Family Fun at Gaylord Texan Resort’s SummerFest

Gaylord Texan SummerFest

The Perfect Summertime Staycation Destination

When the summer heat is too hot to handle, it’s time for a Texas-style staycation. Fortunately, now through Labor Day (September 6, 2021), you can enjoy an exciting summer full of fun and incredible memories in Grapevine at the Gaylord Texan’s Annual SummerFest. 

Family Fun at Gaylord Texan Resort’s SummerFest

The whole family will enjoy events and activities at this year’s SummerFest. Starting with the pirate and princess-themed activities like: 

  • The Princess’ Shiny Stash Scavenger Hunt
  • The Pirate and Princess Academy interactive musical
  • The Pirate and Princess Art Studio
  • As well as experiencing live animal encounters or participate in the virtual Wildlife

You can show off your pirate swagger on the dance floor for a Pirate Dance Party every Saturday night.

Paradise Springs

Family enjoying Gaylord Texan Paradise Springs Cabana

Why not upgrade your pool experience at Paradise Springs and relax in comfort in one of the private cabanas providing extra shade, comfortable lounge areas, refrigerators, and more.

Cool down and relax in Paradise Springs, the 10-acre outdoor pool, and the lazy river complex. It features a massive 6,000-square-foot family lagoon, giant water playhouse, 600-foot long lazy river, and 4 winding waterslides. 

More SummerFest Activities

SummerFest is not just for families. It is also a great weekend getaway for couples and with the fabulous European-style spa and live entertainment in the Glass Cactus, SummerFest is a great idea for a fun Girl’s Weekend! Here a some of you can do:

  • Escape Rooms
  • Summer of Cirque: Pirates & Princesses
  • The Princess’s Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt: Search for the Princess’s most precious treasures, hidden from the pirate crew throughout the resort. Locate the treasure chests in this exciting scavenger hunt.
  • Pirate & Princess Academy: Learn how to become an honorary princess, then take the Princess Oath. You find a fantasy-filled world with and adventures fit for a Princess.
  • Join an unexpected Captain’s crew and take the Pirate Pledge in an exciting, interactive musical.
Learn more about the Gaylord Texan Resort’s SummerFest and be sure to make your reservations for your family’s stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort’s SummerFest!

Experience the Magic of the Season in The Christmas Capital of Texas

Christmas Grapevine logo

Experience holiday family-friendly fun in Grapevine’s charming Christmas setting. With millions of twinkling lights, experience enormous decorations that perfectly capture the merriment of Christmas, it’s no wonder that Grapevine, Texas is known as The Christmas Capital of Texas

Make plans now to visit the Christmas Capital of Texas for exciting events and activities because it’s merrier in Grapevine.

Gaylord Grapvine Christmas

Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas

Enjoy acres of twinkling lights and decorations, including a towering 48-foot tall Christmas tree featuring a delightful light show. Join in on all-new holiday activities, shows and events; from snow tubing, snowman building, ice skating to gingerbread decorating.

Your Christmas staycation will feature the Warner Bros. “ I Love Christmas Movies” interactive pop-up experience, where you can walk through the most iconic scenes from your favorite Christmas movies in a multi-sensory experience. You’ll interact and capture moments with the characters, sets, and moments that you know-and-love from holiday film favorites The Polar Express™, A Christmas Story™, Elf™, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation™, and The Year Without A Santa Claus™.

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The North Pole Express

There’s no better place to discover the magic of Christmas than onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express! You will be presented with a Souvenir Ticket as you begin your journey to the North Pole. Your ticket purchase also includes a “We Believe” Silver Bell, Memory Mug, and a recipe card on how to make Santa’s Special Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk, Delicious Christmas Cookie, and a voucher for a COMPLIMENTARY photo with Santa.

Tickets will sell out fast! Order in advance.

Ticket prices for the North Pole Express are $34 for Touring Class and $38 for First Class, per person. A $5 Lap Child Ticket is required for children under 13 months.
Dates for the North Pole Express are December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.  More information available at

Experience Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland

Bring joy to your family this Christmas season with the enchanting spell of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. This family-friendly resort will whisk you away in the holiday spirit with twinkling lights, holiday trees, and indoor snow showers. Fun-filled Frosty Fest activities are available for families to participate in during Snowland, along with the Great Clock Tower show and nightly Snowland-themed Story Time. 

Apart from the Snowland activities, you can “melt-away” in the comfortable 84-degree weather in the resort’s massive indoor waterpark or enjoy a warm drink from the Hot Cocoa Bar in the lobby. 

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More Holiday Fun for the Whole Family…

Spread Christmas Cheer with the Grapevine Christmas Passport: Explore Grapevine’s charming past with the Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure. Experience Christmas spirit by visiting Historic Grapevine and participating in take home handmade projects, including:

Stamping brass luggage or gift tag at Millican’s Blacksmith Shop

  • Making a piece of metal tinsel for your tree inside the Grapevine Tin Shop at the Bragg House
  • Decorating a wooden Christmas train ornament at the Cotton Belt Route Section Foreman House
  • Designing a Christmas bookmark inside the Historic Cotton Belt Depot
Grapevine Christmas Passport: $8. Tickets will sell out fast! Order in advance.
Santa Claus and elves

Keepsake Photos With Santa: Take a memorable photo with Santa in the North Pole Express General Store. Located in the Tower Gallery inside Grapevine’s Visitor Information Center. Grapevine’s Tower Gallery is located at (636 S. Main St.)

Gift A Few of Their Favorite Things: Make your list, check it twice and shop for all those who are naughty and nice! With shopping options for every taste and budget in Grapevine, you’re sure to find a little something for everyone. Historic Downtown Grapevine is filled with more than 80 locally-owned shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, winery tasting rooms, home décor studios, collectible shops, and more.

Sip A Little Christmas at Dr. Sue’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour

Hot Chocolate and Christmas go hand-in-hand, so be sure to savor the chocolatey Christmas flavors at Dr. Sue’s Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bar and Happy Hour.

The aromas of delicious, hand-crafted hot chocolates linger in the air, from 4 – 6 p.m. daily, inviting even the most discriminating palate. The Hot Chocolate Barista serves top quality European cocoa in flavors such as Peppermint, Mexican Spice, and Old Fashioned hot chocolate with customizable toppings, like marshmallows, whipped cream, and spices. Pricing starts at $4.50 per person.

Visit these and many more holiday events in the Christmas Capital of Texas ❄️

Celebrate Summer at SummerBlast in Grapevine USA


You and your family will have loads of summer fun during Grapevine’s 6th Annual SummerBlast. Now through Labor Day weekend, Grapevine’s SummerBlast will features family-friendly events and activities, including waterparks, fireworks, special exhibits, outdoor activities, shopping and more.

From family-friendly fun to a romantic weekend getaway, Grapevine is the ideal location for a summer stay-cation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Located just a short drive from almost anywhere in the DFW are, Grapevine, Texas has great hotels, fabulous dining so many things to do, it will be hard to choose where to start first!

Family Vacation

Grapevine’s SummerBlast offers a wide variety of fun events and activities for your whole family. There is so much to do, from riding the rails on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to the deep sea adventure of the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. Start by making a big splash at one of Grapevine’s waterparks, like the Great Wolf Lodge,  or on Lake Grapevine at the  Gaylord Texan Resort.

Friday Night Fireworks

You don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July to enjoy a fireworks show. Check out fireworks every Friday night at the Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine, every Friday, starting at 9:30 p.m.   This weekly show can be viewed from the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as parks around Lake Grapevine.

Visit GrapevineUSA to see at all that Grapevine has to offer and start planning your Grapevine summer getaway now.For more information about Grapevine and SummerBlast, visit: