Friday Finds: Helping Make Travel Easier and Less Expensive (Christmas Edition)

Last Updated on May 15, 2014 by Jody Halsted

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Travel Tip: Take Your Family to the Christmas Capital of Texas!

Santa on the North Pole Express in Grapevine, Texas

If you’re looking for a place to escape with the family to reconnect and experience a “down home” Christmas, plan a getaway to the Christmas capital of Texas:  Grapevine.  Never heard of Grapevine?  It’s a suburb of Dallas and if you’ve ever flown in to DFW, you’ve been in Grapevine!

Everything is bigger in Texas…including Christmas! Come and celebrate the Christmas season in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas. Grapevine is the essence of holiday décor as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, a multitude of decorations, animated characters, a myriad of holiday events and a whole lot more! With all of this plus great shopping for everyone on your list, Grapevine truly is the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” Enjoy these great events around town:

You’ll find hotel packages to fit any budget and enough Christmas spirit to inspire even the most tired of spirits.  A Christmas in Grapevine will make memories to last a lifetime.

Make Holiday Memories at Gaylord Hotels

Nativity in ICE
Nativity scene at the end of ICE

If you can’t make it to the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, you can still make memories at one of the other Gaylord Resorts!

Though each hotel has a different “flavor”, you’ll find the incredible ICE carvings at each one, as well as fun, festive activities like Gingerbread decorating with Gingy, Shrek Feast, fun in the SNOW with Po (Kung Fu Panda) and the Rise of the Guardians Scavenger Hunt.

Visit and pick your hotel: The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine (Dallas), The Gaylord Palms in Orlando, The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, or The Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. and get ready to make magical memories with your family this Christmas!

Win A Luxe Getaway to Tuscany

Who wouldn’t like to present their spouse with a dream vacation for Christmas?  With a week left to enter, the Take Me To Tuscany Sweepstakes from Travel Zoo offers you  a chance to win a 5-star vacation for two at the Ferragamo family’s luxury vineyard in Tuscany.

Prize includes round-trip coach airfare for two (2) from winner’s nearest major airport and six (6) nights five (5) days at II Borro Estate in a one bedroom apartment in medieval village (swoon).

What are you waiting for?  Take Me To Tuscany!


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