@gptx.org

Flutter Into Fall at Grapevine’s 24th Annual Butterfly Flutter

Flutter into fall on Saturday, October 16 for the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, presented by Cook Children’s Healthcare System. This event celebrates the migration of the iconic North American monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine.

Monarch butterflies have often been considered messengers of inspiration, beauty and the power to transform. Participate in a gossamer parade and enjoy live butterfly releases, crafts and more! The event is also presented by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grapevine Garden Club and the City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.

Dress your favorite pet, yourself and your family in butterfly-themed costumes and participate in the Butterfly Flutterby gossamer costume contest and strolling parade in Grapevine’s Historic District, sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services. Contest and parade registration are free and begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau parking lot, located at 636 S. Main St. You must be registered to participate in the contest and parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park (411 Ball St.). Strollers are welcome and encouraged for younger participants. Prizes will be awarded for the best pet costume, costume by age group (children only), and best costumes for adults and/or children in a group.

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

After the parade, join in the fun at the Grapevine Botanical Garden with butterfly arts and crafts, sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, where you can make your own pet bandana, beaded butterfly, pom pom caterpillars and more. Enjoy the Migration Station, brought to you by Marshall Grain Co., and learn all about which plants attract butterflies, what butterflies eat and more! See more than 300 butterflies from around the world. There will be Monarch T-shirt making, compliments of the T-Shirt Guys. Hear butterfly stories and learn more fun facts at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Visit the Pewitt Educational Pavilion where artwork by Grapevine/Colleyville ISD kindergarteners through fifth graders will be on display. This year’s theme is “Diary of a Monarch.” Contest winners will be announced at noon from the main stage.

LIVE butterfly releases, sponsored by Brightview Landscape Services, will occur at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens. There will be a final release at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) during the Annual Fall Round Up. Line up near the main stage for a chance to get your own Monarch to release. The Monarchs are tagged with a special device to help us track their migration to Mexico.

The Mayor’s Monarch Pledge will be read proclaiming Grapevine as a city that will do its part to protect and preserve the monarch butterfly environment. Admission and all activities are free. Concessions and refreshments including snow cones and popsicles from Hip Pop and popcorn from the Sister Cities program will be available for purchase.

Butterfly photo ops abound and there will also be Butterfly Flutterby swag available for purchase.

Have a Fang-Tastic Good Time at Grapevine’s Halloween-Themed Events

Have a fiendishly fabulous time during Halloween in Grapevine this October. From train rides and wine trails to scary stories and more, there’s something for Halloween trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

Spirited revelers are invited to don their best costumes for a ride aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. During this spook-tacular ride, enjoy two Texas craft brews served in a commemorative mug, deliciously freaky fare of savory bites and spirited entertainment. The Witches Brew Train is $39 per ticket and is open to those 21+ only. This train departs from the Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Start trick-or-treat early aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat trains on October 30. Enjoy a Halloween storybook reading, interactive games and a pre-packaged bag of treats. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! These excursions are one-hour long. Trains depart at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages will enjoy Bewitched by the Barn at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This family-friendly event features stories that become spookier as the night progresses. Guests may also enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Make sure to bring flashlights, chairs and blankets. Admission is $3 per person.

Participate in an All Hallows’ Masquerade at Settlement to City Museums (206 W. Hudgins St.) on Saturday, October 23. Learn Victorian Halloween traditions, make masks and enjoy tricks and treats from 10 a.m. to Noon. Visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre hosts classic Halloween-themed movies all month long. Enjoy dinner at a Grapevine restaurant before the show and receive a free small popcorn with a same-day receipt. Tickets are $6. The Palace Theatre is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine at 300 S. Main St. The upcoming movie schedule includes:

  • “Bride of Frankenstein,” Friday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. NR (1935)
  • “Beetlejuice,” Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1988)
  • “Dracula,” Saturday, October 9, 4 p.m. NR (1931)
  • “Young Frankenstein,” Saturday, October 9 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1974)
  • “Hocus Pocus,” Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rated PG (1993)

On Saturday, October 30, join Sound Bachs at the Palace Theatre as they play some of the best spooky classic rock songs by artists such as The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and more. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23 per person.

Little boos and ghouls will enjoy Halloween-themed cartoons and crafts each Tuesday in October at the Lancaster Theatre (300 S. Main St.). Watch Halloween classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Scooby Doo: Mummy Scares Best” and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.” Then craft your own ghost door hangers, Halloween picture magnets, pumpkin glasses and more. Cost is $6 per child.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio is firing up the furnace this fall for their Hand-Blown Help Create Pumpkin Workshops, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1 through October 30. Glass artisans will help you create a pumpkin from molten glass. Twist your color to create your own personalized design. Advance reservations are required, ages 12+. Visit www.vetroartglass.com for dates, times and details. 701 S. Main St.

Get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday, October 30 along the “Witch Way to the Wine” Hallo -Wine Trail, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). Three wine tastings and food pairings will be offered at each participating winery. This event takes place rain or shine. The trail runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is $50 per person; day of event tickets are $55 per person. Visit https://grapevinewinerytrail.com/ to learn more.

Each Friday and Saturday during October, learn about Grapevine’s paranormal past on the Grapevine Night Watchman Tour, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). A blend of hauntings and history, the tour features tales about Main Street, such as the infamous bank robbery of 1932 and a haunted winery tasting room. Beginning at Grape Vine Springs Winery, the walking tour lasts 90 minutes through Grapevine and concludes with a complimentary glass of wine upon returning to the winery. Group tours available. Visit https://www.grapevinespringswinery.com/ or call 817.329.1011 for days and times.

Meet a cast of wily characters and try to figure out whodunnit as the Texas Star Dinner Theater (816 S. Main St.) performs “Dead, Dead on the Range” on Saturday, October 30. The town is bustling with elections, cattle drives, promises of a railroad, and murder! Horace Grimsby, the wealthiest Cattle Baron in Texas, has been found dead and it’s up to Marshal Jim Courtright to bring the killer to justice. Did the Mayoral nominee Roger “Rooster” Montebank get involved in an election scandal? Could the lead reporter for the International Inquisitor, Barbara Wawas, have made her own headlines? Perhaps Buster Beggs, the gentle sheep herder, was bullied by the bull king one too many times. Or was his wife, Emma Grimsby, tired of marriage and looking to get rich quick? Tickets are $59.95 + tax per person. Visit https://www.texasstardinnertheater.com/ for tickets.

Have a BOO-tiful time all October long at LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center. Their Brick-or-Treat event invites you to build your own haunted house, create your own DOTS bracelet or take a photo with a 6-foot-tall Jack-O-Lantern. Venture through MINILAND to spot skeletons, monsters, trick-or-treaters and more! On weekends help Master Model Builder, Thad, build a Dracula Big Build ® . For more information, visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/DallasFW. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

For a frightfully good time, see divers carve pumpkins underwater at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium every Sunday and Wednesday in October, starting Sunday, October 10. Learn spooky fish facts at the aquarium’s several underwater Halloween adventures. VisitSeaLife.com/Grapevine for details. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

Gather your favorite ghouls and goblins and enjoy festive Halloween fun all weekend long at Grapevine’s many cafés, bistros and restaurants. Live music at various venues along Main Street will get you in the mood to shake, rattle and roll!

Stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort and enjoy family-friendly fun at their second annual Goblins & Giggles event that runs through October 31. Join in for Ghost Stories LIVE! where you become part of a spooky, interactive Texas ghost story. Participate in other events such as the Trick or Treat Expedition where you will experience a world of Halloween fun, Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunts with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Goblin & Giggles Art Studio and more. For details on events and reservations, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/offer/goblins-and-giggles-package/654/.

Great Wolf Lodge invites guests to a month of Halloween-themed fun with a variety of fab-BOO-lous events and treats to celebrate the spooky season. Enjoy a game like Howl-o-Ween Trivia or Boo Bingo. Create spooky creations with craft kits or flex and stretch during a Halloween-themed yoga class. Put on your costume for trick-or-treat adventures and the Monster Bash Dance Party. Visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/listing/great-wolf-lodge/8/ for more details.

Fall Into Family-Friendly Fun in Grapevine

Get outside to enjoy cooler temperatures and fall fun throughout October at these family-friendly events in Grapevine.

Celebrate the splendor of the setting sun this fall from 12 stories high! Visit the Grapevine Observation Tower from October 1-31 to experience the Fall Sunset Series. The Observation Tower (815 S. Main St.) offers spectacular 360-degree sunset views over historic Grapevine and across the Fort Worth and Dallas skylines on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., $3 per person. On Thursdays, enjoy free music on Peace Plaza after your tour. Private bookings are also available with seven days’ notice. Contact the Visitor Information Center at 817.410.3189 or email GVMVC@GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Welcome fall’s cool breezes and changing leaves aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (GVRR). Step back in time on the GVRR Cotton Belt Route to the Historic Stockyards Station in Fort Worth, keep an eye out for greedy outlaws who may attempt a train heist! Check in for adventure in Downtown Grapevine at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.). The Cotton Belt Route runs every Saturday and Sunday through November 21, excluding October 30. Check in between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; trains depart at 12:50 p.m. and return to Grapevine at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18- $26 per person.

Enjoy a one-hour train ride aboard the GVRR Tahwahkarro Creek Excursion. Train robbers may also strike as passengers ride along the historic Cotton Belt Route before returning to Historic Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.). Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. Trains depart at 11 a.m. and return to Grapevine at Noon. The Tahwahkarro Creek Excursion runs every Saturday through November 20, excluding October 30. Tickets are $10 – $12 per person. Visit GVRR.com for more information.

Enjoy a round-trip ride on the GVRR Trinity River Train Excursion which originates at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards and travels along the Cotton Belt Route for a 22-minute train ride. The Trinity River Excursion runs every Saturday and Sunday through November 21, excluding October 30. Trains depart at approximately 3 p.m. and return to the Stockyards at approximately 3:45 p.m. This excursion does not travel to Grapevine. Tickets are $10 – $12 per person. Schedules are subject to change. Please check GVRR.com for the most up-to-date information.

Experience farm-fresh flavors of fall from a 19th century-inspired menu at the Nash Farm Harvest Moon Supper on Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. This event kicks off Texas Wine month and will feature wines from Bull Lion Ranch and Winery. The Lone Star String Band will serenade guests as they dine at tables across the Farm’s meadow. The Harvest Moon menu will include flavors of fall with many selections having been grown or produced on Nash Farm. Living history culinary vignettes throughout the farmstead allow attendees to experience 19th century dishes. Culinary historians will be on hand to discuss historic food preparations. Nash Farm’s Harvest Moon Supper is presented by MGS Sunset Holdings, LLC, and supported by Nash Farm Mission Partners – National Bank of Texas and Wright Construction Company. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit NashFarm.org.

Put on your lederhosen and get ready to dance at Oktoberfest on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station (815 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. The wonderful Oom-Pah Daddies will fill the air with a variety of polka music and traditional Oktoberfest tunes. Enjoy games and German style brews from Hop & Sting Brewing Co. sold by our partners at Harvest Hall and served by members of the Craft Brew Guild of Grapevine, one of Grapevine’s newest civic and service organizations. This event is FREE; purchase brews sold by Harvest Hall. PROST Y’all!

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

Adopt a duck and join the Grapevine Rotary Club on Wednesday, October 13 for the 4th Annual
Rubber Duck Race
in the Lazy River at the REC of Grapevine (1175 Municipal Way) from 5 – 7 p.m. Thousands of free-spirited yellow rubber ducks will be dropped in the REC Lazy River to race to the finish line. 100 percent of all proceeds support the Grapevine Rotary Club community programs such as scholarships for high school seniors, Computers for Kids, Special Olympics, Feed Our Kids, American Flags on Main Street and more. Visit grapevinerotaryduckrace.com/ for duck adoptions and more information.

Celebrate fall and the flavors of Grapevine at the 25th Annual Great Taste of Grapevine on Thursday, October 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Hilton DFW Lakes (1800 Hwy 26 E.). This fundraising foodie event will have more than 20 local restaurants, live music, raffle and more. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce School Supplies Program and the Christmas Seniors. Adult Early Bird admission is $30, $40 at the door; children 12 and under are $10. Visit grapevinetexasusa.com for more details.

Grab your dance partner and boot scoot to your way to Nash Farm’s Barn Dance and Pie Auction on Friday, October 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.). Dine on a fried chicken box supper, then dance the night away as the live band leads called dances from atop a farm truck by the big red barn. Take a dance intermission and play a game of horseshoes or other family-friendly games. Place your bid on delectable pies during the pie auction. Bring a date or your family for this fun fall event. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit NashFarm.org or call 817.410.3558 for tickets and more details.

Experience life on the farm at the 21st Annual Fall Round-Up at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This family-friendly event includes activities such as the Agricultural Expo where guests learn about grain processing, campfire cooking demos and other historic demonstrations. Enjoy a beans and cornbread lunch then see farm animals, play games, learn about rope making and take a pony and wagon ride. The Farmers Institute, located just outside Nash Farmhouse, will demonstrate farm skills such as maintaining livestock, carpentry, sewing and food preservation. This event is FREE. Concessions will be available for purchase. Visit NashFarm.org or call 817.410.3558 for tickets and more details.

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

Flutter into fall at the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby on Saturday, October 16, presented by Cook Children’s Health Care System! People and pets dressed in butterfly finery will parade through Grapevine’s Historic District during the Gossamer Costume Parade, sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services. The parade will be followed by LIVE butterfly releases, sponsored by Brightview Landscape, held at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park (411 Ball St.) at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., with a final release at Nash Farm (626 Ball Street) at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy an Arts & Crafts Station, sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, a Migration Station and Monarch T-Shirt Making, compliments of The T-Shirt Guys. Hear butterfly stories and learn more fun facts about butterflies at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. This event is FREE. Parade registration is required and begins at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau (636 S. Main St.). Visit grapevinetexasusa.com/events/butterfly-flutterby/ for more information.

Wings Over Dallas Airshow Oct. 29-31

EXCITING NEWS!! HERE COME THE WARBIRDS! 

The CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow is ONE MONTH AWAY! Join us October 29, 30, and 31 at Dallas Executive Airport. Get your tickets today, and don’t miss the Nation’s premier World War II themed airshow. 

GET $5 OFF WITH PROMO CODE: FLASH5 

Promo good for General Admission tickets purchased online until 10/1/2021.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, click HERE!

All aboard! Tickets for the North Pole Express® go on sale Tuesday, September 28

Experience the magic of Christmas on a train ride hosted by Mrs. Claus on board the beautifully decorated Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express, presented by Great Wolf Lodge and Trinity Metro TEXRail.

Put on your best Christmas pajamas and join Mrs. Claus as she picks up Santa and brings him to the Christmas Capital of Texas®.  Along the journey, join in singing along to Christmas favorites and enjoy Santa’s favorite delicious chocolate chip cookies, lovingly baked by Mrs. Claus.  Mrs. Claus will also give each child a magical “We Believe” silver bell that reminds you of the spirit of Christmas and of all of the goodness and kindness within you.

When you ring the bell at just the right time, Santa will appear and travel with you back to the Christmas Capital of Texas. Santa will magically whip up his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk for you to enjoy from your Keepsake Memory Mug. stroll through the snowy North Pole Forest before making your way to take a keepsake photo with Santa.

Mrs. Claus and Santa will be on the trains every day starting November 26 through December 23, excluding December 2, 9 and 16.

Mrs. Claus visits with a young rider/Photo: Grapevine CVB

The North Pole Express Experience includes a:

  • Souvenir ticket
  • Christmas train ride hosted by Mrs. Claus
  • Magical “We Believe” silver bell for all children
  • Delicious chocolate chip cookie lovingly baked by Mrs. Claus
  • Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk in a Keepsake Memory Mug
  • On board visit from Santa
  • Keepsake photo with Santa
  • Stroll through the snowy Grapevine Christmas Village Forest 

Purchase tickets as soon as possible as excursions sell out quickly.

  • Children who have celebrated their first birthday require a ticket.
  •  Those under one year require a lap child ticket, $5 per ticket.
  • First Class Coaches are heated and offer upholstered bench-style seating. Tickets are $40 per person. 
  • Touring Class Coaches are heated, offer wooden bench-style seating and floor to ceiling windows. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information about Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas, please visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas or contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817.410.3185.

Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas® with 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days. Tickets and ticket purchase links for events such as ICE!® and Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort, Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, Classic Christmas movies and live Christmas performances at the Historic Palace Theatre, Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure and more are available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas. Extend your visit to the Christmas Capital of Texas at one of Grapevine’s hotels. For Grapevine hotel information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Hotels.

Going to the State Fair of Texas: DART is Still the Best Way to Get There

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) makes getting to the 2021 State Fair of Texas quick and easy. Enjoy your light-rail ride in air-conditioned comfort September 24 through October 17 without having to find parking or battling traffic and get dropped off at one of two gates.

Green Line service

Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl stadium, are your choices on DART’s Green Line. Green Line trains will be available approximately every 10 minutes between downtown Dallas and the Fair Park stations.

Service changes

Fair days are always busy days on DART Rail and buses. DART will make the following changes beginning Monday, Sept. 20:

  • Extra Green Line trains will run on a loop between downtown Dallas and Fair Park approximately every 10 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • Orange Line service will be extended to Parker Road Station on all trips, weekdays and weekends (except for Saturday, October 9)
  • Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on all four Sundays during the fair
  • Visit DART.org/StateFair to view these special DART Rail schedules.

Making the connection

DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers can transfer easily to the Green Line. Just look for trains saying, “Fair Park,” “Buckner” or “Lawnview.”

To get to the Green Line:

  • Southbound Red, Blue and Orange Line passengers – transfer to the Green Line at Pearl/Arts District Station.
  • Northbound Red and Blue Line passengers – transfer to the Green Line at Akard Station.
  • Eastbound Orange Line passengers – transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station. For all days of the State Fair of Texas, except Saturday, October 9, all Orange Line trains will be extended to Parker Road Station. On October 9, Orange Line trains will only operate between DFW Airport and Bachman stations from approximately three hours before the game until three hours after the game.
  • TRE passengers can transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. Details are at TrinityRailwayExpress.org/StateFair
  • Customers using the Denton County Transportation Authority should check DCTA.net for departure and arrival times to connect at Trinity Mills Station to DART’s Green Line.

Smoothing out your ride with contactless payments

DART offers four great contactless options that make buying your pass fast, safe, and convenient:

  1. Credit or debit card: Now you can buy your DART pass with a contactless credit or debit card. Just tap your contactless card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus prior to boarding — and you’re on your way to all the fun of the fair.
  2. Mobile device: Using Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, tap your payment-enabled mobile device to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus to buy your pass and start your fair adventure.
  3. GoPass® app: Download the latest version of the app for free from the App Store or Google Play. Just be sure to activate your DART pass before you board.
  4. GoPass® Tap card: Available at 7-Eleven and hundreds of participating retailers, GoPass Tap is the reloadable transit card that automatically gives you the best fare every time you ride. Simply tap your card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus prior to boarding, and your fare is deducted automatically. (Note: GoPass Tap cards are valid for local fares only. GoPass Tap cards are not valid for travel on TEXRail, DCTA or Trinity Metro.)

Purchase a Local Day Pass for $6, good for DART Rail, local buses and riding the TRE from CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Tarrant and Denton County customers need a Regional Day Pass for $12.

Details are available at DART.org/StateFair or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

DART Alerts

DART makes it easier to keep up with transit information with My DART Updates. Register to receive important updates that make for a better riding experience. Subscribe at DART.org/rideralerts.

Two football games

Ride DART to the State Fair Classic between the Grambling State Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers on September 25. The AT&T Red River Showdown game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is on October 9.