For three decades homeowners in this Victorian village have invited visitors inside their historic residences to share the joys of the holiday season. The tradition continues Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 3-8 p.m., when the Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosts the 35th Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes.
Nine locations will be participating in this year's tour, giving guests a glimpse of a bygone era. All stops on the self-guided tour will be decorated for the season with Victorian attired docents at each site to relate the history of each home. Each residence offers an opportunity to revisit the grandeur of the graceful Victorian era and its unique, enchanting homes.
Dee Bright, Preservation Society President, elaborates. "Interior details such as grand staircases, ornately carved fireplace mantels, sparkling stained glass and intricate millwork will all be decked in festive holiday trimmings."
Visitors will be treated to choir and band music, carolers, refreshments and merriment. Tour goers will also see elegant ladies adorned in their finery and dapper gentlemen dressed in tails and ties as they stroll through one of the largest historical districts in the country.
"Remembering Christmas past is a great way to begin making memories for Christmas present," Bright said. "The attention to detail in each of the homes makes this tour truly special for architectural buffs, history enthusiasts, and those who simply enjoy beauty for its own sake."
She concluded, "It's a lovely way to begin your holidays. If you've never been, come and immerse yourself in the magic, merriment, and mystery of a bygone era. And if you've celebrated the season with us before, we welcome your family back for this fabulous holiday tradition.
Beginning November 15, tickets will be available at:
Eureka Springs Historical Museum ~ 95 South Main ~ 479-253-9417
Tickets: $20 12 & Under: Free
Tickets include use of Eureka Springs Trolley between Tour homes during Tour hours only.
What style are the homes on the tour?
Homes in Eureka Springs vary in age, size, and style. Most are high-stooped with 4 to 12 steps to climb for entry and are not handicapped accessible. These homes are private residences, so interior design may range from period, to traditional, to contemporary, and to modern.
How many sites will we see on the tour?
Each walking tour, typically, offers a minimum of five to eight residences, as well as other historic churches and businesses. A different historic neighborhood is featured each year.
Where does my walking tour start?
Each guest will receive an official Tour Guidebook at ticket pickup. The address of each site is included in the Guidebook and clearly marked on a map. Volunteer docents will greet you at each site. Each site is also marked with signage and, frequently, luminaries. Guests are encouraged to take the tour at their own pace and site visits need not be in the numeric order they are found in the Guidebook.
What else should I know?
Wear comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes. There are numerous steps, stairs, and inclines on the tour route, and inside homes. Allow about two to three hours for the tour, but set your own pace.