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Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Jan 1, 2019 | Texas | 0 comments

Updated: October 1, 2023

Are you planning to make Christmas extra special this year? You should take a trip down to the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas! Get ready for a holiday season that goes above and beyond expectations. With so many great activities, delicious restaurants, luxurious accommodations, and festive live entertainment all under one roof – it’s no wonder why so many people come back here during the holidays!

Group of people posing in front of Gaylord sign. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

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Pre-Trip to Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

I did a quick run to the grocery store to pick up food and snacks for the hotel room. DO NOT bring frozen items, there is no microwave in the rooms. I had to throw away our frozen items. However, on a good note, the hotel gives you two bottles of water every day for free. If you like to drink alcoholic beverages, which we do, bring your own. They charge $7 for one beer. Everyone is walking around with drinks, so you will not feel out of place with your own drink in hand. Also, bring your own hot chocolate mix which is $15 a pop in the hotel. They have a coffee maker in the room to heat up the water. However, you need to bring plastic wear plus plates because the room is not stocked with either.

Snack foods on kitchen counter. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

We knew the hotel food would be crazy expensive, so we ate at our favorite Texas chain restaurant Pappasitos before checking into the hotel. If it’s your first time in Texas you need to try a Pappas chain restaurant such as Pappasitos, Pappa Bbq, or Pappadeaux. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a little pricy but way cheaper than any Gaylord restaurant in the hotel.

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Self Parking $23 per day vs. Valet Parking is $43 at Gaylord Texan Hotel

We decided on self-parking because it’s cheaper. Valet lines are long and self-parking lines look long, but the parking garage had parking attendants who made parking fast. I felt like we parked and got in the hotel faster than the people valeting their cars.

Check-In @ 4 pm:

The lines look long & quite scary.

Do not be discouraged the lines go super fast! We ordered a room with two queen beds six months in advance. Sadly, at check-in, we were given a room with a king bed. The clerk told us that the hotel does not guarantee that you will receive two queen beds. I was highly disappointed. Naturally, I complained to the clerk because I was not looking forward to sleeping with my kids. She gave us a roll-away bed for free (yes they charge for those) & she comps our parking, so they will accommodate you if you have any issues. My husband was thrilled with comps, yet I was still not looking forward to stepping over a roll-away bed at night when I needed to use the restroom.

View of the Gaylord Texan at night decorated for Christmas in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

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I picked a room with an Atrium view. These rooms are awesome and go fast. You need to order these rooms way in advance. Here is a picture of our view from the balcony in our room.

View of the Atrium from the hotel room at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

What to do at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

We spent the evening walking around the massive hotel. We enjoyed looking at all the Christmas decorations.

Family posing with reindeer at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel
Dad with two kids posing with animal statues at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

The kids started the day eating donuts on the balcony. I was surprised at how much they enjoyed the balcony.

View of the Atrium from the hotel balcony at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

We bought the package deal online in advance to do everything at the Gaylord. Ice tubing was the first item on our “to-do” list. The lines are long so get there early. The passes for tubing are good for the entire day. You get to ride at least three slopes before your turn is over. I would suggest getting the fast pass for an extra $10 a person because the lines are long.

People tubing at the indoor snow tubing area at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Next, we enjoyed snow throwing which happened to be next to the snow tubing. We bought three buckets which came with our package deal online. One for the adults and one for each of the kids. You are only able to do this once.

Kids playing the games at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Around 1 pm my husband’s family showed up so it was time for ICE! Be Prepared it is freezing cold! Hotel guest gets their own special line that I would consider equal to the fast pass line. My husband’s family who were not hotel guests were able to skip the lines with us. **Bring hats and mittens** My daughter and I made that mistake and we had to leave early.

Group of people posing in front of Gaylord sign. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Before you walk into the freezer you are able to purchase drink tickets for $15, which includes two shots and a full drink. Yes, there is a bar in the ICE room.

Woman taking a shot inside ICE at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

The drinks are strong. Be prepared you will have a buzz.

Woman holding her alcoholic drink inside ICE at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

All three events are in the same room. So when picking out events to attend snow tubing, snowball throw, & ICE are all together.

That night we ate at my in-law’s favorite Texas chain restaurant Texas Roadhouse which was about 20 minutes away.

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Breakfast with Rudolph at Gaylord Texan Hotel

Breakfast with Rudolph. The buffet is similar to Walt Disney World character dining. You get really nice buffet selection and the characters walk around so you can take pictures with them. The costumes are high quality and extremely well made.

Family posing with character at Breakfast with Rudolph at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Next, was the gingerbread decorating. Honestly, it was kind of lame for the price! They only give you a small bag of candy balls and icing. However, the kids still had fun.

Kids decorating gingerbread men at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel
Little girl posing in front of large gingerbread man at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

We went ice skating. Try to do this before check-in at 4 p.m. As we were leaving a huge crowd of people came to the ring. It looked like everyone checked in and went straight to the skating ring.

People ice skating at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

If you have small children or first-time ice skaters I suggest renting the panda for $5. The line is long for the panda. There are only a few pandas available and people hold on to them for a while since they paid $5 for them. They help teach younger skaters how to skate.

After skating if you are hungry for lunch I would suggest the concession stand by the skating rink. The food stand seemed to have reasonably priced food.

The indoor & outdoor pools are heated. We decided to swim in the indoor pool. Do not worry about towels they have plenty available by the pool.

Dad with two kids swimming in the pool at the Gaylord Texan in Texas. | Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Afterward, we went back to the room and changed, and then we had dinner at the pizza stand next to the sports bar. They had a $10 personal pizza which was crazy cheap compared to everything else in the hotel. The pizza tasted like a cardboard box though. We didn’t complain since we were tired, hungry, and didn’t want to leave the hotel.

We had a book reading with Mrs. Clause, but our daughter was extremely exhausted and fell asleep at the dinner table. We missed the event.

In the end, I think you can complete everything in the hotel in less than two days. Bring your own food or leave the hotel for food. Our kids had a blast. I think this is something you should do at least one time.

*****Parking for day guest*****

Gaylord will validate self-parking with any qualifying purchases at Riverwalk Cantina, Texan Station, or Zeppole. (I believe the amount you are required to spend is $50). Make sure you have your self-parking ticket with you at the restaurant so they can stamp it.

Conclusion

To conclude, the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas is the perfect place to be this holiday season. With breathtaking festive lights, live musical performances, and amazing restaurants – there’s something here for everyone. It’s sure to fill your holiday season with joy and love that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you come as a family or couple for a romantic getaway – you are sure to experience an unforgettable time! So make it extra special this year and book an adventure at the Gaylord Texan Hotel for an unforgettable Christmas experience waiting just one click away! Let Glam Escapes book your next trip today and start making magical memories.

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