Christmas in Texas is a time to celebrate family and friends through holiday activities and attractions. 10 cities below struggled for the holiday season. From magical light shows to holiday festivals, you’re sure to get a sense of the holiday spirit by visiting one of these 10 Christmas towns in Texas.
GrapevineHotel Prices & Photos
This list would not be complete without mentioning the Christmas capital of Texas, Grapevine. Visit The Vine during November, December, and even January for over a thousand different festive events. See the millions of Christmas lights and decorations that seem to adorn the entire city. Texas may not have a white Christmas, but you can still visit the ice sculptures and slides in artificial ICE! display at the Gaylord Texan Resort. ICE! has an impressive two million pounds of ice. Visitors to The Vine also indulge in other Christmas activities such as a train ride to the North Pole, a parade, and even outdoor screenings of their favorite Christmas movies. Finally, no Christmas town would be without a tree; See the 100-foot Christmas tree at the Gaylord Texan Resort.
FredericksburgHotel Prices & Photos
Christmas starts in this German town with a traditional Christmas market. However, that’s not the only thing that makes Fredericksburg a Christmas town in the Lone Star state. Enjoy the twinkling lights at the Lights in the Night Christmas Parade. Bring your chairs and blankets and watch the floats come down Main Street. Then take a photo with Santa, enjoy a gala dinner and cheer for AfterGlow at Marktplatz.
Wimberley (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Wimberley is not only known as a shopping or outdoor destination; it is also a Christmas town. Find great gifts for the holiday season by also attending the Winter Eve Christmas Festival or North Pole Village. However, one attraction you shouldn’t miss when visiting Wimberley in December is The Trail of Light at the Emily Ann Theater. This magical display features thousands of lights that span eight acres. There’s even a Yule Log on the Trail of Lights, the perfect place to roast marshmallows and keep warm between walks on this incredible light display.
San Antonio (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Christmas is a great time to walk along the river in San Antonio, as the trees illuminate the lights and Santa can be seen on gondolas. If you can get away from the lovely floodlit lights on the riverfront, attend one of San Antonio’s holiday parades or events. There is even an event that focuses on tamal, because eating tamal on holidays is truly a true Texas tradition. It’s called Tamales! The Holiday Festival is a festive event attended by over 40 different tamales suppliers.
Richmond (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Richmond, Texas has two events that rekindle the holiday spirit in this small Texas town. Campfire Christmas and Christmas in the Park are fun parties for the whole family located in Historic George Ranch Park. Ride a carriage ride, enjoy carols and enjoy an old-fashioned evening with a well-cooked Christmas dinner at Campfire Christmas. Christmas in the park offers unique activities through December, ranging from tutorials on gift wrapping to cooking demonstrations to classic holiday treats
Jefferson (Hotel Prices & Photos)
History buffs will love visiting Jefferson Town during the holiday season. Take a tour of Jefferson’s oldest homes, extravagantly decorated for the holidays. Known as the Festival of Lights, this tour is conducted by candlelight. Also don’t miss the Christmas Train, the Christmas Parade or the Enchanted Forest, where more than 100 trees twinkle with festive lights.
College Station (Hotel Prices & Photos)
College Station, better known as the campus home of Texas A&M University, turns into a Christmas town every holiday season. Although College Station hosts holiday parades and concerts, one of the attractions that qualifies it as a Christmas town is known as Santa’s Wonderland. Santa Claus Wonderland is basically a holiday village full of real snow, Santa Claus himself, a street screen that shows Christmas movies, hairids, live music and lots of Christmas lights.
Galveston (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Travel to Galveston to find the Christmas spirit along the Texas coast. Galveston Island hosts a number of Christmas and holiday events this holiday season. Moody Gardens has one of the most popular attractions in Galveston, regardless of the season. However, during Christmas, ice sculptures, an outdoor ice rink and a festival of lights can be seen at Moody Gardens.
Marshall (Hotel Prices & Photos)
See over 10 million lights that illuminate the entire city of Marshall to truly immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. Known as Wonderland of the World, this light show takes place on New Years Eve, so you can catch this winter wonderland even after Christmas is over. While in Marshall, also enjoy the Christmas Parade, Jingle Bell Run, outdoor ice rink, and other holiday rides and events hosted here.
Grande Prairie (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Rather than being exposed to the cold weather that sometimes hits Grande Prairie during the holiday season, enjoy a drive-through light display known as prairie lights from the comfort of your vehicle. Prairie Lights also has a holiday village with a gift shop, indoor laser show and a lively forest for walking. Santa can even be found here.