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Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

Jan 1, 2019 | Texas | 0 comments

Updated: June 25, 2024

Looking to make this Christmas truly unforgettable? Head over to the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas, where the holiday season transforms into a magical getaway. From enchanting activities and delectable dining to luxurious stays and joyous live entertainment, the Gaylord Texan offers everything you need for an extraordinary holiday experience—all under one roof. It’s no surprise that so many visitors return year after year to celebrate the festive season in such a spectacular setting.

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Pre-Trip to Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel

I recently made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up some food and snacks for our hotel room. Here are some important tips and restrictions to keep in mind:

  • Avoid Frozen Items: There are no microwaves in the rooms, so frozen items will go to waste. Stick to non-perishable snacks and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Daily Water Supply: The hotel provides two free bottles of water every day, which is a nice perk.
  • Bring Your Alcohol: If you enjoy alcoholic beverages, consider bringing your own. The hotel charges $12 for a single beer. Don’t worry about feeling out of place—everyone is walking around with drinks in hand.
  • Hot Chocolate Hack: If you love hot chocolate, bring your mix. The hotel charges $15 per cup. There’s a coffee maker in the room that you can use to heat water.
  • Essential Dining Tools: Don’t forget to pack some plastic cutlery and plates, as the room doesn’t come stocked with these items.

With these tips, you can make your hotel stay more comfortable and cost-effective.

Knowing that hotel food can be quite expensive, we decided to dine at our favorite Texas chain restaurant, Pappasito’s, before checking into our hotel. If you’re visiting Texas for the first time, you must try one of the Pappas chain restaurants like Pappasito’s, Pappa BBQ, or Pappadeaux. You won’t be disappointed! While it may be a bit pricey, it’s much more affordable than dining at the Gaylord Hotel restaurants.

Self Parking vs Valet Parking at Gaylord

Choosing self-parking at the Gaylord Texan Hotel can be a more efficient and cost-effective option. While valet lines are often long, self-parking lines may appear lengthy but move quickly due to parking attendants who streamline the process. You might find yourself parked and inside the hotel faster than those opting for valet service. Plus, self-parking is significantly cheaper at $23 per day compared to $43 for valet parking.

Check-in at Gaylord Hotel

Don’t be discouraged by the long lines—they move fast! We booked a room with two queen beds six months in advance, but at check-in, we were given a room with a king bed. The clerk informed us that the hotel doesn’t guarantee specific bed types. Naturally, I was disappointed and voiced my concerns, as I didn’t want to share a bed with my kids. The clerk was understanding and provided a complimentary roll-away bed (which usually comes with a fee) and even waived our parking charges. My husband appreciated the gesture, although navigating around the roll-away bed to access the restroom at night wasn’t ideal for me.

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Rooms at Gaylord Texans Hotel

I picked a room with an Atrium view. These rooms are awesome and go fast. and you need to order these rooms way in advance. Here is a picture of our view from the balcony in our room. The kids started every day with donuts on the balcony and I was surprised at how much they enjoyed it.

Typical Day at Gaylord Texan Hotel

We spent the evening exploring the enormous hotel, delighting in the beautiful Christmas decorations.

We purchased the package deal online in advance to enjoy all the activities at the Gaylord. First on our list was ice tubing. Since the lines can get quite long, it’s best to arrive early. Your tubing pass is valid for the entire day, and you can ride at least three slopes per turn. I highly recommend getting the fast pass for extra money per person to save time and avoid long waits

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.

Around 1 pm, my husband’s family arrived, which meant it was time to visit the ICE! exhibit.

Be prepared—it is extremely cold inside! If you’re staying at the hotel, you’ll have access to a special line that is just as quick as the fast pass. Fortunately, my husband’s family, who were not hotel guests, were able to skip the regular lines and join us.

Important Reminder: Don’t forget to bring hats and mittens. My daughter and I didn’t pack them, and we had to leave early because of the intense cold.

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.

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

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

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Day 2 Gaylord Hotel

Enjoy a magical buffet experience reminiscent of Walt Disney World’s character dining. Delight in a diverse selection of delicious breakfast options while beloved characters stroll around, ready for photos. The costumes are top-notch, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship

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.

We went ice skating before our 4 p.m. check-in. Just as we were leaving, a huge crowd arrived at the rink. It looked like everyone had checked in and headed straight for the ice ring.

If you have small children or first-time ice skaters, consider renting a panda skating aid for $5. Please note that there are limited pandas available, and the line can be quite long as people tend to keep them for extended periods. These aids are perfect for helping young skaters learn 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.

Afterwards, we returned to our room to change before heading out for dinner at the pizza stand near the sports bar. They offered a $10 personal pizza, which was surprisingly affordable compared to the other options in the hotel. Unfortunately, the pizza tasted like cardboard. We didn’t complain, though; we were tired, hungry, and didn’t want to venture out of the hotel.

We had planned to attend a book reading with Mrs. Claus, but our daughter was so exhausted that she fell asleep at the dinner table, causing us to miss the event.

Overall, you can experience everything the hotel has to offer in less than two days. I recommend bringing your own food or dining outside the hotel. Despite the food hiccup, our kids had a fantastic time. This is definitely an experience worth having at least once.

Parking for Day Guests

Gaylord will validate self-parking with any qualifying purchases at Riverwalk Cantina, Texan Station, or Zeppole (you need to spend at least $50). Make sure to bring your self-parking ticket to the restaurant for validation


To wrap things up, the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas is the ultimate destination for the holiday season. With stunning festive lights, captivating live musical performances, and top-notch restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. This holiday season, fill your days with joy and love that you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic getaway, the Gaylord Texan Hotel promises an unforgettable experience. Make this Christmas extra special by booking an adventure at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. Glam Escapes is here to help you plan your next trip and start making magical memories today. Don’t wait—an unforgettable Christmas experience is just one click away!

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