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Make Christmas Memories Together At Gaylord Texan

Advice Editorial: Head For Holiday Vacation Everyone Will Enjoy

Perry Como may have crooned, “(Theres No Place Like) Home for the Holidays,” but a trip to Gaylord Texan Resort, with its festive decor, seasonal dining and original holiday experiences may be even better than staying home.  

This year, let someone else do the cooking and cleaning. Gather the family, pack the bags and head out of town for a Christmastime vacation everyone will enjoy. 

Close to home, but worlds apart   
Standing on the shores of the majestic Lake Grapevine, Gaylord Texan is a perfect choice for families looking for a fun holiday getaway close to home.  

Through Dec. 31, 2023, the resort transforms into a wondrous holiday haven with acres of décor, live entertainment and immersive activities for all ages.   

ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 
The coolest attraction of all is ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” This holiday spectacle, kept at 9 degrees and hand carved by artisans out of 2 million pounds of brightly colored ice, is back again this season.  

And there’s no need to pack coats (scarves, gloves, and extra apparel are suggested for those who tend to get cold). Even though it’s chilly inside, Gaylord Texan provides parkas to keep guests comfortable as they marvel at larger-than-life displays, take cherished photos, and wander through the one-of-a-kind, arctic attraction.   

Entertainment for the whole family 
Love a Broadway-style spectacle? An original Gaylord Hotels production, Cirque: Spirit of Christmas features amazing acrobatics and feats of flexibility. Designed for the entire family to enjoy, the story centers around Noel, a child dismayed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
A heartwarming story that soars through the air and sparkles with imagination, this 45-minute show will delight and dazzle with a riveting score, world-class contortionists, jugglers, trapeze artists and more.  

Festive fun for all    
With signature events, classic holiday activities, and thrilling experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during So. Much. Christmas. at Gaylord Texan Resort.   

For the thrill seekers:    

  • Hop on a tube and race friends down a snow-covered hill.   
  • Put those sleuthing skills to the test in one of three festive escape rooms.  
  • Enjoy a yuletide glide on the indoor ice-skating rink.   
  • Build and toss real snowballs at Snowball Build & Blast.  

For the chill seekers:   

  • Let the Christmas creativity run wild at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner.   
  • Search high and low at the resort-wide The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt.    
  • Take a spin on the Christmas Carousel.  
  • At Elf Training Academy, create a keepsake craft and learn how to become one of Santa’s helpers. 

So. Much. Christmas.   
After a festive day of memory making, unwind with a meal at Old Hickory Steakhouse, Riverwalk Cantina, Texas Station, or Zeppole before seeing the holidays light up the night at the
LIT Light Show. This dynamic, celebratory light show brings the fun of decorating the tree to life through thousands of dancing lights, culminating in a delightful and memorable tree lighting experience. 

This season, give a gift that can’t be wrapped but will be remembered forever. Unwrap the magic of Christmas at Gaylord Texan.


Through Dec. 31, the Gaylord Texan resort transforms into a wondrous holiday haven with acres of décor, live entertainment and immersive activities for all ages.   

  • Photo by Seana Mincy
  • Photo by Seana Mincy