Eureka Springs Offers Holiday Fun for Everyone

Dec 5th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

Families looking for an old-fashioned, slow paced holiday experience can find what they’re looking for in the historic Victorian Village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   Residents share the warmth of a small-town Christmas with visitors through the many holiday events and activities.

The dozens of shops and galleries in Eureka Springs are a favorite for shoppers looking for that special, one-of-a-kind gift that can’t be purchased just anywhere.

The town begins lighting up on November 1st with both residents and businesses participating in the “Bling in the Springs” holiday lighting competition sponsored by the Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission.   Homes and businesses city-wide will be aglow for the holidays.

The grounds of the Great Passion Play will be lit up with thousands of lights as well during “Experience the Light” which runs on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30pm through December 21st.   Besides the lights, they will feature Christmas music in the Great Hall and a live nativity with actors and animals in the Smith Chapel.  Admission is by donation.

The largest Snow Village and Train Exhibit in the South will be on display every weekend at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Annex.   Presented by the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, the display takes you back to a 1930’s to 1950’s landscape of small town America.  It is comprised of over 300 buildings, including three ‘town squares’ depicting businesses of the era, three Lionel 0 scale trains, a Lionel 0 scale trolley, and numerous other vehicles and accessories of this time.

The 47th Annual Silver Tea is hosted by the women of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs.  On Thurs., Dec. 5th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the dining room of the historic Crescent Hotel will be transformed by seasonal decorations, hostesses in period costume and elegant tea tables with heirloom silver pieces displayed on stunning lace tablecloths.   A mouth-watering variety of tea sandwiches and cookies will be served in addition to coffee and tea.  Admission is by donation.

Members of the world famous Platters will serve as Grand Marshals of the Annual Christmas Parade scheduled for Friday December 6th at 6 p.m.  The theme for the 2013 parade is “Christmas Memories.”  The parade is staged in the historic downtown district and is surrounded by great shops and boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.    Following the parade, area bands and choirs will perform in Basin Spring Park with free hot cocoa and cider.

On Saturday, December 7th, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosts the 31st Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes.   Nine locations will be participating in this year’s tour, 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 at each site to relate the history of each home.  Tickets can be purchased at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum or  Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.

The Alliance of Better Bed & Breakfasts in Eureka Springs will host their annual Sweet Treats Cookie Tour from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, De.   Visit 9 different bed and breakfasts sampling their favorite cookie and candy recipes.

Kids of all ages can see Santa in Basin Spring Park during several events.   His first visit will be on Friday, November 29th at 5.pm.     He will return to the park on Saturday, December 7th and 14th from 1-3 p.m.  for photos, letter writing, and Reindeer Games for the whole family!   On the 7th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. you can browse Living Windows in participating downtown stores.    The next Saturday the 14th from 3 to 5 p.m. guests can enjoy the Jingle Bell Stroll with community caroling.

There will be no shortage of Christmas music playing throughout town.    On December 7th, at 7 p.m. renowned Native American musician John Two-Hawks will present his 10th Annual Christmas Concert at The Auditorium celebrating the magic of this sacred season featuring the Gravette Jr. High Youth Choir.     The Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert and Community Hallelujah Chorus Sing is the following Saturday, December 14th, also at The Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.    And Pine Mountain Theater will present a Christmas Gospel Concert with award-winning Southern Gospel Group Brian Free and Assurance at 7 p.m. on December 7th as well.

For more information on these events, visit www.eurekasprings.org or call 479-253-7333.