Christmas events come to town
December will be filled with holiday festivities for everyone in the Eureka Springs area.
The Christmas season kicks off at 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30, with the Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights. Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘A Vintage Christmas.’ All area bands, groups, businesses and individuals are welcome to come and join in the fun. There will be cash prizes awarded. The deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 24. There is no entry fee for the parade. For more information or a registration form, call 479-253-8737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Friday, the Nine Lessons will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a nondenominational advent service whose presentation of Christ’s birth in alternating scripture and choral works has thrilled audiences for the past century. This year’s production will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center. Featuring the Celebration Choir in its second season directed by Benjamin Winn and Sharon Parker, the Nine Lessons is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken up to benefit the mission of ECHO Village.
Saturday will have a trio of holiday offerings. Santa in the Park will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Basin Spring Park. A Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a John Two Hawks concert will be held at 7 p.m. The candlelight tour and concert are ticketed events.
The Crescent Hotel will have its Christmas Tree Forest set up from Monday, Dec. 3, to Monday, Dec. 31. Guests can visit any time day or night, and donations will be accepted for local nonprofits.
The Great Passion Play will have a Drive Through Christmas Lights display available from dusk to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from now until Tuesday, Jan. 1.
The annual Silver Tea will be held at St. James Church from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Donations will be accepted for a local nonprofit.
The Eureka Springs middle and high school band concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Eureka Springs High School auditorium.
The Holiday Island Singers will present ‘Sing We All Noel’ at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Prepare for lots of fun and a surprise recording artist to perform.
The Night of 1,000 Santas will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Ozarks Chorale will perform its Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Auditorium in Eureka Springs. Tickets are $10 for adults, and children and students attend for free.
Also on Dec. 8, there will be Caroling with the duo Mömandpöp, Living Windows from 5 p.m. to 8p.m., the Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt and a Holiday Dining Stroll with 11 local restaurants participating.
The Berryville Brass Ensemble will perform a free concert 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Auditorium.
The Carroll County Orchestra will perform its Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Auditorium. The concert will also feature a performance by the Kansas City Horn Club.
The Faith Bible Church Handbell Choir will play a number of Christmas songs with bells and chimes at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Faith Bible Church at No. 3 Parkcliff Drive Suite C in Holiday Island. A festive singalong will follow, and there will be refreshments afterwards.
Eureka Springs Elementary School will hold the Scottie Christmas Program, which features grades 2-4, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Eureka Springs Auditoriums. The Little Scotties Christmas Carol Party featuring grades K-1 will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Eureka Springs High School auditorium.
A free concert, A Eureka Christmas, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Auditorium. It will feature Barrett Baber from NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ Brick Fields, the NWA Gospel Choir and more special guests. All donations of money and food will go to the Flint Street Food Bank and Grandma’s House Children Advocacy Center of Carroll County.
The Eureka Springs middle and high school choir concerts will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Eureka Springs High School auditorium.
The Home for the Holidays concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Auditorium. This is a free concert.
A community Christmas dinner will be held on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the ECHO Clinic dining room located at E. Van Buren and Rock House Road. The dinner is free and open to the public. Flint Street Fellowship sponsors the dinner. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist with the dinner can call 479-981-2379.