Christmastime at the Crescent Hotel

Holiday Traditions and Festive Delights

Experience the magic of Christmastime at The Crescent Hotel, a cherished winter holiday tradition since 1886. This enchanting season is filled with joyous gatherings and opportunities to create timeless memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.  Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as the hotel transforms into a festive wonderland, providing the perfect backdrop for capturing those special family moments. HOLIDAY RATES: Discounted 15- 30%. Kids under 12 Eat Breakfast for Free! (Offer available to in house guests only. Excludes Holidays and Special Event Brunches.)

Holiday Events at the Crescent Hotel

Holiday Hangout

The Top of the Crest Holiday Hangout is Open Daily from 4pm to 8pm! Bring your family for a festive, jolly atmosphere with food and holiday themed drinks!

East Lawn Christmas Tree Forest

Saturday, December 2nd for the Lighting of the Trees

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.

Breakfast with Santa Claus

Sunday, December 3rd

Capture the moment with Santa’s Breakfast in the Crystal Dining Room, 10 am – 12 pm. Indulge in a delectable spread of both sweet and savory breakfast favorites.

Green Eggs & Grinch Breakfast

Saturday, December 9th

Prepare for an Extra Special Holiday Breakfast! Join us from 10am to 12pm for a surprise guest appearance by none other than The Grinch himself. Delight the kids with whimsical green eggs and ham, while parents savor our delectable buffet spread.   Reserve your seat by calling 855-725-5720. 

Gingerbread House Making

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.

Dec 14-16 & 26-28.

Teddy Bear Tea

Sunday, December 17th

Make a Lifetime Memory when you join us for our 3nd Annual Teddy Bear Tea.  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.

After the Tea, Kids can enjoy a fun Pony Ride. A photo memory to last! Buy Tickets

Candy Cane Hunt & Toy Drive

Saturday, December 16th

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 area for the hunt. Starting at 3 p.m.

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

Sleigh Rides & Stories by the Fireplace

Fri & Sat in December from 5PM-7PM. 20 min rides. 

Christmas week: New Years offered daily. Enjoy a sleigh ride 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. 12/8 & 12/21 7PM.

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.

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

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.

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, s’mores around the campfire, yoga or fitness, history & haunted room tours, craft beer & wine tastings, watercolor class, hot pool, spa after hours, and more.

Paint Your Own Ornament

Experience the joy of the season at our Painting Party with a Splash of Holiday Cheer! Join the talented and seasoned art teacher, Jessica Cummings, for an evening brimming with laughter, creativity, and refreshments. As you unleash your artistic flair, you’ll not only leave with a beautifully crafted ornament but also with newfound friends. The $35 admission covers all painting supplies and includes two glasses of wine, ensuring a delightful and festive atmosphere.