One visit to the Victorian village of Eureka Springs at Christmas is enough to have jolly mutts howling the tune to Jingle Bells. Starting with Small Business Saturday and lasting through New Years Day, this small town is all a-bustle with holiday merriment.
On Thursdays through Sundays, November 26 through January 2, take your pup on a drive through The Great Passion Play’s Christmas Tree Forest. More than 300 illuminated Christmas trees will be on display on the route to the Christ of the Ozarks statue.
If you’re in town on December 4, catch A Twist on Tradition: Giving Back Stationary Christmas Parade, where holiday floats and displays will be available for drive-by viewing at various locations from 6 to 8 p.m.
On December 5, 12 and 19, shop for everyone on your Christmas while everything is magically decorated and holiday music plays. Santa will be socially distanced on a balcony overhead, so Fido can safely relay his Christmas wishlist from 1:30 to 3 p.m. On December 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. the shop windows come alive with elves, Santa, and delightful characters. The evening is sprinkled with holiday spirit as the magic unfolds one shop after the other.
While you’re in Eureka Springs, celebrate “Christmas at the Crescent” in a Victorian room at The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. The hotel’s East Lawn of nearly 15 acres is transformed into a Christmas tree forest with 30 decorated trees, and its Fountain Garden becomes a winter wonderland. Two pets of any size are allowed for an additional fee of $35 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $135.