For almost 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. 3, 2011, 3-8 p.m., when the Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosts the 29th Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes.
Ten locations are participating in this year's tour, giving guests a glimpse of a bygone era. All stops on the self-guided tour will be lavishly 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 the only entire downtown in the country listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"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.
Tickets Available at: Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce – 516 Pine Mountain Village Circle – 479-253-8737
Eureka Springs Historical Museum – 95 South Main Street – 479-253-9417
Advance Tickets: $15 Day of Tour: $20 12 & Under: Free
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