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The Holiday Season Glimmers in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, undergoes a magical transformation during the holiday season. The air is filled with a sense of wonder, and the quaint streets of our charming town take on a Dickensian charm that will truly transport you back in time. Christmas in Eureka Springs!

We are one of those delightful, magical destinations that truly glimmers during Christmas time. The winding streets of our Historic District are beautifully decorated and town truly comes to life with shimmering, blinking lights each evening all throughout this season.

Downtown with our historic courthouse as the centerpiece, is a sight to behold. Twinkling lights dance in the trees, creating a mesmerizing canopy that seems to shine with the spirit of the season. Carolers dressed in period costumes serenade passersby with timeless holiday classics, their voices echoing through the streets, evoking a sense of camaraderie and unity.

Really, it's magic! You know those little Christmas villages displayed on the mantle during the holidays? That’s us!

Eureka! You Found It!

We're that real-life town nestled here in the Ozarks. So, while you are looking at your little village perched there on your mantle, you're likely looking at what Eureka Springs, Arkansas, looks like during the holiday season.

A true holiday destination, our cozy, friendly mountain village sparkles with brightly lit Victorian gingerbread houses all across town.

Please come visit us here in Eureka Springs and consider participating in some of the memorable holiday events:

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November 25, 2023

Do all of your Christmas shopping and support our local businesses while strolling the streets of downtown Eureka Springs on Shop Small Saturday - November 25, 2023.


December 1, 2023, Downtown, 6 p.m.

The holiday season in Eureka Springs begins with the much-anticipated Parade of Lights Christmas Parade. Santa and his elves travel through the beautifully decorated downtown streets with floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights.


December 2, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm

A not-to-be-missed walking tour of a sampling of Eureka’s most beautifully restored homes 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 to relate the history of each home.

The Christmas Tour of Homes, offers a unique opportunity to step inside some of Eureka Springs’ beautiful Victorian homes; all brightly lit and decorated for the season. This tour is curated and hosted by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society.


Each year at the beautiful Crescent Hotel, dozens of trees are uniquely decorated to create an illuminated Christmas forest. Each tree represents a different local Eureka Springs’ charity. Vote for your favorite sparkling tree. The Holiday Tree Forest is a feature, each year at Holiday Time, on the lawn of the Crescent Hotel, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres. An event to raise money for local charities, the annual Christmas forest is a community-wide decoration event that allows votes/collections with all money raised going directly to the charity with the top three vote-getters receiving an additional bonus from the Crescent and Basin Park Family. The Christmas Forest will remain on the East Lawn of the Crescent Hotel for display through January 1st. Join us for the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd at 6pm.

December 10, 2023

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa welcomes a special guest during this holiday breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room. The Grinch will make his appearance from 10:00am-11:00am. Surprise the kids with green eggs and ham while parents can enjoy our scrumptious buffet. Perfect for a family photo. Reserve your spot here.

Come start the winter weekends off with us at Christmas Village on Center Street! Come celebrate with us in downtown Eureka Springs every Thursday from the last Thursday in November through Christmas! Our village will be a delightful gathering spot with live music, a photo selfie station, a firepit and, of course, lots of Christmas decorations!

For those seeking an even more immersive experience, consider staying in one of our town's many charming bed and breakfasts. These cozy establishments offer an authentic taste of Victorian hospitality, complete with period furnishings and warm, welcoming hosts.

In Eureka Springs, the holiday season isn't just a time of year; it's a journey through time. The Dickensian atmosphere, the Victorian architecture, and the warm embrace of the community come together to create an experience that will leave you with cherished memories for years to come. So, if you're yearning for a holiday steeped in tradition and enchantment, make your way to Eureka Springs, and let the magic of the season unfold before you.

Merry Christmas from Eureka Springs, Arkansas!


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