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Go visit “Christmas at the Gaylord Texan”

The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX unveils their new signature immersive pop-up Christmas experience along with their fan favorites!

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When: November 12 to January 2

Where: Gaylord Texan Hotel and Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

We recap our visit and share tips on how long your visit might be, what experiences are available for you and the cost of each and information about coming as a daily visitor and parking.

We were hosted by the Gaylord Texan Resort but our opinions are our own. The post contains affiliate links for your ticket purchase, at no cost to you.

What is happening at the Gaylord Texan this Holiday Season?

Walk in to the Atrium and you are met with 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, and dozens of lavish holiday displays filling the vast hotel atrium. This is Christmas at the Gaylord Texan one of the best things to do this Winter

Their restaurants and eateries are open along with their stores, which are filled with local Texan-themed products and gift ideas.

What is there to do at the Gaylord Texan this Christmas?

Head towards the Convention Center and you’ll notice the Merry and Light exhibit filling a huge parking lot with views from the windows and on the driveway up to the property.

It’s a great way to enjoy some beautiful Holiday lights!

Enjoy the Signature Experience: Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™

For the first time this Christmas, journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to help save the holiday in our all-new, multi-sensory experience.

You will team-up with Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the iconic department store, and take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park.

Elf: Mission Save Christmas
Mission Save Christmas: Elf! Christmas at Gaylord Texan

These are just a few of the fun, interactive challenges you’ll need to complete to muster enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 and Santa’s sleigh!

We headed there first, after securing a timed-slot – they have limited availability.

Christmas Tubing at the Gaylord
Tobogganing at the Gaylord Texan
Lonestar Christmas 4
Photo Credit: Gaylord Texan Hotel

Head out to the center area where you’ll find many of the Gaylord’s festive experiences, like

  • Snow Tubing
  • Ice Skating
  • Snow Throw
  • Christmas Carousel
  • Gingerbread Decorating
  • Christmas Craft Studio
  • Build-a-Bear workshop

Expect some festive eating and drinking options and a huge gift store

Christmas Store
Tons of Gift Ideas at their Christmas Store

In addition to these experiences, head outside to the Merry and Light exhibit for 50,000 square feet of colorful, glowing and holiday-themed lanterns, characters and scenes to celebrate Christmas.

Girl at Yuletide Bright

The walkways are very wide, to allow plenty of space between guests, so you can enjoy it without crowds and get plenty of photo opps in the meantime.

Snowmen at Yuletide Bright

What are the Pricing and Bundle Options?

$23.99 per Adult – Value Day Pricing 
$14.99 per Child (Ages 4-11) – Value Day Pricing 
$21.99 per Senior (Ages 55+) – Value Day Pricing 

Yuletide Bright Dwarfs

$15.00 per Adult
$10.00 per Child (4-11)

Play & SavePlatinumGoldSilver
Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™xxx
Snow Tubingxxx
Scavenger Huntxxx
Gingerbread Decoratingxx
Snow Throwxx
Ice Skatingx
Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditionsx
Extra options available at a discountSave 30%Save 20%Save 15%

Buy your Tickets ahead and Bundle them up to get bigger discounts.

Snowmen Trio at Yuletide Bright

Wait till dark and head outside to visit Merry and Light – a huge outdoor lantern and light walkthrough.

Families at Yuletide Bright

How long should we allow for our Visit?

If you choose to enjoy most of the attractions and enjoy a meal and drinks, we think this could provide 3-4 hours of entertainment!

Yuletide Snowman

Can you visit Gaylord Texan without staying there?

Yes, you can visit for the day or evening, without staying. You can make a real staycation out of it by asking about their overnight Christmas packages inclusive of entrance into the Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ immersive pop-up experience.

Is there a Parking fee?

Self-Parking Rates
0-2 hours: $17
2-4 hours: $19
4+ hours: $22
Overnight Parking: $22
Valet available for hotel guests.

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Stacey Fisher

Monday 20th of December 2021

Hi we are going tomorrow and we have the bundle pass and I was trying to figure out if we need to carry all the clothing around all day or if it is a long trek back to the parking area for leaving in the car?


Friday 17th of December 2021

Hi there. Your link to buy tickets is not helpful. I want to buy the Play & Save Platinum package only (not hotel room). and your link take me to a web that to book hotel room instead.


Friday 17th of December 2021

I'm sorry you were unable to find the right link on our post. We have made corrections. This is the right link to use. Don't forget to use the code PLANO to get the discounted package

A. Adams

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Hello, thank for the great information. My husband and I want to come up to the Gaylord over the next several weeks. What do you suggest for us seniors to see and do?


Tuesday 30th of November 2021

We hope you plan to have a great visit! The Gaylord is a great venue. There'll be tons to do in the hotel itself plus in nearby Grapevine - the Christmas Capital of Texas!

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