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A Trip to the North Pole

Last week I had the pleasure of heading out with my family to experience the Christmas Capital of Texas!

grapevine christmas capital of texas ornament

As you may know, the saying in Texas is Everything is Bigger in Texas … well, Grapevine takes that statement literally and does up the town with millions of twinkling lights, 1,400 Christmas events and 40 days to celebrate! If you visit Grapevine and are not in the Christmas spirit yet, you sure will be by the time you leave!

While spending our evening in Grapevine, our first stop was the North Pole Express.

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grapevine north pole express entrance

The North Pole Express takes after the theme of the Polar Express, with children wearing pajamas and all! You get to listen and sing along to Christmas Carols, wind through a SNOWY (yes, they even have snow in warm Texas!) christmas tree maze, board the Vintage Grapevine Railroad and embark on a train ride to the North Pole!

lennox excited for polar express ride

Lennox had never been on a train before, but since we live by trains, she gets excited every time on goes by. I knew she would just love to get on one finally! She loved it! She looked out the window on the way to the North Pole – pointing out everything there was to see. She was also surprised by a special guest that boarded the train after reaching the North Pole. We all know who that special guest is, right? Mr. Santa Claus, of course! What was really nice, was that Santa took the time to talk to every child and family, have pictures taken and then give each child a special little gift. It was so sweet and exciting to see all the children react to the Santa surprise!

north pole express grapevine santa

After singing some more carols and heading back to Grapevine (about a 40 minute train ride) we got off the train and got some nice warm hot chocolate at the Chocolate Factory. Grapevine has put together a small village around the North Pole Express complete with pictures with santa, ornament making, refreshments and a chocolate factory. It really was a fun experience and I can see it becoming a family tradition for many people during this special time of year.

While downtown Grapevine, don’t forget to check out what else is going on downtown. Grapevine really is a unique place full of family and local owned gift shops, restaurants, candy shops and more. Be sure to also check out the great Light Show Spectacular that is synced with music, complete with a singing christmas tree! This FREE show is on a continuous loop from 6pm-11pm daily through the new year. The kid in all of us will love this show!

grapevine spectacle of lights

For more information about the North Pole Express and the Christmas Capital of Texas, check out


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive free admission in return for my honest review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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