Tag Archives: christmas eureka springs

Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Eureka Springs

There is no better place to use as the center of your Downtown Eureka Springs Christmas weekend celebrations than the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, 12 Spring Street, adjacent to Basin Spring Park.  You will realize that when you take one step out of their front door and you are immersed in holiday lights, decorations, and an atmosphere that surrounds you with the spirit of the season.  And, here are a few more yuletide reasons why:

Annual Christmas Parade of Lights – Of all the parades that travel through downtown, this parade is the favorite of visitors and residents alike.  Floats, bands, smiling faces throwing candy and, of course, a chance to catch a glimpse of Ol’ Saint Nick… and the best place to see all of this is in front of the hotel.  Many like to arrive early for light snack in the hotel’s Balcony Restaurant or dropping in after Santa has gone by to sip on a cup of hot chocolate or an adult beverage while looking out over the downtown lights.

Shopping for Unique Gifts – One of the best holiday celebrations is going from store to store in downtown to pick out that perfect gift… a unique gift, the kind you won’t find in one of those chain stores.  A good starting point and a “we’ll meet you back here afterwards” point is the Basin Park Hotel.  A quick meal “afterwards” on The Balcony is a great place for your gang to compare all the treasures you purchased.

Entertainment in The Aud – The Eureka Springs City Auditorium (The Aud) is only one block from the 1905 Basin Park Hotel… and The Aud has numerous concerts and events during the Christmas season:  John Two Hawks Christmas Concert, December 7; Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre, December 13; Ozarks Chorale Christmas Concert, December 14; “Home For The Holidays” Concert, December 20; and “Grady Nichols Christmas”, December 21.   If you are traveling from out of town for a performance at The Aud, the Basin Park is the place to stay since it is close and only a casual walk away.  Locals will meet at the hotel for a cocktail before and after a performance to make the special holiday evening even more special.

Night of MerryMaking – On Saturday, December 14 beginning at 4 p.m. is “The Night of MerryMaking”, a festive, uproarious and experiential holiday event that starts in Basin Spring Park and includes…  what seems to be 1,000 Santas blanketing the downtown streets; plus Spring Street full of “Living Windows”, three-dimensional canvases with live actors as they pose in storefront tableaux replicating artwork from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art;  mömandpöp singing; snow falling; and sidewalk Christmas carolers.

Food & Wine – The weeks surrounding the holidays also make up a great time to gather with those close to you to have a casual lunch or dinner, sip your favorite wine or craft beer, or simply enjoy each other’s company.  Whether you choose the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s Balcony Restaurant & Bar, the casual atmosphere of their Lucky 7 Rooftop Lounge, or any one of the other 21 bars and bistros in walking distance from the hotel (you are in the center of the Eureka Springs Entertainment District, you know), either place is a fun and delightful get-together spot for kicking back and sharing holiday cheer with friends and family.

www.EurekaSpringsChristmas.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.

Home for Holidays

12-4-10 069

Make Holiday Memories in Downtown Eureka Springs

Christmas Week thru New Years is a perfect time to make a quick visit to Eureka Springs  for that couples getaway or family gathering.  During this week, rates drop and the fun begins!

Stay for only $99 weekdays or $149 on the Weekend December 26th-December 31st!  Reserve Now

Staying at the Basin Park Hotel one can enjoy the close proximity to everything! Shopping, 25074816_10159613607690487_5463982039799634367_odining and downtown attractions are all footsteps away from being in the center of town.  This is also the time to get that discount on after Christmas sale items!

Explore the many steps/stairwells and walking trails leading you around to the natural springs, architecture and overlooks.  Grab a great bite to eat and people watch from the Balcony Restaurant on the first floor or treat yourself to a relaxing massage on the second level at Spa1905.  Walkins are welcome!25188613_10159613586990487_7284605744749067260_o

Nightly fun, go on a Spirits Tour at the Basin, play a little pool at the Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards on the 6th floor or check out live music in downtown. 

Don’t forget New Years Eve is just around the corner! Only a few tickets left for the Ballroom Blitz with Red Amibition!  Details Here!

800_3736