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Christmastime at the Crescent Hotel

Christmastime at The Crescent Hotel has become one of the region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Truly the happiest time of year for families to gather and Lifetime Memories to be Captured,  the hotel has a full schedule of activities for visitors, residents, and guests.  All dressed up for the season, the hotel provides a festive backdrop for making holiday memories and capturing family photos. Guests will enjoy themed holiday events with activities like the Christmas Forest Lighting,  holiday arts & crafts, cookies at bedtime, and a firepit marshmallow roast.  Santa is here, but so is Grinch. A Spooky Twist on A Christmas Carol is a thrill but no worries there is sweetness at the Gingerbread House and heartwarming stories with Mrs. Claus by the fire.  Christmas begins on the first week of December and runs until the Ice Rink Opens New Years' Week. 

Christmas in Eureka Springs Arkansas at the Crescent Hotel

East Lawn Christmas Tree Forest 

Saturday, December 3rd at 6 pm for the lighting of the trees. FREE - Open to the Public. 

Head to the back porch and see more than 30 trees adorned with holiday cheer and charity in their heart.  Located on the the hotel's East Lawn, each tree is uniquely decorated for a different local and area charity.  Guests vote for your favorite tree until December 31st.  Each tree's "votes" plus a little extra from the hotel will be donated to that charity.  The Christmas Forest has raised over $40,000 since its inception. 

Holiday Activities at the Crescent Hotel

Holly Jolly Painting Party & Cheer

December 16th
Celebrate the holidays with a Holly Jolly Painting Party & Holiday Cheer. 

Join experienced long-time art teacher, Jessica Cummings, for a fun night full of laughs, paints, and drinks! You will head home with new friends and a gorgeous one-of-a-kind work of art to be proud of.  $40 per person, painting supplies & 2 glasses of wine included. Starts at 6PM.  

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 Breakfast Buffet with Santa Claus

Sunday, December 4th
No Christmas is complete without a visit from Santa Claus.  Photos with Santa are a Crescent tradition. Santa's Breakfast will be held in our beautiful Crystal Dining Room from 10 am to 12 pm, featuring a wide variety of sweet and savory breakfast favorites. Whether naughty or nice, everyone will enjoy holiday tunes of Kurt Hunter.  Reserve your table by paying in advance 

Adults $15.95
Children $9.95     5 and Under Free

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Green Eggs & Grinch Breakfast   

Saturday, December 10th 
There is a visitor during this holiday Breakfast as The Grinch will make his appearance 10 AM-11 AM.  Surprise the kids with green eggs and ham while parents can enjoy our scrumptious buffet.  Perfect for a Family Photo. Reserve your table by paying in advance 


Gingerbread House Making

December 15th-17th & 27th-29th
Meet in the lobby to join our hotel baker for a fun and interactive decorating tradition! Choose from different design options to create either holiday-themed gingerbread cookies or help complete the lobby gingerbread house.  Everyone takes a gingerbread snack back to their room. 

Teddy Bear Tea 

Sunday, December 18th 
Make a Lifetime Memory when you join us for our 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Tea. The Crystal Dining Room at the 1886 Crescent Hotel is the perfect setting for an enchanting holiday celebration. Guests are invited to savor a child-friendly tea menu and hot cocoa. Designed for young guests and their families. We encourage guests to bring their favorite Teddy Bear or doll to share tea with. Each paid adult admission includes one child admission.

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Candy Cane Hunt & Toy Drive  

Saturday, December 17th

Step aside as dozens of kids enjoy the annual Candy Cane Hunt at the Crescent Hotel.  Similar fun to the Easter Egg Hunt, this search happens indoors and ends when all the candy canes are found. Each age group will have its own areas for the hunt. Starting at 3PM. 

Participants are asked to bring a Toy for Tots or reserve a $5 donation voucher in advance.  All proceeds to charity

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Sleigh Rides & Stories by the Fireplace 

Fri & Sat in December from 5PM-7PM.  Christmas week - New Years offered Daily. Enjoy a Sleighride through the lights of Eureka Springs.  First come first serve.

Stories by the Fireplace 
Kids will Snuggle by the lobby fireplace to hear one of our favorite Christmas Stories read by Mrs.Claus. December 13, 21 & 22nd


Real Ice Skating Rink

Tentatively Opening December 26th
The only location in Arkansas to skate on a truly frozen pond is at the Crescent Hotel & Spa.
So many laughs, so many spills. Learn to Skate, Slide a Curling Rock, Enjoy a warm campfire and tasty s'mores while others slide around on the ice.
Lifetime Memories are made on the frozen pond. 

Weather dependent, the rink is expected to open in the last week of December or the first week in January.

Open Thursday - Sunday through February

Holiday Lights for Family Photos

All Month Long in December

Thousands of lights come alive around the grounds of the Crescent Hotel.  Lighted pathways take you through the gardens, to the Christmas Tree Forest (backside of hotel) with fun memorable family photo backdrops.  Explore the Trail! Follow the Crescent Trail (front of hotel) down into the valley of Glennwood Hollow and take your 2023 Family portrait at the Glenwood arbor.  

For All Daily Activities

Christmastime at the Crescent Hotel is filled with many daily activities in addition to these special events. 

Cookies and Milk in the evenings, Game Room, Smores around the Campfire, yoga or fitness, hatchet throwing, Shot of the day, Wine tastings,  watercolor class, hot pool, spa after hours, and more. 

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