Category Archives: Grapevine CVB

House of Shine Features Kid Entrepreneurs and a Holiday Craft Fair in the Christmas Capital of Texas

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House of Shine, a nonprofit, interactive museum dedicated to the study of self, is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair featuring young entrepreneurs on Saturday, November 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 334 S. Barton St. More than 30 students ages 8 to 18 will showcase their talents in painting, jewelry, pottery, photography, textile crafts, and much more.

Each student is mentored through the creation and promotion process by a local entrepreneur. 10% of each participant’s proceeds will go to a charity of their choice. Holiday music will be played and sung by local students in the House of Shine backyard.

Additionally, House of Shine is bringing joy all season long through their Santa’s Mailbox. Stop by the House of Shine to send a letter to Santa in their unique Santa Mailbox. Letters will be accepted Wednesday, December 1 – Monday, December 20. Volunteers from the Grapevine community will be helping Santa respond to the letters.

They are also hosting the Christmas-focused “Shineworks” experience, a DIY meets random act of kindness activity. Using everyday household items, participants become Santa’s elves working in Santa’s workshop and create one-of-a-kind holiday-themed crafts. They leave ready to share it with a deserving person in the community. November 23, December 7, and 21 from 3:34 to 4:45 p.m.

ABOUT HOUSE OF SHINE:

House of Shine is a nonprofit, interactive museum dedicated to the study of you. Our mission is to grow confident and self-aware leaders, ages 5 to 95, to make meaningful contributions in their corner of the world. We believe that inside every person is a unique set of talents and gifts that are just waiting to be discovered. Whether you are five or 95, our interactive museum, K-12 curriculum, and self-discovery programs will help you unearth your SHINE – uncovering who you are and how you can make a positive impact on the world. For more information, please visit houseofshine.com. To see our program schedule, please visit https://www.houseofshine.com/calendar/.

UNWRAP A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS IN GRAPEVINE,THE CHRISTMAS CAPITAL OF TEXAS ®

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (November 4, 2021) – Unwrap a classic Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas ®! Be amazed by a massive live Christmas tree on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, walk among millions of twinkling lights and enormous decorations, and enjoy seasonal events to create lifelong memories.

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The Gaylord Texan Resort invites you to journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to save Christmas while Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland has a 100 percent chance of snow with daily indoor snow showers and holiday fun in their winter wonderland. Cozy up to hot mulled wines in Grapevine’s renowned winery tasting rooms. Grapevine’s chef-owned bistros and cafes will delight you with world-class tastes of Christmas dining and uniquely crafted holiday drinks. Watch classic Christmas movies on the big screen and see magical Christmas performances at the Palace Theatre. This Christmas, treat yourself to a classic Christmas in Grapevine.

See What Christmas is All About at Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas: Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas brings the joy of Christmas to life! Marvel at dazzling light shows, towering Christmas trees, magical miniature train sets, and thousands of shimmering ornaments. A new offering this year is Mission: Save Christmas Featuring Elf™, a Warner Bros.-themed Entertainment piece. Join Buddy the Elf and save Christmas. Team up with Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the iconic department store, take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park and so much more. Also, new this year is Merry & Light, a whimsical, walk-through of an outdoor Christmas lights attraction featuring more than 400,000 lights, a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree with an animated light show, a North Pole display with real falling snow, and more. Inside find a snow-tubing hill, indoor ice-skating rink, snow to build life-size snowmen, and many more family-friendly activities.

ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com, November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022.

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Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. Enjoy daily indoor snow showers, Snowland Bingo, seasonally-themed crafts, holiday stories, and songs as well as “Twas the Night Before Snowland” Yoga Tails, and the evening Frost Fest Family Dance Party. Transport to a private oasis in a candy cane chalet within the Snowland Cabanas in the water park. Each Cabana features elaborate holiday-themed décor, inviting guests to cozy up on a lounge chair next to a glowing Christmas tree for a respite from the chilly winter weather inside the 84-degree water park. Each Cabana also includes a wreath-shaped tube to use on the Crooked Creek lazy river.

For information and reservations, visit GreatWolf.com, November 19, 2021- January 3, 2022.

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Be Enchanted by the Beauty of Christmas on Main: Unwrap a classic Christmas on Main Street this season and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows, and wreaths, all set aglow with twinkling lights. Enjoy larger-than-life decorations galore up and down Historic Main Street. After a merry walk down Main Street, enjoy mulled wine at winery tasting rooms along the Urban Wine Trail and the flavors and aromas of Christmas at Grapevine’s more than 200 restaurants, bistros, and cafes.

To read about all of the events that Grapevine has to offer at Christmastime, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

Grapevine Unveils Bronze Sculpture Honoring Cotton Farmers

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GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (October 21, 2021) – Grapevine’s latest work of public art, the life-size bronze statue “Choppin Cotton,” harkens back to a time when cotton was king. The sculpture, soon to be surrounded by rows of cotton, depicts a farmer in his field, head down and focused on thinning the weaker cotton growth with a hoe, to ensure maximum crop production. Sculpted by John Rule, the public artwork pays tribute to agrarian families who arduously farmed cotton on the Grape Vine Prairie to support themselves and their community.

Grapevine, founded in 1844, is the oldest settlement in Tarrant County and has a rich agrarian history. Area farmers succeeded only through hard physical labor, a subsistence lifestyle and dependence on local and outer market trade – initially reachable only by wagons and dirt roads. With the arrival of the railroad and the Cotton Belt Route in 1888, Grapevine’s agrarian community connected to the global trade market and the sale of cotton crops and other commodities expanded. A leading American export during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, king cotton brought Grapevine prosperity – and more hours spent “choppin cotton.”

The statue is located in the fields of historic Nash Farm, a living history farm where Grapevine’s 19th century agrarian traditions are preserved. The farm includes the original 1869 farmhouse, historic barn and other structures. The farm raises heritage breed livestock including Gulf Coast sheep, turkeys, and chickens, as well as heirloom field crops and produce.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Texas Wine Month Events in Grapevine

Across the state of Texas, October is known as Texas Wine Month, a 31-day-long celebration of Texas wines and the Texas Wine Industry. Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the nation with more than 400 wineries and over 5,000 acres of producing vineyard farmland.  Grapevine, a trendsetter in wine culture and a leader in the wine industry, is home to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, as well as seven winery tasting rooms and award winning, wine-centric festivals and events. 

Wine enthusiasts are invited to celebrate Texas Wine Month in Historic Grapevine, which kicks off with the 38th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competitionand the Nash Farm Harvest Moon Supper (NOTE: This event has been delayed because of weather. The event is now scheduled for October 7) featuring Bull Lion Ranch and Vineyard Wines. Additional wine activities include the Urban Wine Trail, the “Witch Way to the Wine” tour, Grapevine Wine Tours and more.   

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CHRISTMAS WINE TRAIN TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Christmas Wine Trains! Escape the hustle and bustle of the season inside the beautifully decorated coaches of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad on Thursday, December 2, Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16.

Get in the Christmas spirit and celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Wine Experience train ride. This festive train ride includes personally packaged savory bites, a delicious dessert, and two complimentary glasses of fine Texas wine from a Grapevine Winery tasting room served in a souvenir glass. Tickets are $45 per person. This train is wheelchair accessible.

Enjoy a limited Premier Class experience and reserve a table for four. Premier Class offers hot plated meals, decadent desserts, three (3) 4-ounce glasses of fine Texas wine from a Grapevine Winery Tasting Room and a souvenir wine glass. Premier Class tickets are $320 per table. This train is not wheelchair accessible. Only offered on December 9 and 16 Grapevine Excursions.

Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. with a final boarding call at 7:20 p.m.

Additional glasses of wine are available for purchase.

The Christmas Wine Trains are open to adults 21+ only.

Thursday, December 2, the train departs from the Historic Stockyards Station, located at 140 E. Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. Advanced parking for the Fort Worth experience may be purchased for $10 per vehicle when purchasing tickets.

Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16 the train departs from Cotton Belt Railroad

Historic District, located at 705 S. Main St. in Grapevine, Texas. Free Parking may be found at 636 S. Main St. and throughout Historic Grapevine. Additional parking is offered at 225 E. Dallas Rd. at Grapevine Main Station; parking at this location is free for the first 90 minutes and is $1 for each additional hour.

Visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/wine-trains/ or call 817.410.3185 for more information.

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.

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.

35th Annual Grapefest® – A Texas Wine Experience Offers Free Admission for Opening Day Only on Thursday, Sept. 16

Raise a glass and celebrate wine at Grapevine’s 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience , presented by Bank of the West, September 16, 17, 18 and 19. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas and from guest wineries from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley. For up-to-the-minute schedule and event information, visit GrapeFest.com.

Today (Thursday) ONLY: FREE ADMISSION! 11am – 9pm

Special Event:

Thursday, September 16:

Sister Cities Friendship Hall dedication takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Settlement to City Museums, located at 206 W. Hudgins St. This new community and event venue features artifacts and photographs of Grapevine’s Sister Cities: Parras de la Fuente, Mexico; Krems, Austria; and West Lothian, Scotland.

FESTIVAL EVENTS

People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, features more than 30 Texas wines and is located at the Cotton Belt Railroad District (705 S. Main St.).

  • Thursday, September 16: VIP Session at 5 p.m.; Session 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: 1 p.m., 3 p.m.  Awards Presentation at 5 p.m.

Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort features wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley, located in Liberty Park (215 S. Main St.).

  • Thursday, September 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Noon to 6 p.m.

Champagne Terrace, sponsored by DFW Hilton Lakes features champagne and sparking wine under the shade of the oak trees and is the ideal setting to enjoy a glass of premium bubbly. Champagne Terrace is located in Weem’s Alley (between Palace Arts Center and City Hall).

  • Thursday, September 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Noon to 6 p.m.

GrapeStomp invites teams of two tow stomp 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes to see how much grape juice they can produce. Winners earn  the highly- coveted Purple Foot Award. GrapeStomp located at Main Street and Wall Street.

  • Thursday, September 16: every half hour 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: every half hour 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18:  every half hour 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19:  every half hour 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Grand Champion Stomp-Off at 4 p.m.
  • Mayoral GrapeStomp occurs on Sunday, September 19 at 11 a.m. and will feature teams from across North Texas.

Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, sponsored by Texas Gun Experience, invites participants to test their accuracy shooting a cork from a champagne bottle.

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11 – 11:30 a.m.; Noon – 12:30 p.m.; 2:30- 3 p.m.; 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: 11:30 a.m. – Noon; 2 -2:30 p.m.; 4:30- 5 p.m.;
  • Champagne Cork Shoot-Off Championship: Sunday, September 19 5 -5:30 p.m.  

LIVE MUSIC

Live Music will play non-stop on four stages during the festival.

For Thursday, September 16:

  • Grapevine Mills Stage: MurLoh 1 – 6 p.m.; Journey Tribute Band Escape – 7:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Park Plaza Stage: K Ellingson Group – 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Town Square Gazebo Stage: Josh Christopher Davis Band – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.  and Chaz Marie Band 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station: Rob Holbert Group starting at 6 p.m.

Remembering Our Fallen Photographic Memorial by Patriotic Productionsis in Grapevine to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 will be located at Main Street and College Street.   

GALLERIES

Tower Gallery at 636 S. Main Street features the “Festival of Grapes” art show.

Faust Event Center hosts the Grapevine Art Project’s “Artists Uncorked.”

THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday.  Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. Credit cards and cash will be accepted at booths and various locations throughout the festival. Paper coupons will be used throughout the festival for various purchases and activities. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com.