Experience the holiday season in Eureka Springs
There’s no place like home or Eureka Springs for the holidays. This historic Victorian town offers an experience at Christmas that gives a nod to Dickens as well as contemporary holiday lights. Plus, for your gift giving needs, the city has block after block of shops, boutiques, fine art galleries, and craft emporiums.
Eureka Springs embodies the romantic revival of Christmas traditions embraced by Charles Dickens’ 1843 masterpiece, "A Christmas Carol," which rekindled the joy of Christmas and re-emphasized the season as a time of giving and thinking of less fortunate others.
The city is the ideal stage with its Victorian-era architecture. More than 150 independent and unique stores and restaurants fill its elaborate gingerbread Victorian storefronts. On street after street, turn-of-the-century homes in colors of vibrant, flower bouquets hug cliff sides. Secluded and peaceful, Eureka Springs’ entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. It feels as though you could see Dicken’s character Tiny Tim ‘round any corner of the the historic downtown.
In more modern style, Eureka Springs also sets the city ablaze with colorful lights. Not only can you drive the streets to see holiday decor, attractions like the Great Passion Play offer a large drive-through light display.
Eureka Springs spreads the holiday spirit with its ambiance as well as through its numerous holiday events and activities.
Here are some of the events to fuel your holiday spirit:
- Drive-Through Light Display at the Great Passion Play - Nov. 22-Jan. 1 - Great Passion Play Grounds
Experience Christmas from Thanksgiving night through Jan. 1 with a by donation drive-through light display with lights on from dark through 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, visit www.greatpassionplay.org/Christmas.
- Shop Small Saturday - Nov. 24 - Nov. 24 @ 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Shop Small Saturday Downtown Eureka Springs, events coming soon. Downtown from 1 p.m-3 p.m.
- Christmas Parade of Lights - Nov. 30 - Downtown, 6 p.m.
One of Eureka's favorite parades. This evening's Parade of Lights rolls at 6 p.m. through the beautifully decorated downtown streets with floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights. Start your holiday season in Eureka. www.eurekaspringschamber.com.
- Fire Fighters & Santa in The Park - Dec. 1 - Basin Spring Park 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the fire department as they bring Santa for a special treat to Downtown Eureka Springs.
- Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes - Dec. 1 - Downtown, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
A walking tour of a sampling of Eureka's most beautifully restored homes giving guests a glimpse of a bygone era. All stops on the self-guided tour will be lavishly decorated for the season with Victorian attired docents to relate the history of each home. Visitors will be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along their journey into the past. Visit www.eurekaspringspreservationsociety.org.
- John Two Hawks Holiday Concert - Dec. 1 - The Auditorium, 7 p.m.
16th annual holiday concert featuring John Two-Hawks and featuring the Bentonville Washington Jr. High Girls' Choir at The Aud in Eureka Springs. Tickets available at http://johntwohawks.com or at the door the night of the performance.
- Christmas Tree Forest - Dec. 3- Jan. 1 - Crescent Hotel Garden
More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel's nearly 15 acres. An event to raise money for local charities, the annual Christmas forest is a community-wide decoration event that allows votes/collections with all money raised going directly to the charity with the top three vote-getters receiving an additional bonus from the Crescent and Basin Park Family. The Christmas Forest will remain on the East Lawn of the Crescent Hotel for display through Jan. 1.
- 52nd Annual Silver Tea - Dec. 6 - Crescent Hotel, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Crystal Dining Room at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas will be turned into a Winter Wonderland by the St. James Episcopal Church members. This yearly event on the first Thursday in December kicks off the Christmas Season Celebrations occurring all over town throughout the month. The tables are covered with silver trays full of tea cookies and sandwiches. Each year a non-profit organization in Carroll County is chosen to receive the proceeds.
- Night of 1000 Santas - Dec. 8 - Downtown Eureka Springs, 5 p.m.
The Premier Downtown Eureka Springs Santa Scavenger Hunt is back and better than ever! Join hundreds of Santa’s and his helpers to find spots with games, clues, and trivia throughout the night in Downtown Eureka Springs. It’s time to find out who is naughty and who’s nice! The person who gets the most points will win a trip back to Eureka Springs. http://eurekaspringsdowntown.com/
- Ozark Chorale Holiday Concert - Dec. 8 - The Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Come and celebrate the season with the Ozark Chorale at The Auditorium. Tickets available at the door the evening of the concert.
- A Night of Merry Making - Dec. 8 - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free Fun for the whole family with caroling in Basin Spring Park; Living Windows including Living Art Exhibit; Elfie Selfie Scavenger; snow, street theater and more throughout this spectacular night of shopping downtown.