Christmas at the Crescent

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“Christmas At The Crescent” Has

Become Eureka Springs Tradition

 

 Christmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s week longCHF_8859 schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 7 through December 13 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

            “When we first started this annual event 13 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, wonderful decorations, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to expand our holiday decorations at the property and build up events during this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”

            One such community-wide event is the Lighting of the Christmas Forest on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.  More than 30 trees willDSC_0030 adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

            “Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

            Also on Saturday Night from 3 – 8 PM, the Crescent Hotel will participate in the annual Preservation Tour of Homes by opening up the iconic Manor house of Lookout Cottages Estate.  The Preservation Tour of Homes, often attended by over 2,000 visitor helps to fund preservation efforts around Eureka Springs including last year’s benefactor, Crescent Spring.

            Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 8 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights areDSC_0095 a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            Each weekday, the hotel’s activity department creates a festive to do, while at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open its doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

            For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing adaptation of “A ChristmasPhoto by Purdy Art Co. Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair, held December 10th in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

            Thursday night, December 12th  will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” isPhoto by Purdy Art Co. planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

             “One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to expand Christmas lighting throughout the town as well as make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas festival,” added Moyer.esxmasparade

            Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, Preservation Tour of Homes and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

                        “The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “Starting with Christmas parade Friday December 6th and continuing through Christmas at the Crescent and the Sweet Treats Christmas Tour the first two weeks of December are filled with holiday spirit and events.  So many in fact this two-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to ChristmasattheCrescent.com.

 

Christmas at the Crescent

“Christmas At The Crescent” Has Become Eureka Springs Tradition Photo by Purdy Art Co.

 Christmastime at this Historic Hotel of America has become one of The Ozarks region’s most popular winter holiday traditions.  Part of that tradition is the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s weeklong schedule of activities for visitors, residents and guests which is called “Christmas at the Crescent”.  This year’s yuletide celebration at this mountaintop spa resort runs from December 7 through December 13 here at 75 Prospect Avenue on the Historic Loop.  It is all part of the full, nearly month-long calendar of seasonal events planned here at one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

“When we first started this annual event 13 years ago it consisted of a live Nativity scene, Santa’s Brunch and free holiday movies for our guests,” said hotel General Manager and Vice-President of Operations Jack Moyer.  “The crowds were small that year but everyone who attended had a great time.  So much so, it encouraged us to build up this week not only for our hotel but to also impact the holiday season for the entire community of Eureka Springs.”CHF_8859

One such community-wide event is the Christmas Forest Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m.  More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres, The East Lawn.  Each tree will be uniquely decorated one to the other since each tree represents a different local and area charity.

“Not only is our Christmas Forest a sparkling sight to behold, visitors to the forest can ‘vote’ for their favorite tree.  At the end of the ‘election’ on December 31, each tree’s ‘votes’ will be donated to that charity.  Additionally, the top three vote-getters also receive a nice cash prize donated from the hotel,” explained Moyer.

Santa arrives at the hotel on Sunday, December 8 when he is the star attraction at Santa’s Brunch.  The two elements that guests are suggested to DSC_0104bring to this feast of holiday culinary delights are a large appetite and a camera.  While eating to their hearts’ delight guests also getting a chance to sit on Ol’ Saint Nick’s lap for a chance to capture a photographic lifetime memory.  Santa has been known to balance an entire family on his red velvet knees for that just right shot.  Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Santa will be poised for photo ops from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each weekday at noon during this special holiday week, the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom swings open it doors for hungry patrons and school groups ready to perform DSC_0264 for those enjoying a mid-day repast.  Bands and choirs from local area middle and high schools present medleys of festive tunes that always bring back happy holiday memories from years gone by.

For those holiday travelers who long to return to the 19th century and the days of Charles Dickens, the Eureka Springs Readers Theater troupe presents a rousing Photo by Purdy Art Co.adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” following a Dickensian-themed feast.  This “Holiday Feast with Charles Dickens” is a Tuesday night affair held in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.  Reservations are recommended since seating is limited.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the performance.

Thursday night will utilize that same hotel venue but this time it will be filled with the polished holiday musical stylings of The Ozarks Chorale, a popular vocal ensemble that has performed in New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.  A dinnertime concert entitled “Sounds of thePhoto by Purdy Art Co. Season” is planned at 6:30 p.m. as the executive chef offers up its special “Tastes of The Holidays” menu accompanied by one of the largest wine cellars in the state.  Reservations are not required.

For those who long to share a laugh or a happy tear with friends and family while watching classic holiday motion pictures, Skybar Gourmet Pizza is where guests will want to congregate.  Each evening of “Christmas at the Crescent”, Sunday through Friday, this popular lounge and eatery transforms itself into a mini-plex for enjoying Christmas cinematic classics.  As a hotel gift to Skybar patrons, there is no admission for this nostalgic trip down memory lane.  The Skybar also provides a bird’s-eye view of the hotel’s Christmas Forest four stories below.

“One great outcropping from our hotel’s annual event has been the evolution of the community pulling together to make this week and the days surrounding it a true Christmas f12-4-10 075-SMALLestival,” added Moyer.

Under the sponsorship of such organizations as Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, such delightful holiday events as the night-time downtown Christmas Parade, Santa In The Park, and festive shopping enhancements make historic Downtown Eureka Springs a winter wonderland.

“The Christmas season has become huge here in Eureka,” Moyer said.  “In fact, it has become so big we had to find one umbrella sponsor for promotion of all the holiday events.  Our four-week celebration is now known as the ‘EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival’.”

“Our ‘Christmas at The Crescent’ this year will allow our guests to ‘Live The Legend’ here at our hotel, the symbol of Arkansas hospitality since 1886,” concluded Moyer.

For more information on “Christmas at The Crescent”, one should go to crescenthotel.com.

 

A Forest of Christmas Trees Glows High Above The Ozarks

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – In one of the highest points in all of the Arkansas Ozarks sits a mountaintop spa resort that was built back in 1886.  The hotel is surrounded by 15 acres of forestland crisscrossed with walking trails and manicured gardens adjacent to the four-story, limestone structure.  It is here in these manicured gardens that every December for the past six years that well-decorated, illuminated Christmas trees seem to spring up.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s “Christmas Forest” is one of the most popular events each year of the hotel’s holiday.  The hotel’s Director of Marketing and Communications Bill Ott explains, “Our Christmas Forest was the idea of our General Manager Jack Moyer six years ago.  It is a concept that started with a dozen trees and in 2011 saw the forest grow to 30.”

The concept is a simple one.  Each tree is decorated by and for a local area charity.  Following a grand forest illumination ceremony, the forest opens to the public.  Then from that evening through New Year’s Eve, visitors to the forest can “vote” for their favorite tree.  Each vote costs one dollar.  At the end of the voting period, the “ballots” are added up.  Each charity’s tree gets to keep all the monetary “votes” each received.  The top three vote-getting charities get to not only keep their “ballots” but The Crescent awards $200, $100, and $50, respectively.

Those charities represented in the 2011 forest are Matter of Trust, Aveda’s Earth, Toys For Tots, Eureka Springs Historical Museum, OARS, Good Shepherd Humane Society, St. John’s Hospice, People Helping People, Heifer International, ECHO, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Ozarks Chorale, Eureka Springs Downtown Network, Eureka Springs Boy Scouts, Eureka Springs Public Schools, Clear Spring School, Eureka Springs Rotary Club, Loaves & Fishes, Preservation Society, Flint Street Food Bank, Farmers’ Market, Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, Eureka Springs Hospital, Merlin Foundation, W.T. Fockers, Salvation Army, CASE, Operation Smiles, Cello Choir, and Berryville Elementary Nursing Services.

“We only use real trees.  The hotel purchases the trees, put lights on each and then each individual charity decorates their own tree,” noted Moyer.  “It has become quite a decorating competition between the charities.  Not only do they work hard to make their trees the most beautiful, most unique, but each charity works hard to ‘get the vote out’.”

“Our Christmas Forest has become a community and regional draw during the holidays,” Ott added.  “And with the leaves off the abundant hardwood trees, our illuminated evergreen forest can be seen for miles.”

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a resort community located just 53 miles southwest of Branson, MO and 156 miles east of Tulsa, OK.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is a member of Historic Hotels of America and will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2011.

For more information on The Crescent’s “Christmas Forest”, one should contact the hotel’s Administrative Marketing Assistant Amanda Haley at <amanda.haley1@gmail.com>.