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A Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan

Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord is becoming the post-Thanksgiving tradition (or even pre-Thanksgiving!) and there is no better way to spend your time there than to make it a weekend getaway at the resort in Grapevine.

                                                                                                        Photo courtesy of Gaylord Texan

                                                                                                      Photo courtesy of Gaylord Texan

Knowing you can always retreat to your room before you tackle the other activities, the resort offers for the holidays gives you the peace of mind and freedom to take your time. Protip: If you plan on visiting, make sure you call ahead and make your reservation for the many restaurants that are available. We made a rookie mistake and tried to get a table of four for the night of our first stay but the first reservation wasn’t until 9pm - a little past the kiddos bedtime. Luckily downtown Grapevine is a short drive down the road and has lots of dining options.  It turned out to be a fun treat-downtown Grapevine is seriously decked out for the holidays so it only enhanced our holiday weekend.

The next morning however, we did have reservations for breakfast-something we were looking forward to all weekend!!  We decided to go with the character dining of having breakfast with Rudolph the Red-Nose reindeer. Typically breakfast buffets, especially at a hotel, is nothing to write home about. Powdered eggs getting steam burnt from the sterno cans and everything else either too hot or too cold. But the Gaylord serves everything in cast iron skillets, charring and crisping while the food waits for you to attack. The crisp bacon and seasoned red potatoes are great side items to the fluffy scrambled eggs but you can also dive into skillet beef fajitas or even enjoy a hot, spicy bowl of pork pozole. But if you want to take a break from the standard buffet line, there is always the made to order omelettes and waffles. It was a pretty impressive breakfast for a character dining event.  Not to mention you get to meet Rudolph, Clarice and Bumble from the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Gaylord’s A Lone Star Adventure has so many different activities to take part in, you will have a very busy (but fun!) weekend.  Keep an eye out on their website for packaged deals but when you get there you can anticipate the opportunity to:

  • Take photos with Santa

  • Hear Mrs. Claus read a story while you enjoy cookies and milk

  • Complete a scavenger hunt throughout the property to find their Elf on a Shelf

  • Ice skate under the skies on their new to 2017 outdoor rink

  • Decorate a gingerbread house or sleigh

  • Get your pitching skills evaluated at Santa’s Snowball Throwing Workshop

While most activities have an individual price (and if you want to do it all-you can save by getting a full access pass) you don’t have to do extra activities to get you in the spirit.  The Gaylord is decked out with tons of photo ops, twinkling lights and festive ambiance-before you know it you will find yourself humming, “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!”