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Start Planning the Perfect Vacation 2019

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Christmas Comes Early in Grapevine
Charlie Brown Makes His Comeback to the Christmas Capitol
Grapevine, TX

An Outdoor Adventure Right Outside Your Door

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Texas as Gaylord Texan Resort prepares for its 16th annual Lone Star Christmas event presented by Pepsi. Beginning November 15, 2019, families can celebrate the best time of the year in the resort’s magical winter wonderland. The decorations throughout the 125-acre property include two million twinkling lights where a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree glitters, over 15,000 ornaments, miniature train sets, two 25-foot tall toy soldiers and so much more!

One of the best parts of Lone Star Christmas is Gaylord Texan Resort’s signature event, ICE!, sponsored by Lexus and DEI. This magnificent event will amaze guests with two-story ice slides and life-size hand-carved ice sculptures all made from two million pounds of ice. This year’s theme is from the beloved story “A Charlie Brown Christmas” carved into magical holiday scenes created by forty master artisans from Harbin, China all within a 30-day span. As guests explore this 17,500- square-foot attraction— which also includes an ice bar (ages 21 years and up)—they feel like they’ve arrived to the North Pole.

In addition to ICE!, Gaylord Texan Resort includes other extraordinary holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy. For guests seeking a thrilling experience, there’s a giant 8-lane snow tubing hill made fresh each morning with real snow— two million pounds of it— where kids of all ages can race down in inner tubes. Gaylord Texan even brings ice skating under the Texas sky in their 14,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink. The little ones get to enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, where they get to sit around her comfy home to enjoy cookies and milk while she reads a favorite Christmas story. Other events include Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends, Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt, Santa Snow Throw, a Christmas Carousel, Photos with Santa, and so much more!

You can make your family holiday memories and experience Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort from November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Book your holiday room packages and event tickets at ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com.

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Shop, Sip and Explore
Grapevine, TX

Endless Activities for the Entire Family

Historic Grapevine, Texas is your gateway to Texas fun! Hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad or unwind along Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail. Play 81 holes of golf or take advantage of 8,000-plus acre Lake Grapevine. Check out the new attraction Peppa Pig World of Play or enjoy LEGOLAND® Discovery Center both located at Grapevine Mills. Enjoy seasonal fun at the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail, Main Street Fest and SummerBlast. Make time for great shopping, dining and more throughout Grapevine.

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An Oceanfront Oasis For Everyone
Kemah, TX 

An adventure and R&R, all in one place

For a seaside escape located just 20 miles outside of downtown Houston, load up the car and head for Kemah Boardwalk. With 60 acres of waterfront fun, a trip to Kemah Boardwalk promises a wide array of amusements and activities.

Stroll up and down the Midway for dancing fountains that shoot water up to 12 feet high — kiddos love splashing around these water jets, which are illuminated at night. You’ll also find Midway games for all ages and a double decker carousel boasting painted seals, horses and zebras to mount. If the Ferris wheel seems a little too tall for your little ones, head for the Wonder Wheel, a child-sized version of the classic attraction.

Be sure to schedule a visit to the Kemah Aquarium — between the rainforest exhibit with African elephant and lowland gorilla animatronics and the specialty-themed restaurant housing a 50,000-gallon tank filled with tropical fish, everyone in your crew is sure to be impressed. If you have little daredevils in tow, steer towards the Stingray Reef to touch (and even feed!) Southern and Cownose stingrays.

If you’re looking to cover a lot of ground, hop aboard the C.P. Huntington, a gas-powered train that carries passengers around the property. Give your family a taste of history on this gas-powered train, which is a handcrafted replica of a Central Pacific Railroad train from 1863.

Plan your trip for August 16th and take advantage of National Rollercoaster Day discounts for the Boardwalk Bullet, or you can enjoy Salsa Beats on August 24th where there will be free salsa lessons, dancing, special performers and plenty of kids activities that will keep everyone busy. Planning a trip in early September? If you’re a car fanatic you’ll want to catch the Mustang Car Show. Know you’re way around craft beer? Check out the annual Craft Beer Fest and sample over 72 unique beers from 24 breweries.

Find us here: kemahboardwalk.com