Christmas Festival


The 2018 Eureka Springs Christmas Festival returns to Eureka Springs with it's signature events such as the Parade of Homes and the Illuminated Stroll the Springs, Our Annual Christmas Night Parade, Night of a Thousand Santas, sales, tours, Downtown Living Windows, Christmas at the Crescent events and beautiful decorations that delight crowds.

You will live a Victorian Christmas by stepping into beautifully decorated homes on the Annual Tour of Homes, hear Grammy Award winning musician John Two Hawks play an annual Christmas concert in The Auditorium in the heart of downtown, or shop all day and relax with a glass of wine at a wine bar or dine in luxury.


Shopping in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is like stepping into a Christmas card and finding the perfect gifts for your whole family. Transport yourself and your family to a fun, festive holiday season where joy is sprinkled in every step as you walk through the downtown shopping district. You will discover shops that look like they were decorated by Santa's elves and find gifts that can't be found anywhere else in the world.

If you are tired of shopping at the mall and burnt out on online shopping at big box stores; it's the perfect time to support Main Street America and the independent retailers of Eureka Springs who make rediscovering the magic of the holiday season in Eureka Springs a cherished memory.

Whether you are traveling with your spouse to kiss under the mistletoe in our romantic setting, with girl friends to shop until you drop and relax in the spas, or with your whole family you will get recharged with the holiday spirit that abounds down the hills and sparkles in the springs! Make your plans today to explore Eureka Springs during the holidays.

Don't Miss These Great Events!

Friday, November 30th

Christmas Parade of Lights
6 PM
One of Eureka’s favorite parades.  This evening’s Parade of Lights rolls at 6:00PM through the beautifully decorated downtown streets with floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights.  Start your holiday season in Eureka.  The theme for 2018 is TBD.


Saturday, December 1st

Santa in the Park
1 - 3 PM @ Basin Spring Park
Give your Christmas List to Santa and grab a photo op!  This hometown Christmas fun is brought to you by the Eureka Springs Fire Department.

36th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes
3 - 8 PM
A 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 docents to relate the history of each home. Visitors will be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along their journey into the past. Visit www.eurekaspringspreservationsociety.org for 2018 details and ticket info.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
6 PM @ The Crescent Hotel
More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated, each representing a different charity. Vote for your favorite tree! Contest ends on December 31st.  Each tree's "votes" will be donated to that charity.  Additionally the top 3 vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel. 

John Two Hawks Holiday Concert
7 - 9 PM @ the Aud
John Two-Hawks is a GRAMMY® and Emmy nominated, Platinum Award Winning recording artist whose music has been featured in movies by Fox Searchlight, films by HBO, and programs by The History Channel. Two-Hawks is a bona fide Native American Flute Music visionary and pioneer who was among the first to introduce the Indigenous Flute to the world decades ago. From the beginning he demanded the highest standards of excellence. As a result Two-Hawks has taken his signature brand of high caliber Native American Flute music into places it has never been, brought it to millions who had never heard it before, and elevated it to a place of equal billing and respect in the world of music.

Sunday, December 2nd

Santa's Sunday Brunch at the Crescent Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom - Brunch served from 10 AM - 1 PM
Call for reservations: 479-253-9652. Santa will arrive for photos from 11am-1PM. $27.95 per person. 


Monday, December 3rd

Themed Breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room 
Noon (meet in lobby at concierge's desk) - Holiday Performance by Green Forest Chamber Choir in the Crystal Dining Room.
Ice Skating between 5 PM and 8 PM. 
Frightfully Festive at 9 PM. Selection of Christmas Ghost Stories especially chosen for our seasonal visitors. Location: 4th floor Faculty Lounge.


Tuesday, December 4th

Holiday Performance by The Highlander's Band and Choir in the Crystal Dining Room. At Noon
Ice Skating between 5 PM and 8 PM. 
The Funny Side of the Ozarks - Lively Tails told by a master storyteller. At 9 PM in the 4th floor Faculty Lounge.


Wednesday, December 5th

Noon: Holiday Performance by The Berryville Highschool Vocal Club, Berryville
Intermediate Bobcat Honor Choir & Berryville Choir in the Crystal Dining Room.
Ice Skating between 5 PM and 8 PM. 
Community Dinner - at 6 PM. Benefiting the Writer's Colony in the Crystal Dining Room. $15 per person.
Frightfully Festive - at 9 PM. Selection of Christmas Ghost Stories especially chosen for our seasonal visitors. Location: 4th floor Faculty Lounge. 


Thursday, December 6th

Annual Silver Tea at the Crescent Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom. 1:30PM - 3:30PM: 
Ice Skating between 5 PM and 8 PM. 
The Funny Side of the Ozarks - Lively Tails told by a master storyteller. At 9 PM in the 4th floor Faculty Lounge.


Friday, December 7th

Five & Dime Players Holiday Radio Show- at 6 PM. A Live performance in the Crescent Hotel Conservatory. $20 per person. Ticket includes Hors d' Oeuvres and show. Cash bar available. The Five and Dime Drama Collective is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization established to provide opportunities for emerging performance authors to see their works presented to live audiences and to receive feedback needed to further develop their artistic vision. The Collective works collaboratively with playwrights, actors and other theater enthusiasts to develop scripts that are thought-provoking and entertaining. Buy Tickets Saturday, December 8th

Living Windows Downtown Eureka Springs - between 5 PM and 8 PM. 
Downtown shop windows come alive... Christmas fun is brought to you by the Main Street Eureka Springs team to make shopping in Eureka Springs a little more cheerful!

Night of a Thousand Santas - between 5 PM and 11 PM.
Meet at Chelsea's and stroll along with Santa’s of all stripes throughout downtown to Reindeer Games at local pubs! Cost is $10 to play along. Play along with the ActionBound app to win prizes! Tickets Here.


Saturday, December 8th

Nothing scheduled at this time.