Lone Star Wonderland

Across the state of Texas, you will find a unique blend of festive celebrations and warm hospitality. Whether you are traveling with family or visiting loved ones this holiday season, consider checking out these three destinations for a memorable yuletide getaway. Close out the year on a magical note!

Gaylord Texan’s Grinch-themed ICE! in Grapevine

Photo by Aubrey Garcia

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic tale and a fan favorite at the Gaylord Texan. That's why they brought Whoville to life with the help of world-class ice artisans. For two decades, the Gaylord Texan has been showcasing incredible sculptures during their ICE! walk-through attractions. Feel your heart grow three sizes when you see carvings ranging from as small as a coin to over 30 feet tall.


Stanton Welch's The Nutcracker performed in Houston

Photo by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox

As the country's fourth-largest ballet company, every production put on by the Houston Ballet is a sight to behold. Throughout the month, you can experience The Nutcracker, which features hundreds of characters, elaborate sets, and stunning details. Journey through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets alongside skilled dancers during this premier holiday spectacular. This is choreographer Stanton Welch's 20th anniversary season with the Houston Ballet.


Holiday Lights on the River Walk in San Antonio

Photo by January Smith

There is no display quite like downtown San Antonio's River Walk around Christmastime. With over 100,000 lights draped over bald cypress trees, the public is invited to stroll the river banks starting at 5:30 PM. You might even get to hear caroling from the boats as they float by! While the holiday lights are free, dine outdoors at a restaurant along the River Walk to get the full experience.


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