Santa Claus comes to town: 11 things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake this weekend, Dec. 1-3

Santa holding magical lights in hands

Santa holding magical lights in hands

December is officially here, and Santa Claus has come to town with a multitude of events. Here are some things to do this weekend to get into the holiday spirit.

1. Colleyville trims up its tree
Colleyville opens its holiday season with the lighting of festive trees decorated by local community groups. The trees remain lit during the course of the holiday season. The event features children’s crafts and activities, choral group performances, photos with Santa and more.

5-8 p.m. Free. Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St., Colleyville. 817-503-1000. christmas-tree-lighting-celebration.html

2. View a classic Christmas movie at Grapevine’s Palace Theatre
"Scrooge," the 1951 film based on Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, is brought to Grapevine’s historic Palace Theatre. The movie stars Alastair Sims, Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison.

7 p.m. $6. The Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-410-3100.

3. Southlake, Mrs. Claus to host breakfast and snacks with Santa
The city of Southlake hosts a full family breakfast with Mrs. Claus and her elves followed by an afternoon with sweet snacks, such as milk and cookies. Both events include holiday crafts, and guests have the opportunity to take photos with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Children are encouraged to compile a wish list, and parents are welcome to bring their cameras. Breakfast runs from 8-11:30 a.m. and snacks will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Snacks are $12 per person, breakfast is $15 per person. Advanced registration is required.

The Marq of Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. 817-748-8019.

4. Elves to be on the run in Grapevine
The Elves On the Run 5K and Fun Run features food and beverages, vendors and prizes for the best elf costume.

8:30 a.m. (fun run), 9 a.m. (5K). Prices vary. Oak Grove Park Trawick Pavilion, 2700 Darren G. Medline Trail, Grapevine. 817-229-5911.

5. Father Christmas comes to The British Emporium
A traditional Christmas Open House will be held at The British Emporium in Grapevine. Father Christmas, the personification of Christmas in Britain, is on hand to greet children. The event will include a sampling of mince pies, Christmas cakes and festive food and drink.

Noon-3 p.m. Free. The British Emporium, 140 N. Main St., Grapevine. 817-421-2311.

6. Colleyville Lions Club to hold 22nd annual Breakfast with Santa
The Breakfast with Santa event is a family oriented activity with a goal to serve a larger purpose. Children and their families have a pancake and sausage breakfast prepared on site by the Colleyville Lions Club.

Children receive an elf hat and can visit with Santa and may take a photo for an additional $5.00. Each family participating is asked to donate one can of food for GRACE of Grapevine or a pair of used eyeglasses. A raffle is held with the potential to win a large-screen TV.

The fundraiser benefits the Special Needs Assistance Program, Mid-Cities Safe-Haven for Battered Women and Children, Texas Lions Camp Bus Transportation, Large Print Books for the Colleyville Library and Computers for the Blind.

Tickets are $10 per family in advance and $12 per family at the door. 7 a.m.-11 a.m. To purchase tickets in advance or to purchase tickets to donate, contact Tom Westerman at or call 817-300-0881. Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Dr., Colleyville. 817-281-5254.

7. Autism-friendly Santa provides holiday joy to children with autism spectrum disorder and behavioral challenges
Southlake ACI Learning Center is offering free photos with autism-friendly Santa, as well as fun family activities. The Santa at the Southlake ACI Learning Center is trained to work with children living with disorders so families can enjoy the event to its fullest. Siblings of children on the spectrum are also welcome to visit with Santa.

This free community event is designed for children who find the "mall Santa" experience overwhelming. Apple cider, gluten-free cookies, crafts, and the ACI Learning Center play area and friendly ACI Learning Center Staff and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts will help keep children entertained until their photo with Santa. Each family will receive their child/family photos with Santa via email after the event.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents are encouraged to register for the event online at and select the Southlake registration link. Southlake ACI Learning Center, 2815 Exchange Blvd. Ste. 100, Southlake. 800-345-0448.


8. Southlake public library celebrates season with jazzy holiday open house
The Southlake Public Library will celebrate the holidays with a Jazzy Holiday Open House. Guests can enjoy jazz music, holiday food, family crafts and more.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243.


9. Boat Parade to celebrate the holiday season
The Twinkly Light Boat Parade will take place in Grapevine with watercraft decorated in sparking lights. The route will begin at Twin Coves Marina and will travel though each marina, including Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake.

6-9 p.m. Free. The parade will be visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine and the Glass Cactus Nightclub at the Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. 817-481-4549. twinkle-light-boat-parade/19493/


10. Grapevine Mills mall offers sensory-friendly Santa experience for children with special needs
Grapevine Mills will provide children with special needs and their families an opportunity to enjoy a holiday tradition through a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in partnership with Autism Speaks.

9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Free. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 972-724-4900.


11. 33rd annual Holiday Home Tour opens homes to visitors
Five homes in Colleyville and Southlake will be on display during the Colleyville Woman’s Club Holiday Home Tour. Homes can be visited in any order.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Advanced tickets are $25. 817-358-1805. cwchometour.html

By Miranda Jaimes

Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


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