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When to See the Holiday Lights in Hot Springs, AR

October 30th, 2014 by Ray Rosset

Hot Springs Downtown AssociationOne of the best things about Hot Springs National Park is the holiday season. I love all of the cheer—the bright lights, festive music, and sense of compassion. This really kicks off downtown near Thanksgiving, when the Hot Springs Downtown Association hosts the Chili Cook Off.

In addition to all-you-can-eat chili, the event is the beginning of the holiday lighting season in Spa City. For four hours, guests eat on Central Avenue while waiting on the colorful display to begin. The historic area takes on a new level of glee, delighting onlookers and preparing them for the holiday season.

This year, for the 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, chili will be available in the Exchange Street Parking Plaza from 4-8pm. Lights will be turned on after the event. All proceeds support the Deck the Park Challenge (the catchy name for decorating the downtown area every year), and the cost is $5 for as much chili as you want!

Cooking begins at 1pm for participants, so you can see the action begin as you walk along Bathhouse Row. While you are in town to see the festivities, consider staying at Lookout Point. You can relax with some hot chocolate while enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hamilton. Reserve your stay online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Bring New Traditions to the New Year

December 19th, 2013 by Kristie Rosset

happy new year 2014Lookout Point is gearing up to start the New Year off right. Whether you are looking for luck, prosperity, adventure, or peace, we have some ideas from around the world of how to bring new traditions to your New Year.

For peace in the upcoming year, many traditions start with dispensing with the bad spirits from the year before. In Ireland, they hit the walls and doors of the house with the Christmas bread at midnight; the bread symbolizes abundance taking the place of the bad spirits being scared away by all the noise. Some people write down bad things from the year prior on a piece of paper and burn it, to symbolize a new start.

Of course, you can always follow the Austrian tradition of waltzing as the New Year clock strikes. There is sure to be peace, joy, and music all throughout your year if you begin it that way! Or, you can carry around an empty suitcase in the hopes of attracting adventure like they do in Columbia.

For a little bit of luck, you can leap off a chair at midnight. In Denmark, they do this to literally represent “jumping” into the New Year. In Mexico and Bolivia, people wear yellow underwear when the clock strikes twelve, in the name of luck.

For some prosperity or fortune in the upcoming year, try wearing polka dots and eating round foods. In the Philippines, the round represents prosperity; they even go so far as to follow their ancestors’ footsteps and eat 12 grapes (to represent the 12 months of the year) right before the clock strikes.

first footing traditionThe Scottish do a little bit of everything! They begin the year by singing “Auld Lang Syne” in caroling groups. The first caroler to come to your door is invited inside, and their hair color determines how your next year will go. You’re hoping that a tall, dark-haired person will show up with coal (so the house will always be warm), bread (so the house will never go hungry), salt (so the house will always have flavor), and whisky (for good luck). The tradition is called first-footing, and it certainly starts the year off on the right foot!

You can always participate in the Southern tradition of eating a spoonful of black eyed peas for luck, some greens for prosperity, and some bread to represent an abundance of food. My family also bangs pans together to ring in the New Year, scaring away the bad spirits from the year before.

Whether you are celebrating your own New Year’s Eve traditions or looking forward to starting some new ones, consider ringing in the New Year with a peaceful getaway at Lookout Point. We would love to welcome you, and January, with hope and cheer. You can reserve your room online or call us at 501.525.6155 for more information. Happy Holidays!

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