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December 2013

THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE TO SPEND

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Holiday Guide Create Your Christmas Memories in Grapevine With 1,400 Christmas events in 40-plus days, you’re sure to find a stocking-full of holiday fun for the entire family in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas. See the city as it’s transformed into a winter wonderland to celebrate Christmas with millions of lights, enormous decorations, carolers and a lot more. Whether you’re looking for a night out with the family, a grownup getaway or fun festivities, enjoy these magical events in Grapevine this season. See Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas featuring ICE! and Kung Fu Panda Awesome SNOW tubing. The resort invites visitors inside the atrium to enjoy a winter wonderland featuring: 1.5 million holiday lights, 350 lit trees including a 54-foot Christmas tree, 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice, 1.5 million pounds of real Texas snow, magical miniature train sets, 7-foot tall gingerbread house with train, 25-foot tall toy soldiers, 2,300 decorated wreaths, 5,600 feet of garland, 12,000 festive ornaments, 2,500 poinsettias, and 7,500 gingerbread kits. Visit www.gaylordtexan.com for times and tickets. Create a unique “Family Christmas Memory” at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. Your experience begins at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform where you board the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail Coaches and are greeted by elves, minstrels and carolers. Bring the family to the Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine on December 5 at 7 p.m. The largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, this Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Christmas shoppers will find a sleigh-full of exciting gift-giving options for everyone on their list. From one-of-a-kind boutiques and jewelry stores to some of the largest national retail chains, Grapevine’s shopping choices offer a wide range of great ideas for every taste

and budget. Grapevine’s delicious dishes go perfectly with Christmas wishes! Take a shopping break at one of the city’s more than 200 restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines at prices to fit a range of budgets. The city features a variety of locally-owned restaurants and national chains that will refresh and restore even the most dedicated Christmas shopper. Hit a high note with live entertainment and classic Christmas movies in Grapevine. With the amazing backdrop of Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, all ages will love sharing in all the seasonal fun. Christmas music fans will love the Grapevine Opry’s seasonal shows featuring some of the best local performers in North Texas. Build your Holly Jolly Holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and dive into Christmas fun with Scuba Sana at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main. With the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights, children of all ages can see jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts, play reindeer games, experience the glass workshop at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides and more. Ride the rails on the

Experience a Victorian Christmas at Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Christmas Grapevine’s Nash Farm. Visitors will be led Wine Trains. The by docents through the farmhouse and the farm evening begins with to experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers a reception at 7 p.m. celebrated Christmas in Texas during the latter part of the 19th Century. Tours will be led from in the Cotton Belt the pole barn, where visitors can enjoy hot cider Railroad District, and cookies, to the front door of the farmhouse, followed by boarding through the parlor, bedroom, dining room and at 7:30 p.m. Each train kitchen, then outside by the burning yule log features a different and back to the pole barn. Following the tour, Grapevine winery and guests may make ornaments to decorate their winery representatives home for Christmas. will be on board. Wine will be available for For additional information on these events, purchase on the train. please contact the Grapevine Convention & Twinkling lights abound at the Light Show Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410Spectacular in the heart of Historic Downtown 3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/ Grapevine. This brilliantly-choreographed show Christmas. runs continuously from 6 p.m.–11 p.m. nightly. Sing along with the city’s Christmas tree, enjoy the lights and see the joy on the faces of everyone in the family as you watch this show at the Town Square Gazebo. Have a Howlin’ Good Time During Christmas Snowland! at Great Wolf Lodge. Guests Schedule at this family-friendly resort will enjoy an 84-degree indoor waterpark along with special visits from Santa, North Pole University for Elves, holiday carol sing-alongs, a life-size Gingerbread 2800 Pennsylvania Drive, Denton, Texas 76205 House, Santa’s Letter Depot, Polar Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower holiday 940-387-6223 show, nightly Story Time and more.

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Holiday Guide New Christmas Movie Captures Holiday Spirit

Flower Mound-based EchoLight Studios, America’s fastgrowing inspirational and family film company, recently released a touching holiday motion picture, The Christmas Candle. The timeless holiday movie for the entire family represents the first wide theatrical release for former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum as new CEO of EchoLight Studios. In addition, it is the inaugural film based on a book by America’s most inspiring author Max Lucado, and introduces the acting debut of British singing sensation Susan Boyle, alongside an ensemble cast of beloved Hollywood talent. “Surprisingly, a Christmas movie releasing for the holidays is a unique event, as there have been very few in recent years,� said Santorum. “This film hearkens back to the heartwarming and uplifting movies of yesteryear. The story inspires renewed hope in the miracle of Christmas and illustrates that this holiday is not just about reindeer and receiving gifts. The Christmas Candle will remind audiences of the spirit and sense of wonder of the season – something that is often lost in our modern era.� The Christmas Candle marks the feature-film debut for Scottish singer Boyle, who was introduced to the world on Britain’s Got Talent in April 2009. In addition to her acting, Boyle graces the project with her original single, Miracle Hymn, the anthem for the movie and track on her

new album, Home for Christmas, releasing October 29. She said the story inspires her because, “You never give up on your dreams and you never stop believing in miracles.� The Christmas Candle is based on the book by international bestselling author, Max Lucado, who also makes a cameo in the film, and is set deep in the heart of the English countryside in the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candle maker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries-

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old legend may come to an end. Fans of Downton Abbey and other British entertainment will enjoy the innate “Englishness� of everything about The Christmas Candle, from the ideals of clinging to cherished traditions and persevering through difficulties, to the wonderful accents and turns of phrase. It’s a visit back in time to a simpler life, with an appreciation for the challenges of the era and complexities of the characters. For more information visit www. TheChristmasCandleMovie.com.

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Holiday Gift Guide from the Dec. 2013 issue of The Cross Timbers Gazette newspaper in Denton County, TX.

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