• John-Michael Scurio

Christmas At The Crescent


Aaaaaaah, The Crescent Hotel (built in 1886) - what a marvelous place. A landmark. A beacon. A tradition. A destination.


Many places around the world draw crowds for various reasons, and with such a rich history, The Crescent Hotel is no different. Hundreds of thousands of visitors each year flock to see this place. Experience the paranormal activity. Learn about Dr. Baker and the history. The The Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. See ghosts. Take ghost tours. Stay the evening. Meet the wonderful staff, Take in the views from the Sky Bar. The list goes on . . .


For me, Christmas At The Crescent is just delightful. Each year, the hotel comes alive in a very festive way bringing to life the joy of the season and drawing crowds interested in small town, Victorian tradition and fun. Sleigh rides. Ice Skating. S'mores. Lights. It is just wonderful.


Christmastime here in Eureka Springs has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday destinations. Each year, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s creates a week-long schedule of celebration for visitors, residents and guests and they call this special week - “Christmas at the Crescent”.


In 2020, a year like no other, this tradition continued and the chosen week was from December 4-11, 2020. Here is a brief run-down of what happened:


Friday, December 4th

  • 10AM-Historical Hiking tour

  • 5PM-Weekend Kickoff Party in the Game Room with beverage bar

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-Eureka Springs Town Christmas Parade (Stationary/Drive By)

Saturday, December 5th

  • 10AM-Morning Yoga Flow

  • 11AM-Gingerbread Decorating

  • 2PM-Hatchet Throwing

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-Lighting of Christmas Tree Forest

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down



Sunday, December 6th

  • 9AM-Holiday Breakfast Music

  • 10AM-Christmas Rubber Stamp Carving

  • 11AM-Santa Brunch

  • 2PM-Eggnog Social in Game Room

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down


Monday, December 7th

  • 9AM-Holiday Breakfast Music

  • 10AM-Handmade Ornaments

  • 2PM-Hatchet Throwing

  • 4PM-Wine Tasting

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down

Tuesday, December 8th

  • 9AM-Holiday Breakfast Music

  • 10AM-History Tour

  • 2PM-Hatchet Throwing

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down

Wednesday, December 9th

  • 9AM-Holiday Breakfast Music

  • 10AM-History Tour

  • 2PM-Paint & Eggnog Pour

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down

Thursday, December 10th

  • 9AM-Holiday Breakfast Music

  • 2PM-Gingerbread Decorating

  • 4PM-Craft Beer Tasting

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down

Friday, December 11th

  • 9AM-Holiday Breakfast Music

  • 10AM-Morning Yoga Flow

  • 2PM-Eggnog Social

  • 5PM-Weekend Kickoff Party in the Game Room with beverage bar

  • 5PM-Sleigh Ride

  • 6PM-S'mores around the Campfire

  • 7PM-Milk & Cookies at Turn-down

One of the most wonderful things that takes place each December at The Crescent is the Annual Christmas Tree Forest. Here, more than 30 trees adorn the East Lawn serving as a holiday focal point of the hotel's nearly 15 acres. This year, the Annual Christmas Tree Forest is in its 13th year. This charity event is designed for visitors to vote on their favorite trees with dollar bills in collection bins next to the trees. Each tree is assigned a charity. All money raised is provided directly to the charity. The top three winners with the most votes/money receive an additional "bonus" from the Crescent Hotel Family.

2020 Charity Participants include:

  • American Diabetes Association

  • Autism Speaks

  • Bereaved Parents of the USA NWA Chapter

  • Camp No Limits

  • Clear Springs School

  • Cup of Love Ministry

  • Dyslexia

  • Endometriosis Foundation

  • ECHO

  • Eureka Springs Boy Scouts

  • Eureka Springs Community Center

  • Eureka Springs Library

  • Eureka Springs School of Arts (ESSA)

  • Five & Dime Collective

  • Flint St Food Bank

  • Good Shepard Humane Society

  • House of Hope

  • Imagination Library

  • Innocence Project

  • Jeremiah House

  • Loaves & Fishes

  • Main Street Eureka Springs

  • Melonlight Studios

  • People Helping People

  • Tenderheart Rescue

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • Pay it Forward

  • The Ornery One

  • The Purple Flower

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

  • Women’s Foundation The Annual Christmas Tree Forest will remain on the East Lawn of the Crescent Hotel for display through January 1st, 2021. Check it out! Merry Christmas!

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