How to Plan the Best Eureka Springs Christmas Time Getaway

You know those little Christmas villages displayed on the mantle during the holidays? That’s exactly what Eureka Springs, Arkansas, looks like during Christmas time. A true holiday destination, the Victorian mountain village sparkles with brightly lit homes that resemble real-life gingerbread houses. Cheerful parades dance down the streets, shops overflow with lovely gifts, and nippy air kisses everyone’s cheeks. A Eureka Springs Christmas getaway is one you’ll never forget! Fill your Christmas itinerary with the events below, and then take a look at our free Vacation Guide for more things to do in town.  

The Best Eureka Springs Christmas Time Events

Throughout December, Eureka Springs hosts a number of festive events that will put you in the Christmas spirit! Discover our favorite Eureka Springs Christmas events below. Be sure to add a few of the best Eureka Springs restaurants and bars to your itinerary, too! 

Parade of Lights Christmas Parade

The holiday season in Eureka Springs begins with the much-anticipated Parade of Lights Christmas Parade. Santa and his elves travel through our decorated downtown streets along with floats, bands, and thousands of twinkling lights.

The Candlelight Tour of Homes

On the Christmas Tour of Homes, see a picturesque display of Eureka Springs’ beautiful Victorian homes brightly lit and decorated for the season. The self-guided tour is hosted by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society and takes place each year in early December.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Each year at the beautiful Crescent Hotel, dozens of trees are uniquely decorated to create an illuminated Christmas forest. Each tree represents a different local Eureka Springs’ charity. Vote for your favorite of the sparkling trees, which are the focal point of the hotel during the holiday season.

Christmas at the Crescent Hotel Events

In addition to the dazzling forest of adorned Christmas trees, the Crescent Hotel hosts a number of holiday events. You can enjoy a delicious holiday brunch feast with Santa or hear spooky Christmas ghost stories while you sit by the fire.

The Spring Street Night Market

Do all of your Christmas shopping while strolling the streets of downtown Eureka Springs at the Spring Street Night Market! For one evening in December, our downtown streets come alive as local artists, craftsmen, and vendors set up delightful holiday market stalls full of gifts and treasures to take back home with you. 

Night of a Thousand Santas

Find your best white beard and bright red coat and join hundreds of other Santas for a Christmas-themed bar crawl beginning in Basin Spring Park. Play the Reindeer Games at participating bars for chances to win prizes along the way! You can purchase Night of a Thousand Santas tickets online.

Book your Stay in a Cozy Cabin

bed in a beaver lake cottage suite

At Beaver Lake Cottages, your Christmas getaway awaits. Our charming lakeside cabins provide the perfect setting for a cozy holiday retreat. Curl up by the fireplace with a hot cocoa or unwind in a steaming Jacuzzi bath for two. If snuggling in your favorite pajamas sounds better than braving the chilly weather, relax fireside while our private chef prepares a delicious, gourmet meal for you. To make your holiday getaway extra special, add one of our indulgent packages to your stay.

Have the Eureka Springs Christmas of a lifetime at Beaver Lake Cottages! Check the availability of all our accommodations and book your stay today. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!