It’s our favorite weekend of the year and it all begins this Friday, December 2nd. You don’t want to miss a minute of this weekend. Be sure to arrive in Eureka Springs early enough to check in to your room before the festivities begin. As a guest of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast you will leave The Peabody House with a portable cup of steaming hot chocolate to sip on your way to the festivities.
Stroll down Spring Street, which is magical with Christmas lights and decorations at all of the Springs and the Victorian Homes. Even the stores are participating with Living Christmas Windows from 3PM until parade time at 6PM.
The evening parade is unlike any you have ever seen. It’s an electric parade—maybe not like Disneyland—but it has a lot of personality—Eureka style. There will be dozens of floats created by our merchants, schools and groups of individuals that get together to express their joy of the season. Several marching bands from surrounding towns have joined the celebration over the years. The parade really demonstrates what a warm-hearted community we live in.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 is the Christmas Tour of Homes from 3PM-8PM. Each year a number of the Victorian Homes open their doors for the Christmas Tour of Homes. The trolleys shuttle people from the designated parking area to the beginning of the tour. There you can stroll from one home to another where guides dressed in Victorian finery tell you about the history of each home. And of course, along the way there is always a place to stop and enjoy some Christmas cookies.
Tickets are available at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Village Circle, 479-253-8737), the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (95 South Main Street, 479-253-9417), or conveniently online! Advance sale tickets are $15; day of tour, $20. Take a minute and watch this video of previous Christmas Tour of Homes.
The month of May is all about art in Eureka Springs in all its many forms.
The May Arts Festival kicked off with the ArtRageous Parade the first weekend of the month. This artful and sometimes outrageous parade rolled through downtown Eureka Springs featuring colorful floats, walkers, bands looking ArtRageous as only Eureka can. Winner of the best costume award went to Mark Hughes of Regalia as “Butterfly Boy.” Glad we didn’t have to vote…as you can see there were some incredible costumes.
Tomorrow evening, Friday, May 20th is the White Street Studio Walk.
White Street, on the upper historic loop has a number of artists that welcome you into their homes and studios to view their newest creations. There will be more than forty guest artists who will be set up in homes, studios, on porches and on the street. It’s a giant block party honoring Eureka Springs Artisans from 4PM until 10PM.
Saturday evenings in May the major Art Galleries are open from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoy refreshments and talk with their featured artist.
All month from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM The Queen Anne Mansion is featuring a fabulous show featuring local artists. You can tour the renovated Queen Anne Mansion and then go downstairs to the gallery space in the garden level of the building. You will feel like you have stepped into a world-class art exhibit. There are works from 50 painters, photographers, wood workers and sculptors on display. You will be amazed to see the quality and breadth of art from the local artists here in Eureka Springs. We can guarantee you will be impressed with the quality of artistic talent in this tiny quirky town in the heart of the Ozarks.
Eureka Springs for the holidays. All year long we tell our guests at The Peabody House about this weekend. It’s filled with Eureka magic and holiday cheer. All of us look forward to the first weekend in December.
The festivities start Friday, December 3 from 3:00-5:30PM when area residents dressed in period costumes become “living mannequins” and step into the local merchants windows. It’s like looking at a living post card in every window.
At dusk the lights begin to turn on and you get a true sense of real holiday spirit. It appears people are ready to celebrate the season as there are a lot of lights all over town this year.
At 6PM the annual Christmas Parade begins to make it’s way down Spring Street. Our guests leave The Peabody for the parade bundled up with hot chocolate to help keep them warm. For a small town Eureka Springs certainly knows how to throw a parade. Their are floats all lit up, lots of locals in Victorian costume, bands and thousands of lights making their way down the hill.
The next day, Saturday, December 5 the Candlelight Tour of Homes opens from 3:00-8:00PM. It’s an opportunity to tour some of Eureka Springs’ finest old homes dressed for the holiday season. In fact The Peabody House is one of the homes on tour this year. The lights are strung and the interior is very festive. You step inside and are immediately taken back to what the holidays must have been like in this 1890’s Victorian home. Admission for advance tickets is $15, day of tour $20. The money collected from the tour goes to our Preservation Society that is refurbishing the fountain at Basin Park.
Join us. We would love to see you and share the holiday cheer.
Faryl & Zoie Kaye