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Holiday Events in Eureka Springs

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa, elves, music and fun light up the holiday season in Eureka Springs.


Eureka Springs to offer new Christmas holiday events


            In expectation of bringing more tourists into Eureka Springs for shopping and entertainment during the pre-Christmas season, the city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission, the Chamber of Commerce and the Eureka Springs Downtown Network (ESDN) have announced a robust roster of programs and events to be held from mid-November through mid-December.

            The Pine Mountain Theater offers its annual Christmas Show Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting November 10, and ending December 10.

            The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down also presents a holiday show, beginning November 18, and running Friday and Saturday nights until December 10.

            The New Great Passion Play is expected to present Christmas programming, but has not yet announced what that will be.

            November 26 to December 24, the shops at Pine Mountain Village present “Candyland Christmas in the Village, while the ESDN Christmas Festival takes place downtown December 1-12. 

            On four consecutive Saturdays - November 26, and December 3, 20 and 17 – parents may drop their children off to watch free Christmas movies at the Gem, the downstairs level of the City Auditorium, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowing parents time to shop without the younger generation.

            The 23rd Annual Fall Antique Show and Sale kicks off the season November 18-20, with dealers from around the region displaying a wide variety of antiques at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. The preview, with wine and cheese, is set for Friday, November 18, 5:30-7 p.m. Regular show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More information is available at

            ESSA, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts is hosting a fine art show called ESSA Winterfest at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center Friday, November 25, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 479-253-5384 for more information.

            November 25 will find  Santa’s Elves and Christmas-costumed folk hiding throughout downtown. Visitors will be provided with maps for exploration, and receive gifts from each location. The event begins in Basin Spring Park at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., Santa arrives to visit with children and present them with a small goodie bag. Call 479-244-5074 for more information.

 Santa returns Sunday, November 26, 1-3 p.m., and parents can arrange with the professional photographer on site to snap shots of their little ones with the jolly old elf. He returns to the park on December 3, and again December 10, for more photo ops.

            That night, the Shameless Sequin Soiree (with optional black tie) takes place at The Queen Anne Mansion. The evening is a fundraiser for ESSA, and runs 7 – 11 p.m. Fine arts and crafts created by nationally renowned artists will be fore sale. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 479-253-5384 for more information.

            December 1, the Crescent Hotel Crystal Dining Room is the scene of the Silver Tea, an annual event put on by the Women of St. James, which benefits Hospice Angels this year. Cost is by donation. Time to be announced. Call 479-253-7333 for details.

            December 2, the downtown comes alive with Living Windows, when costumed characters take over the downtown windows starting at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m. the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade rolls, with floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights winding through downtown in this evening spectacle. 479-253-8737 for details.

            Santa’s Fun Run sets off from the Crescent Hotel at 8 a.m. Sunday, December 3. Runners of all ages, decked out in Santa costumes, race from the hotel to Basin Spring Park. Prizes for the winners. Call 479-244-5074 for more information.

            The Annual Preservation Society Tour of Homes opens historic homes in the White St. area to visitors, 3-8 p.m. on December 3.  Costumed docents discuss homes and decorations. More information at 479-253-9582.

            Also December 3, the Crescent Hotel Garden is the scene of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. Thirty trees decorated by area non-profit organizations will be lit.  From December 4 – 10 live holiday music and free Christmas films will enliven the Crescent. Call 479-253-9766 for more information about all Crescent Hotel Christmas events.

            Friday, December 9, the Christmas Ball, which benefits the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, takes place at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel from 7-11 p.m. Dancing to the Jack Mitchell Band, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and cash bar are highlights of the evening. 479-253-9417 for more information.



Carrie Groves
CAPC Publicist
P.O. Box 522
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Eureka Springs.

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