Christmas in Eureka Springs
While Eureka Springs is a favorite fall destination, it should not be overlooked during the most magical time of the year. In December, this quaint mountain town is festive and full of holiday traditions. The Crescent Hotel is aglow, Victorian-home owners open their doors for a Christmas tour, there are free holiday movies and brunch with the Grinch. A visit will leave you feeling nestled in holiday cheer.
Peek Inside Beautiful Homes
A longstanding tradition, The 43rd Annual Eureka Springs Preservation Society Christmas Tour of Homes is 2–6 p.m. December 2, when you can tour Victorian homes lavishly decorated for the season. Peek inside these gorgeous structures on a self-guided tour. Enjoy a night of old-fashioned grandeur and stories of home preservation.
Walk Among the Trees
Explore the Christmas Forest at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel. On the East Lawn, meander through dozens of festive trees that are each decorated by and represent a local nonprofit. The hotel also hosts Sunday brunches with Santa and live music, and there are always dazzling decorations in the lobby and throughout the property. It’s a must stop.
Do Some Holiday Shopping
Stroll downtown, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and shop for locally made jewelry, crafts, paintings, gourmet food, kitchen gadgets and more. From 5–7 p.m., December 9 enjoy “Living Windows” where downtown shops have real humans in their windows dressed as elves, Santa, Whos of Whoville and other characters. It’s a fun night of shopping.
See the Big Guy Himself
Basin Spring Park is home to a beautiful tree, fun activities and a gathering spot. Santa Claus visits the park for the first three Saturdays in December from noon–2 p.m. and 3 p.m.–5 p.m. On December 16, there’s an Ugly Sweater contest at 12:30 p.m. so grab your most hideous pullover. Winners receive a gift basket filled with Eureka Springs swag.