The Eureka Springs Preservation Society will keep the tradition alive next month as the 31st Christmas Tour of Homes returns on December 7th. Held on the first Saturday in December from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, this self-guided tour will take guests through nine locations participating this year. This historic event through the Victorian village has been taking place for the past three decades. Each home on the tour will be elaborately decorated with festive holiday decorations from the staircases to the mantels. A knowledgeable guide dressed in Victorian attire will be on site to provide historical information about the home.
Tickets for this event are available beginning November 16th. They can be purchased online through December 6th or at the Chamber of Commerce or St. James Episcopal Church. Tickets are $15.00 before the event and $20.00 day of the tour. Children 12 and under are free with adult admission.
On the day of the tour, a guidebook will be handed out with the tickets showing a map of the addresses of each house along the tour. Each home will be marked with a sign or luminaries to let tour-goers know they have arrived. Guests will be welcomed into each home with refreshments and treated to music by carolers, choir and band music. The Eureka Springs Transit Authority will run a trolley through the area until around 8:00pm. Once you have parked at the main Transit parking lot and paid the fee, let the trolley take you to and from each location. A 13 passenger van from Eureka Springs Van Tour will also circle the area giving rides for those on their way to the next home. Tours can last anywhere from one to two hours. There are many stairs and inclines to walk so guests are encouraged to dress comfortably.
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society is a non-profit organization. Its mission since 1979 is to preserve the natural and architectural beauty of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The Christmas Tour of Homes has been one the Society’s largest fundraisers since its beginning in 1982. Funds raised over the years have been used towards the restoration and upkeep of many of the area landmarks including the Crescent Spring Gazebo on Spring Street and windows for The Auditorium.
Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast is running some great specials for your winter getaway. Everything from a Snow Day Special saving you money if it snows, a Winter Special, one free night when you make a reservation for three nights and a Eureka Springs Holiday Experience Package. This package is perfect for a romantic escape for you and your loved one. Champagne will be waiting in your room upon arrival, couple’s massage, and dessert for two from one of Eureka’s area restaurants. In addition to these extras, a personal fireplace and whirlpool tub create a romantic ambiance in each room. Each morning of your stay, you will awaken to the smell of a complimentary hot breakfast. Special is good through December 31st. Take a few days for yourself and enjoy a restful retreat at Arsenic and Old Lace.
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