Christmas Tree Forest Winners 2018

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Announces: 2018 “Christmas Forest” Winners

 The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is all about tradition.  One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas At The Crescent Celebration was the “growing” of the “Christmas Forest”, an effort to raise money for local and area charities.  In the past 10 years this forest has now harvested nearly $50,000 in local area charitable contributions.

“This town, this region, this state have provided such a wonderful environment for our hotel’s success, it is only right that we, the Crescent and Basin Park Hotels, always give something back.  It is our way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both properties.  “It was a win-win proposition.  We had our mountaintop covered in lighted Christmas trees beautifully decorated by local citizens and employees which created a magical setting through which couples and families could stroll and be immersed in the holiday spirit of decoration and giving.  And, it gave those who enjoyed the forest an opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas’ with donations to a charity whose tree they liked the best.”

“The concept is quite simple,” Moyer explained.  “On or about Thanksgiving each year, we purchase, plus have donated, around 30 or more real evergreen trees.  The hotel places them on our property adorning each with lights.  Charities then come in, usually represented in part by one or more of our employees, and decorate their tree as festively as possible.  And what an amazing job they do each year.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous.

“We illuminate the Christmas Forest on the first Saturday night in December.  From that day thru December 31, those who come to the forest and wish to ‘vote’ for their favorite tree do so by dropping in the ‘ballot box’ one dollar for each vote they would like to cast.  On New Year’s Day, the votes are counted.  Each charity gets all of their ‘votes’ plus the Crescent kicks in cash prizes for the top three vote getters, $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and an honorable mention donation of $25 to all of the other charities.  Shortly thereafter the stripped trees are donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they become ‘cat toys’ for their big cats.”

Those charities that took top honors this year are Imagination Library in first place with $3,830 in votes, OARS (Ozark AIDS Resources & Services) in second place with $2,344, and Project Self Esteem in third place with $1,022.

“Twenty-nine other charities received honorable mention recognition,” said Mary Howze, the hotel’s activities director.  “They include American Diabetes Association, Autism Speaks, Camp No Limits, Carroll County Music Group, Clear Spring School, Creative Minds of St. James, Dobby Drive, Dyslexia, ECHO (Eureka Christian Health Outreach), Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Community Center, Flint Street Food Bank, Good Shepherd Humane Society, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Many Ways, Heifer International, Jeremiah House, Loaves & Fishes, Main Stage, Main Street Eureka Springs, Melonlite Teen Perform, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy of Arkansas, NWA Sheep Dog Impact, PEO Sisterhood, People Helping People, Preservation Society, Purple Flower, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.”

“This was yet another record year for donations,” Moyer concluded.  “With all of the votes added to our additional cash prizes, local area charities netted a Christmas present of $10,270 which pushed our ten-year total to more than $50,000.  Ya see, sometimes money really does grow on trees.”

“Christmas At The Crescent” in Eureka Springs

christmas at the crescentChristmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s week-long schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 1 through December 7 located at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

“When we first started this holiday week back in 2000, it consisted of a decorated lobby and live Nativity scene which suffered not much of an impact crowd-wise due to 10 inches of snow that fell the day before we populated our Bethlehem stable,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “And now, on the other end of the spectrum is this year’s expanded decorations throughout the interior and exterior of the hotel.  These include the adding of red and green spotlights running up the limestone sides of our five-story landmark hotel, and the conversion of our Fountain Garden into the Crescent’s new Winter Wonderland.”“Our landscaping team has constructed both a 30-foot illuminated Christmas tree and huge illuminated presents,” Moyer added.  “This brilliant holiday ensemble is a festive accent to our adjacent outdoor ice-skating rink making its popular return engagement from last year.  Also added for 2018 is an illuminated tunnel of lights leading guests from our Winter Wonderland to our East Lawn, site of our Christmas Forest.”

The lighting of the Crescent Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. has become a popular community event.  More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  Each dollar donated to a specific tree counts as one vote.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

santa's brunch

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 2 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  This holiday breakfast feast is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3-5, the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room swings open its doors for hungry lunch patrons and musical groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Representing all of Carroll County this year are the Green Forest Chamber Choir on Monday; the Eureka Springs Highlander Band and Choir on Tuesday; and on Wednesday, the Berryville High School Vocal Image, the Berryville Intermediate Bobcat Honor Choir, and the Berryville Elementary Choir.

On Wednesday evening, the Crescent will again host the Annual Holiday Community Dinner, this year benefitting the Writers’ Colony.  This casual, family-style meal welcomes the entire community to come and share delicious holiday fare while helping out this worthwhile local organization.  The meal begins at 6 p.m.

Other evening events will take place in the hotel’s Faculty Lounge Theater and will feature noted storyteller, Keith Scales.  He will be regaling a selection of Christmas ghost stories during his performance of “Frightfully Festive” on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights, December 2, 3 and 5.  On the evenings of December 4 and 6, same time/same place, he will be presenting “The Funny Side of The Ozarks” with lively tales of the area.  All performances begin at 9 p.m.

An afternoon event, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, will mark its fifty-second year on Thursday, December 6.  The Annual Silver Tea will see the ladies of the church, dressed in period costumes, serving up tea and coffee from polished silver sets in the Crystal Dining Room while offering up a plethora of holiday edibles.  The event takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 and a charitable donation from each guest at the door is greatly appreciated.crescent ice skatingWeather permitting, the highly popular Crescent Ice-Skating Rink will welcome skaters for its official re-opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night starting on Sunday, December 2.  Friday, December 7, night’s open skate will feature the “Friday Night Fun Kick-Off with Santa” celebration from 5 to 6 in hotel’s Winter Wonderland.

Eureka Springs’ Five and Dime Players take the stage in the hotel’s Conservatory on Friday night, December 7 for their presentation of a live Holiday Radio Show.  Ticket holders will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 6 o’clock with the “curtain” going up at 7 for 90 minutes of seasonal fun and songs.

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information, go to ChristmasAtTheCrescent.com.

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Santa’s Brunch

santa's brunchSanta arrives at The Crescent Hotel on Sunday, December 2nd where he is the star attraction at the 19th annual Santa’s Brunch, held in his honor.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite to rival Santa and your favorite camera (don’t forget the kids).  While eating to their heart’s delight guests also get a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a last chance to nudge a good present and convince him you were not one of the naughty one’s, while you family can capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Of course brunch is “up a notch” even from its well known status of “the Best Brunch in the Ozarks” and holiday music entertains the crowd.

Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for just the right shot but be sure to arrive between 11a.m. and 1 p.m. to not miss the opportunity.

Santa’s Brunch 2018
8 am to 1pm
Cost is $19.95 per Adult $7.95 children 6-12 and 5 and under free
Call for Reservations: 877-342-9766
The Menu will feature: 
Full Breakfast Offerings, Action Station, Carved Prime Rib, Salad and Dessert offerings,  Sausage, Frittata, Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Potatoes, just like our typical Saturday and Sunday Fare now.

“Christmas At The Crescent” Celebrates 16th Year

 A series of events that has become holiday tradition here will celebrate its sixteenth year beginning December 1 at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. “Christmas At The Crescent”, a multi-day Yule festival, was started in 2001 by this Historic Hotel of America as an effort to extend Eureka Springs’ tourism season. It must have worked since Arkansas’ “extraordinary escape” community has become one of the region’s most popular holiday destinations by thousands of visitors annually.

The 2016 “Christmas At The Crescent” includes the following:
>Thursday, December 1Annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the St. James Episcopal Churchwomen; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Crystal Ballroom
>Saturday, December 3Annual Christmas Forest Tree Lighting, dozens of trees decorated by local charities and available for viewing and “voting” through December 31; 6:00 p.m.; East Lawn.
>Sunday, December 4Santa’s Brunch, a chance to bring the family for a sumptuous brunch buffet and an opportunity to sit in the lap of Ol’ Saint Nick; 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Crystal Ballroom.
>Monday, December 5Themed Breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room. Holiday Activity; 10:00 a.m. (Lobby/Concierge Desk). Berryville 5th grade intermediate school  Christmas Concert; 12:00 noon; Crystal Ballroom. Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant with Peter Maiella.
>Tuesday, December 6Themed Breakfast.  Holiday Activity; 10:00 (Lobby/Concierge Desk.) 2:00 pm Afternoon Activity: Festive Afternoon Tea. Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant with the Holiday Island Singers.
>Wednesday, December 7Themed Breakfast. Holiday Activity 10:00 a.m. (Lobby/Concierge Desk.) Holiday concert with the Eureka School band at Noon, in the Crystal Ballroom.
>Thursday, December 8Themed Breakfast.  Holiday Activity; 10:00 a.m. (Lobby/Concierge Desk.) 2:00 pm Afternoon Activity: Festive Afternoon Tea. Evening “Sounds Of The Season”; 6:30 p.m. (dinner service 5:00-9:00 p.m.); Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
>Friday, December 9Themed Breakfast.  Holiday Activity; 10:00 a.m. (Lobby/Concierge Desk.) 2:00 pm Afternoon Activity: Holiday Culinary Experience, creating a drunken fruit cake with the Crescent Chef. Evening Holiday Entertainment; Crystal Dining Room Restaurant from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Illumination of the Christmas Forest and Santa's Brunch... two big events of the 2016 "Christmas At The Crescent" celebration, December 1-9 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, AR.

Illumination of the Christmas Forest and Santa’s Brunch… two big events of the 2016 “Christmas At The Crescent” celebration, December 1-9 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, AR.

Christmas at the Crescent Week

December 3rd-11th 2015

Christmastime at the Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa’s week long schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent.”  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 3rd through December 11th which is part of the full Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s Christmas Festival in town.

View the Christmas at the Crescent Week long events, click here.

View the Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s Christmas Festival calendar, click here.

Christmas at the Crescent

“Christmas At The Crescent” Has
Become Eureka Springs Tradition

Christmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.

Christmas Eve-The 1886 Steakhouse will be open for dinner service from 5:30pm-9pm.View Menu.

Christmas Day-Breakfast will be served from 8am-10am.

Christmas Day Feast-Will be served from 11am-3pm.  $24.95 per person. Call for reservations: 479-253-9652

Sky Bar Gourmet Pizzeria will be open Christmas Day serving regular menu from 6pm-8pm.  View Menu.

Part of that tradition is the Christmas at the Crescent Week.

“When we first started this annual event 14 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer. “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time. So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m. More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn. Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree. At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity. Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 7 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch. The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera. While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory. Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast. Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast. This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 9th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Reservations are recommended since seating is limited. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

Thursday night, December 11th will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” is planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state. Reservations are not required.

Christmas at the Crescent concludes with the Spring Street stroll down Eureka Springs’ Promenade from the Crescent Hotel to Crescent Spring and an event ONLY to beheld in 2014 as the Crescent celebrates a “Spirited Wedding Celebration” in the Christmas forest on 12-13-14.

“One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.

Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time Downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

“The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said. “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 5th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events. So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.”

>1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s

weeklong schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”. This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 6 through December 14 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop. It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.
“When we first started this annual event 14 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer. “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time. So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”
One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m. More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn. Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.
“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree. At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity. Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.
Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 7 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch. The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera. While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory. Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast. Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.
For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast. This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 9th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Reservations are recommended since seating is limited. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.
Thursday night, December 11th will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” is planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state. Reservations are not required.
“One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.
Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time Downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.
“The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said. “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 5th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events. So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”
“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.
For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.

Christmas at the Crescent

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“Christmas At The Crescent” Has

Become Eureka Springs Tradition

 Christmas time at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s week longCHF_8859 schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 7 through December 13 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

            “When we first started this annual event 13 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

            One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.  More than 30 trees willDSC_0030 adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

            “Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

            Also on Saturday Night from 3 – 8 PM, the Crescent Hotel will participate in the annual Preservation Tour of Homes by opening up the iconic Manor house of Lookout Cottages Estate.  The Preservation Tour of Homes, often attended by over 2,000 visitor helps to fund preservation efforts around Eureka Springs including last year’s benefactor, Crescent Spring.

            Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 8 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights areDSC_0095 a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

            For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A ChristmasPhoto by Purdy Art Co. Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 10th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

            Thursday night, December 12th  will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” isPhoto by Purdy Art Co. planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

             “One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.esxmasparade

            Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

                        “The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 6th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events.  So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.