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OzMoMu Lineup 2020

Ozark Mountain Music Festival 2020

 Ozark Mountain Music Festival (OzMoMu) celebrates its 7th year January 16-19th

 (EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2020 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, will return January 16-20 to Downtown Eureka Springs.  The winter festival, best known for its upbeat and infectious Americana Roots music and laid back vibe is held inside at the Basin Park Hotel often spilling outdoors into the Eureka Springs Entertainment District. Nightly headliners for this year’s event include Arkansauce (Thursday), Wood & Wire (Friday) and both The Hillbenders and Dirtfoot (Saturday).

Thursday January 16, 2020

The Thursday Kickoff show, starting at 8PM with Brian Martin continues at 10 with a headliner very familiar to the area.  Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four piece string band from Northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk. With a loyal following growing every day in the Natural State and along their tour routes, the band is proud to be stepping into a hard-driving sound unique to the Arkansas quartet.

Friday January 17, 2020

Friday Music begins at 6PM with the likes of Brad Fielder and Red Ozak Ruse, with the most anticipated act of this year’s Festival taking the Stage at 10PM.  Living the mantra  “This isn’t a land made for quiet reflection, it’s a land made for hard work.”   Wood & Wire from Austin, TX have shown Respect for honest labor by honing a central theme in Wood & Wire’s 2018 GRAMMY Nominated album for “Best Bluegrass”, North of Despair ( Blue Corn Music), with songs populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting. But it’s the melding of this hard country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound.

Saturday January 18, 2020

After a Raucus Friday night, there is no recovery time at OzMoMu20 as the music kicks up again at 1PM and continues throughout the night.  With acts such as Chucky Waggs, The Haymakers and Dam Neighbors the stage will be set for the Saturday Headliners to begin at 8PM.   OzMoMu festival goers should prepare for energy of The Hillbenders followed  by a Dose of Gypsy Punk Country Grumble boogie otherwise known as Dirtfoot.

The Hillbenders were formed in April of 2008, and are still touring with the original lineup widely touted as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene. Of late, the HillBenders have shifted their focus back onto their originals and have released their fourth studio album, appropriately and eponymously titled “The HillBenders”.

Dirtfoot has been spreading their infectious grooves and their unique Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie sound for the past 10 years. The crowds come to take part in the fun and chaos, hollering to all the calls and responses, shaking their beancans, and getting down with the infectious grooves. Led by Matt & J, Dirtfoot is a blend of eclectic styles as well as diverse personalities. Featuring instruments ranging from guitar, banjo, trombone, upright bass, drums, percussion and more, this band has a truly unique yet familiar sound. The band describes their sound as “It is like a good gumbo – you have some growling vocals, heavy bass and percussion that makes a good, dark, dirty Louisiana roux, mixed heartily with some meaty rhythms, combined liberally with fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo that are like okra and tomatoes picked from your backyard garden, topped with the hot n’ sexy spice of trombone and lead guitar, and finally a little something magical and indescribable”, There you have Dirtfoot – a delicious, spicy, dirty band that will make you stomp your feet, shake you’re a..

ozark mountain music festival 2020

2020 Ozark Mountain Music Festival Lineup includes:

Thursday, January 16th

8PM-Brian Martin- Central, AR

10PM-Arkansauce- Fayetteville, AR

 

Friday, January 17th

6PM-Brad Fielder -Norman, OK

8PM-Red Oak Ruse- Eureka Springs, AR

10PM-Wood & Wire –Austin, TX

Midnight JAM

 

Saturday, January 18th

1PM-Folk Fest Singer Song Writer Contest Winner

2PM-Chucky Waggs- Eureka Springs, AR

4PM-The Damn Neighbors- Fayetteville, AR

6PM-The Haymakers- Lawrence, KS

8PM-The Hillbenders- Springfield, MO

10PM-Dirtfoot- Laffeyette, LA

Midnight JAM

 

Sunday, January 19th

Bloody Mary Show

12PM-Brick Fields- Fayetteville

The Basin Park Hotel, known for its epic events ranging from a comeback show of The Band to its many years of the Eureka Springs Blues Festival, has once again found its groove.  With music produced by Oz and its signature event, OzMoMu the Basin Park Ballroom is back. “Downtown Eureka Springs and the Basin Park Hotel are unique.  The festival has no backstage area so the attendees and bands are all sharing the same space.  Hanging out with the bands as one group of people who love music is what makes OzMoMu so unique” stated Mary Howze, OZ Festival Coordinator.

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For more information, contact:

Ms. Mary Howze

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

Festival Coordinator

(479) 363-6327

ozarkmountainmusicfestival@gmail.com

New Years Eve Downtown Dance Party

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The Downtown Dance Party for New Year 2020 will be at the Basin Park Hotel

Fresh this year, you can expect a BIG Dance Party to favorite tunes and an electric atmosphere on the  Basin Park Hotel’s top floor. The historic ballroom will transform to the hottest club and Cover Band Red Ambition will bring the energy and popular sounds to an evening full of drinks, dancing and surprises.  Free flowing champagne, light fare, dessert and a appropriate midnight breakfast is included.

Scheduled from 9 PM – 1AM tickets are $50 per person or $85 per couple.

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Let’s Talk About the Fall Season

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Fall Color in The Arkansas Ozarks – There is not a prettier place on the planet earth than The Arkansas Ozarks when autumn arrives. The mountainsides, the hollows, the hiking and mountain biking trails are painted with hues of gold, red, orange, and purple.  Mother Nature turns the emerald green hardwood trees of  summer into explosions of breathtaking color. View our Fall Webcam.   The views offered are refreshed every 15 daylight minutes.   The source of this bird’s-eye view comes from the open-air balcony of the Crescent’s SkyBar Gourmet Pizza located on the hotel’s top floor.

An Active Town – This Victorian village has developed a web of foot trails and challenging mountain biking trails for a way to see the rainbow of fall color right in town.  Take in the views of the Ozark Valley to Eureka’s East Mountain and over the top of the historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.  Trolley or Tram Rides are a great way to view town and the Fall color.fall color eureka springs

Great Weather – This is THE TIME for you Leaf lookers to enjoy all things Fall! Get outdoors and take in that cooler, fall crisp air in the Ozark Mountains.

Great Food – Did you know that many of our restaurants are chef-owned? This unique flare gives the visitor a wide range of options of local culinary flavors to choose from.

Lots of Activities & Things To Do – There are so many events and FUN Things To Do during the Fall Season in Eureka Springs… choose from Music Festivals, Craft Fairs, Zombie Crawl, Halloween Seance, Cemetery Tours or view the full list of Things To Do.

Road Trip Opportunities – Allow yourself for some easy day trip drives (less than an hour) to nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Roaring River State Park, Hobbs State Park or Pea Ridge State Park.  Buffalo National River is a perfect outdoor experience if you want to be immersed in nature, great hiking and catch some waterfalls.

LEAF SEASON IN THE OZARKS – VALUE DEALS:  Stay for Just $109 (reg rate $209) during these dates at the Basin Park Hotel:
10/14-10/15, 10/22-10/24, 10/27-10/30, 11/3-11/7.  BOOK NOW

Fall Peak Week Eureka Springs

PEAK WEEK NOVEMBER 1st – 10th

“By the way, state fall color prognosticators say this year’s peak of coloration will be during the first week of November.View Peak Week Map.

Eureka Springs Wedding

FUN Wedding Package For The Basin Park Hotel

Your wedding celebration starts with a beautiful ceremony inside the Historic Penn Memorial Chapel, with rich earth tones and dark wood pews accented with colorful stained glass windows.

After your ceremony, exit the church to a group of friends and family on Spring Street guiding you into your vintage car and parading with you down the short drive to the entrance to the hotel.

The Fun Continues at the Basin Park Hotel as you are greeted by a friendly staff,  music accompaniment and the warmth of the Historic Ozark Room.

 

Images by Hudson Photography

Penn Memorial Church Wedding Package

The Basin Park Hotel offers a new wedding package that arranges your whole wedding to be downtown.  Ceremony offered at the Historic Penn Memorial Chapel, located in downtown and celebrate your reception in the beautiful Ozark Room of the Basin Park Hotel.

Package includes:

  • Use of Historic Penn Memorial Chapel* in downtown Eureka Springs for 1 hour for ceremony
  • Reception space at the Historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel for a 2 hour reception (Ozark Room)
  • Cake and punch for up to 50 people
  • One bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider for bride and groom
  • Solo musician for music for ceremony
  • Historic Classic Car…ride in the style of the day through downtown Eureka Springs to your reception at the Historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel
  • An officiant for the ceremony

*Penn Memorial Chapel is located in the heart of Eureka Springs and is named in honor of William Penn.  Reflecting the influence of Byzantine architecture, the Church was completed in 1913.  The stained glass windows in the sanctuary were an early addition to the Church and are a vital part of the beauty of the Church as it stands today.

Package price:  $1599.00 inclusive of all taxes and service charges.

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You may also rent the  Penn Memorial Chapel without a package for $750

Call 800-903-4940

penn memorial church  Images by Purdy Art Co – Ozark Room

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Your Visit to Downtown Eureka Springs

“Be in The Moment” During Your Family Vacation to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas          

When asked, “Be in the Moment” tends to be the most common response by visitors to the Downtown Eureka Springs’ 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  It is not surprising for one never knows what to expect on a visit to the center of the historic, shopping and entertainment district of one of America’s most interesting places to visit.  Street parades marching by.  Pop-up musicians playing your favorite tune.  Jugglers performing.  Artists creating art right before your eyes.  Ice cream cone moustaches being formed above a smile.  Balloon animals magically appearing.  Simple people-watching the interesting individuals who flock to Basin Spring Park.   All of these experiences create the family-friendly inner personality that shines brightly in this “Extaordinary Escape” Arkansas Ozark’s community during the summer months.

An overnight at the 1905 Basin Park hotel only compliments what occurs on the street.  Best friends -oftentimes mother and daughter combinations- are regular visitors to the hotel’s Spa1905 for group facials.  Couples love hanging out on the spa’s huge sun deck or relaxing in the hot tub.  Adult guests are attuned to listening for the break of pool balls during a friendly game of eight ball in the Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards parlor.  All guests casually enjoy the common occurrence of music echoing from the most popular restaurant in town, The Balcony).   Evenings bring ghost hunting throughout the hotel from “the rooftop to the ‘Bootleggers Cave’” during the Basin Park’s Ghost Adventour.  This popular attraction brings both an adventure and a ghost tour while teaching a few ghost hunting tips where the kids can extend their exploration until their comfortable bed calls.

It should be noted, that guests of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel can also splash in the mountaintop pool of the 1886 Crescent Hotel, sister hotel of the Basin Park.  A hotel shuttle will take guests to and from so no need to use the family car or SUV.  By the way, the shuttle is also available for families to use for transportation to and from many local area restaurants.

The city itself has expanded Eureka Springs’ 2019 menu of fun family things to do.  That menu includes nuances and traditional venues that have been entertaining families for generation after generation.  Here are just a few:

  • Escape Room 13 – The adaptation of the 1922 Eureka Springs Bank Heist crafted into a story that anyone from 8 years old to over 80 years old can enjoy. It’s a hands-on experience with secret messages, hidden passages and more. Not a scary event and quite family friendly.  com
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – More than 100 rescued animals now call Turpentine Creek’s 459 acres home. Animals include tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, bears, ligers, servals, monkeys and a macaw.  These beautiful creatures were abandoned, abused and neglected but now rescued to enjoy a happy, stress free life in wonderful natural habitats.  Daily tours are available.  org
  • Ozark Mountain Ziplines – Soar through the air from up to 300 feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast, gorgeous Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. Experience 10 cables and one swinging bridge during two hours of fun per tour for persons three years of age or older.  Open daily except Wednesdays.    com
  • Mountain Biking Trails – Mountain biking has become the new adventure for Eureka Springs. Miles and miles of trails of all kinds for riding skill levels of all kinds crisscross the community for families to enjoy on two wheels.   Lake Leatherwood City Park, Great Passion Play trail system, Eureka’s In-City System, and the most spectacular downhill biking course on the Oz Trails System… just waiting to be shred.  com
  • Onyx Cave – The oldest show cave in Arkansas awaits new eyes to behold its splendor. Discovered in 1893, this collection of underground natural flowstone creations is perfect for the family.  Located just six miles east of Eureka, this unique self-guided tour with easy access ramps offers a constant underground temperature of 57 degrees the year ‘round.   com
  • Intrigue Theater – Experience the intrigue of spending an evening with a world-class illusionist and an awe-inspiring medium. Even the most hardened cynics are amazed by what they encounter.  The performance features nationally acclaimed illusionist Sean-Paul and medium Juliana Fay performing in the elegant and elaborate setting in the mysterious Gavioli Theater.  Performances Wednesday through Saturday nights.  For exact schedule, com
  • Big Water – For families who like to enjoy the “big water”, just minutes from downtown are Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Lake Leatherwood, and the two rivers: Kings and White enabling a “splashtastic” time. Bringing along a kayak, canoe, motorboat, or just a blow-up raft or innertube on your Eureka Springs’ vacation would not be out of order.  You might also throw in a fishing pole or two for developing your very own fish tales.    com/Waterworld

In Eureka Springs you truly can escape from your everyday life; become immersed in the this totally unique, little Ozark village; and simply adopt the ‘Be in the Moment’ philosophy.  This allows you to share your time and full attention with the people who mean the most to you: your family.

That is why families who long to ‘be in the moment’ with each other on a one-of-a-kind summer vacation, tend to choose the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, where the most fun is.

For more information BasinPark.com.

April: When Eureka Springs Blossoms

A strong endorsement for the best place to stay in downtown Eureka during your mini-getaway during this “official” first full month of spring is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the heart of the Eureka Springs shopping and entertainment district, is the choice for those who want to park their vehicle only once and fully immerse themselves in the historic ambiance of this village.This seven-story architectural phenomenon, built right into the limestone Ozark bluffs, offers birds eye views of downtown and sits right next to the spring, and now the park, where it all started: Basin Spring Park.  Nearly 100 eclectic shops and art galleries, bars, bistros and nightspots are literally just outside the hotel’s front door, all within walking distance.  The hotel’s Balcony Restaurant has become the place for downtown visitors to enjoy a snack, a meal, a cold shake, a craft beer or other adult beverages all while resting a few moments in the al fresco seating that affords patrons a chance to oversee the activity below.basin park hotelIn addition to the flora and fauna of spring, a few other reasons this is a great month to visit The Ozarks’ “Extraordinary Escape” village is that this historic little resort community offers:

>Eureka Springs is unique because people who visit here boast about how friendly the community is.  It is a tremendous asset to have a vacation destination that is “Always Welcoming”.

>The community is adjacent to two rivers (Kings and White) and three lakes (Beaver, Table Rock, and Leatherwood).  All five liquid playgrounds are perfect for that first kayaking or boating excursion of the year and/or a fishing expedition that the winter has cruelly delayed.

>A new golden asset for Eureka Springs is the host of new and numerous soft hiking trails many with waterfalls.  Eureka offers tame trails for all levels most and each is wonderfully scenic.  You will love the dozens of urban trails that crisscross the hills-n-hollers of the town.  Many of these have trailheads adjacent to lodging sites, such as those at the Crescent Hotel at the top of the mountain.

>Spring Diversity Weekend has become a chance for members of the LGBTQ community from a five-state area to gather and celebrate the love of freely being who they are.  Eureka Springs rolls out the rainbow carpet that says, “Welcome to a loving city that has acceptance as part of its fabric”.

>April in Eureka is the time to dust off your golf bag and start honing your swing pattern.  With championship courses that include Holiday Island and nearby Branson, your game is only interrupted by a pause to gaze at the panoramic views from the links.

>Easter weekend will feature high spirituality with the return of The Great Passion Play, a landmark production that has entertained patrons for decades.  Their Easter Sunrise Service at the base of the Christ of The Ozarks statue (the tallest in the northern hemisphere) is truly awe-inspiring.  Spa1905 at the Basin Park Hotel is offering a 2 Night Duet package arriving Friday, 4/19 to celebrate Easter Weekend:

>For those who would like to know more about visitors from other planets, other galaxies, the annual UFO Convention convenes here in April.  It is a time to find out more and share with others your thoughts and experiences, comparing yours to theirs.

>Springtime In The Ozarks is a four-day annual event for those who are members of the AA fellowship or are seeking more information about this long-standing program that helps members with their addiction to alcohol.  Noted speakers fill the days and outstanding fellowship activities fill the nights as “friends of Bill W.” gather with nearly 3,000 in attendance.

>The Spring Fling is the huge annual biker rally that welcomes good weather and encourages 5 Days of Fun Riding, Music, Food and More at the Cathouse in Downtown Eureka Springs.

>If you like to visit a yard sale now and then, you need to visit Eureka Springs during the “Yards and Yards of Yard Sales”, a full weekend of finding everything you want and perhaps even some things you need.  A helpful map leads you to each and every yard participating and there are nearly 100 scattered across Western Carroll County.  Be sure to bring a vehicle with a large trunk or truck bed… you will need it.

> Let us also mention all the quality restaurants of Eureka Springs.  Here you will find the greatest assortment of unique, non-chain restaurants that get major rave reviews from foodies.  Inside the Crescent Hotel alone you will find two of these: The Crystal Dining Room and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza.  And on April 5th, Main Street Eureka Springs provides a unique opportunity to sample many of these during “Main Street Eats” a progressive dinner.>Add to that the great year ‘round attractions like Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Intrigue Theater, Basin Ghost Adventour and the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour (to name just a few), plus the Crescent Hotel’s resort activities and your days and nights are complete.

You are encouraged to make your reservations now so you can have a bed for your head for the nights after full and fun-filled days.  Instagram is awaiting your images!

 

Exciting things to Experience this Spring Break

Spring Breaking in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is enhanced by the many fun things to do exploring this unique family fun town.  This year check out the many experiential Spring Break things to do…

Attractions:

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Intrigue Theater

Escape Room

Eureka Springs Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Downtown –N-Underground Tour

Haunted Eureka Springs Tours

Crescent Ghost Tour

Basin Park Ghost Adventour

Flickering Tales

Not Really A Door

The Great Passion Play “Behind the Scenes Tour” & Christ of the Ozarks Statue

Trolly /Tram Tour

Bear Mountain Stables

Caves: 

Onyx Cave, Cosmic Cavern, War Eagle Cavern

 

Outdoors:

Hiking/Trails

Mountain Biking

Sightseeing

Fishing

Floating

Golf

Parks: Black Bass Lake, Lake Leatherwood, Harmon Park (Skate Park & Dog Park)

Beaver Lake/Dam

Beaver Town Bridge

Downtown:

Shops

Kid Friendly Shops:

Magic Shop

TRex Shop

Judge Roy Beans

Crescent Moon Beads

Fudge Shops

Nut House

Funnel Cake

Colossal Cupcakes & Cones

Geo Caching

Civil War Cave (staircase next to Funnel Cake Shop on Spring & Main Street)

Exploring the Staircases, Springs Basin Park Bluff

Restaurants

Bars

 

Day Trips:

Crystal Bridges

Buffalo River

Roaring River State Park

Hobbs State Park

Withrow Springs State Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Branson/Silver Dollar City

War Eagle Mill

Now you can see why the only thing Spring Breakers traveling to Eureka Springs ask for is a few more days to experience even more family fun and activities.  So make your reservations today; rooms are filling up fast. Book Now!

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

The time is here…Get your Beads, Masks & Bring Your Friends!eureka springs mardi grasDon’t Miss 2 Parades/ 3 Balls and Loads of Fun! Eureka Springs Mardi Festival kicks off February 21st – March 5th with 2 full weekends of festivities.

February 23rd check out the Mardi Gras Night Parade followed by the Black Light Ball at Chelsea’s.  Tickets $35-this will sell out!

March 2nd  join in on the Mardi Gras Day Parade

March 3rd end the weekend with a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel. 11AM-2PM.  $29.95 per person.  Enjoy fine dining at the Jazz Champagne Brunch in the Crystal Dining Room at the world famous Crescent Hotel. Feast on food, fun, music, and join in on the 2nd line dance.  Call for reservations: 877-342-9766.

 

Mardi Gras Packages:

Mardi Gras (2/22-2/24)

  • 2 Night Stay in a Premium Room
  • Beads To Throw & Masks
  • 2 Tickets to Black Light Ball 2/23

Total: $375 + taxes and fees. Book Now. 

Mardi Gras VIP (3/1-3/3)

  • 2 Night Stay in a Jacuzzi Suite
  • Beads & Masks
  • VIP Table/Food on the Balcony to watch the Day Parade (Sat)

Total: $450 + taxes and fees. Book Now.

View Full Mardi Gras Schedule.

Ozark Mountain Music Festival 2019

7 Reasons OzMoMu ’19 Is The Thing To Do In January

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  • Winter’s only outdoor festival held indoors
  • Where the attendees and the bands party together; there’s no backstage
  • Foot-stompin’, energizing, sing right along with Ben Miller
  • Take over the whole hotel… friends on every floor
  • Roll to Chelsea’s after hours… then roll back to rest up for next day
  • Kick-a** Galaxy Grass with the Kitchen Dwellers
  • Bloody Mary Show Finale on Sunday to say “G’bye… till OzMoMu ‘20”          

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Downtown Eureka Springs ~ 1905 Basin Park Hotel

4 Days / 10 Acts 

$55 All Access Passes – BUY TICKETS

 

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.

 

 

Christmas Season in Eureka Springs

FOUR FUN-FILLED YULE WEEKENDS HIGHLIGHT EUREKA SPRINGS’ CHRISTMAS SEASON

Christmas holidays in Eureka Springs offer a full schedule of traditional events beginning November 24 through the month of December.  The first four weekends have been frontloaded to start the holidays off in style.

*Weekend of November 22-25 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

>Shop Small Saturday on November 24 encourages folks to shop throughout Eureka playing “Shop Small Saturday Scavenger Hunt”.  The first 100 participants will receive a local retail, dining or attraction gift certificate and a “Shop Small” bag at the hunt’s starting point, the Eureka Clothing Company at 31 Spring Street.

>Santa In The Park brings Ol’ Saint Nick to Basin Spring Park from 2:30 to 4:30 that afternoon giving kids of all ages a chance to sit in Santa’s lap while posing for a selfie.

>Live Entertainment will fill the park all afternoon with the sounds of the season provided by Kids’ Choice award-winners, momandpop.

>Official Christmas Tree Lighting will see Eureka’s downtown holiday focal point become illuminated in Basin Spring Park during a festive ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m.  During the ceremony, the winners of the “Shop Small Saturday Scavenger Hunt” will be announced.

 

*Weekend of November 30-December 2 (Eureka Springs Christmas Festival)

>Christmas Parade of Lights on Friday, November 30 at 6p.m. will wind through downtown Eureka on Spring Street.  Bands, floats and -of course- Santa Claus will form the festive, twinkling line of pageantry.

>Fire Fighters & Santa In The Park on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.   This mixed ensemble of hard working volunteers will meet and greet visitors to Basin Spring Park.

>Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes typically sees around 800 revelers walking the established route later that day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Eureka Springs Preservation Society has chosen a select number of iconic Victorian and historic homes -this year including Penn Castle- for ticket holders to see from the inside and out.  This trip back in time has been voted “Best Eureka Holiday Event”.

> Crescent Hotel’s Annual Christmas Tree Forest Lighting Ceremony will have the ceremonial light switch flipped at 6 p.m. to “on” illuminating the more than 30 trees that will be adorning the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  It should be noted that each tree is decorated by and for a local charity.  rest

>16th Annual John Two Hawks Concert in the City Auditorium from 7 to 9 o’clock that evening.  This Grammy-nominated recording artist will perform his favorite Christmas songs.

>Santa’s Brunch on Sunday, December 2, offers a feast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. sitting in his big chair ready for families to gather for a family portrait with the jolly ol’ elf.  Families are encouraged to bring a camera and an appetite for this annual event in the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room.  It should be noted that concerts performed by local musical groups are scheduled in this same room during weekdays around the noon-hour

>Ice Skating –weather permitting- will be available from 5 to 8 that Sunday evening in the Fountain Garden of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.

>Frightfully Festive is a selection of Christmas ghost stories regaled at 9 p.m. Sunday in the Faculty Lounge of the Crescent Hotel.

 

*Weekend of December 6-9 (Weekend of Merrymaking)

>52nd Annual Silver Tea starts this weekend off a day early on Thursday afternoon.  From 1:30 to 3:30 polished tea and coffee sets are gently tipped to fill the cups of patrons by the ladies of the St. James Episcopal Church, festooned in Victorian gowns.  The entire Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent hotel is brimming with trays and trays of handmade holiday snacks and hors d’oeuvres.

>”Friday Night Fun” Kickoff with Santa is Friday night at 5 o’clock in the Fountain Garden of the Crescent Hotel.  Holiday treats and yuletide surprises will be followed by ice skating –weather permitting- until 8.

>Holiday Radio Show featuring the Five & Dime Players may be “seen” on the stage of the Crescent Hotel’s Conservatory Friday evening at 6.  Snacks and sipping will start the evening followed by a festive old-fashioned theatrical production from 7 to 8:30.

>The Night of Merrymaking is the Saturday night feature.  From 5 to 8, this event offers free fun for the whole family.  This Christmas event includes Community Caroling in Basin Spring Park with Kids’ Choice award-winners, momandpop; Living Windows that transform downtown store showroom windows into living art exhibits; Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt; Street Characters in The Snow; A Merry Dine-Around; Night of A Thousand Santas; and so much more.

> A Merry Dine-Around is Saturday evening from 5-9 and is a tasty adventurous, festive saunter to different dining locations downtown.  More than a dozen eateries will themed sample plates and/or cocktails and ticket holders get to choose four to enjoy.

> Night of a Thousand Santas (or Krampus – you decide!) gives Saturday night visitors to Eureka’s Downtown Entertainment District a chance to come dressed as Santa (nice) or Krampus (naughty) and stroll along with your fellow Saint Nicks from 6 to 10 starting with the Pre-Party at Chelsea’s Corner Café.  Following this hour featuring adult beverage availability, the Santa Stroll & Scavenger Hunt moving from one location to another then another, etc., making merry all the way.

            >Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert will take place on the stage at the city auditorium on Saturday at 7 p.m. for ticket holders.  This mixed ensemble of angelic voices will perform an evening of harmonious holiday favorites.

 

*Weekend of December 14-16 (Home for The Holidays Weekend)  

>A Eureka Christmas is a holiday concert on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. featuring Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber, from NBC’s popular “The Voice” television program.  Barrett and his band will entertain along with Rachel Fields, the Northwest Arkansas Gospel Choir, plus a special visit from native Arkansan Shannon Wurst.  This free show in THE Aud, Eureka’s city auditorium, requests that guests present non-perishable food items or cash donations at the door for local food banks.

Christmas comes but once a year, but Main Street Eureka Springs and its partners have tried to spread it out over a dozens of days.  For more information, go to EurekaSpringsChristmas.com and ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.