It is time for your family to start a new tradition

Traditions change with time and sometimes time changes a tradition.  But for the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa one thing has not changed.  During the proud 132-year history of this “symbol of Arkansas hospitality” families have come to rely on The Crescent as the place to make holiday season lifetime memories.  That is why families flock here to this mountaintop spa resort, a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, every year from Thanksgiving through New Years for family reunions and informal gatherings of sort.

“We started coming to the Crescent Hotel during the holiday season several years ago for a mini-winter vacation and to enjoy such novelties as the great shopping and seeing the lights that sparkle throughout this Victorian village,” said one family patriarch.  “Then three years ago we decided that it would be a great idea to invite the whole family, immediate and extended, to join us for a holiday reunion.  The memories we now make here every year are the best gifts we can share… and they require no batteries.  Plus we always make it back to our individual homes for Christmas day and our own hometown scheduled events.”

The overwhelming trend has been that families travel to Eureka Springs each year especially for the Eureka Springs Christmas Festival2018 dates of November 30 through December 2– featuring signature events like the Historic Downtown Christmas Parade, and the Preservation Society’s Annual Historic Holiday Homes Tour.  Many families will extend their visit beyond those dates to include the holiday celebration of “Christmas at The Crescent” that runs December 2 through 9.  Some stay even longer.

The Holidays wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a little outside ice skating, hot chocolate, games and outdoor fire pit to gather your family and friends around.  Crescent Ice Skating Rink will be opening during December thru January.  Check daily resort activities for further info. crescent family holiday deal

 

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Some of this year’s holiday season activities slated for this National Register of Historic Places community include:

  • Shop Small Saturday November 24th 2:30 – 4:30.  Basin Spring Park
    Momandpop will be playing, Santa will be available for Santa Selfie’s
    and the first 100 people will receive a local retail, dining or spa gift certificate and Shop Small Bag! Basin Park Christmas tree lighting to follow.
  • Annual Christmas Parade of Lights… Eureka Springs’ only nighttime parade with floats, bands and spectacular lights winding through the streets of Historic Downtown. Friday, November 30, 6 p.m.
  • Annual Tour of Homes… tour some of Eureka Springs’ finest preserved homes decorated for the season. Saturday, December 1, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Christmas Forest Tree Lighting… more than 30 trees brilliantly decorated by local charities come alive with the flip of one switch with caroling and refreshments. Saturday, December 1, 6 p.m. in Crescent Park adjacent to the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
  • Santa’s Brunch… a room full of great holiday treats to eat and chance to meet Santa up-close and personally. Sunday, December 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Crystal Dining Room of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
  • A Night of Merry Making December 8th 5-8PM-Free Fun for the Whole Family,
    Caroling in Basin Spring Park with momandpop at 5PM, Living Windows including Living Art Exhibit 5-8PM, Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt 5-8, Snow, Street Theater & More throughout this spectacular night of shopping downtown!
  • Annual Silver Tea… coffee, tea and light snacks served from the finest silver to benefit a local charity. Thursday, December 6, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Crystal Dining Room of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
  • View Full Eureka Springs Christmas Schedule

For more information regarding holiday activities and lodging packages, one may visit <crescenthotel.com>.

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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.