Eureka Springs Christmas Giveaway

Jill M. Rohrbach
Is it too early to talk about Christmas? It will be here sooner than you think. So here’s an idea for a way to enjoy some fall foliage in the Ozarks, shop for Christmas, and possibly win a holiday vacation in Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs is promoting a new Christmas Festival with a Holiday Vacation Giveaway – an all expense paid vacation to Eureka during the festival for a family of four.

The Holiday Vacation Giveaway winner will be awarded complimentary accommodations for the dates Dec. 3-6 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. In addition, they will receive gift certificates for fine dining at DeVito’s Italian Restaurant and the Grand Taverne Restaurant at the Grand Central Hotel, tickets to the Christmas show at Pine Mountain Jamboree, admission to the Candlelight Tour of Homes, tickets to the Christmas Ball, a massage for two at Eureka Massage and Wellness Therapies, a holiday family portrait session from Purdy Art Company, and tickets to Santa’s Brunch at the Crescent Hotel. As if that weren’t enough, the winners will ride in a convertible as honored guests in the city’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights.

How do you enter? Visit Eureka Springs and pick up a form,
available at hotels and merchants throughout Eureka Springs. The forms can be dropped off at the City Auditorium, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, The Palace Hotel & Bathhouse, The New Orleans Hotel and the Grand Central Hotel. The winner will be notified Nov. 6.

Now Eureka is one of my favorite places any day of the year, any season. But with fall approaching, this Ozark town is a stunning painter’s palette of gold, auburn and red. The Victorian architecture set against these gorgeous hues is reason alone to visit Eureka. Couple that with shopping and you’ve got a win win situation. Whether for yourself or to give as a Christmas gift, consider buying goods from unique boutiques and art galleries. This Victorian village is home to more than 200 independently-owned stores offering a wide variety of specialty gifts. One-of-a-kind works of art from jewelry to paintings to bronze sculpture by local, regional and nationally-known artists can be found throughout the town. (And there’s a great little shop across from Basin Spring Park in the middle of downtown called Christopher’s if you’re looking for something to buy for me. Someone give this hint to my husband.)

Over 75 chef-owned and operated restaurants provide quality dining experiences. You can spend the night in historic lodgings, romantic bed and breakfast inns, tree houses, cabins, roadside motor courts or modern motels.

Fill out a vacation giveaway entry form while you’re there this fall and maybe you’ll win the treat of experiencing a magical Christmas in Eureka Springs.

The Christmas Festival activities begin the day after Thanksgiving with Santa in the Park. Other events will be the 43rd annual Silver Tea, the evening Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 4, the formal Lighting of Basin Park, the 27th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, the Christmas Ball benefiting the Historical Museum, Christmas at the Crescent, Living Windows inside downtown shops, Christmas concerts at the City Auditorium, a huge lighting display at The Great Passion Play, and Christmas music shows at the Pine Mountain Jamboree and Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down. Numerous other seasonal events and holiday shopping specials are also planned.
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