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Visiting The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs

Each year, thousands of visitors across the nation are drawn to our little corner of Arkansas to see the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Being a large part of our culture here, it would be a shame for you not to stop by and see what it's all about.

Here's an overview that will let you know what you can expect during your trip to The Great Passion Play.

What is The Great Passion Play?

First performed in 1968, The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs is the most attended outdoor drama in the United States. This grandiose production is staged in an outdoor amphitheater, complete with an impressive multi-level set, live animals, and a cast of over 100 costumed actors that come together to bring alive the thrilling drama of the last days of Jesus Christ.

The length of the production is just under two hours, from 8:30 to 10:15 pm. The play is performed every year on Easter weekend as well as from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in October.
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Holy Land Tour

The Great Passion Play itself is far from the only attraction at their location Open year round, the Holy Land Tour lets you embark on an interactive adventure that lets guests experience and explore Middle Eastern culture from the time periods of Moses and Jesus.

The buildings and exhibits along the tour were crafted from painstaking research, in order to ensure historical accuracy. The tour is conducted via bus and begins by passing through a to-scale reconstruction of the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem and stops at exhibits such as:
  • A Full-scale replica of Moses' Tabernacle
  • A first century stable typical of where Jesus was born
  • An example upper room where the Last Supper could have taken place

Throughout the tour, visitors will also meet with guides dressed in biblical fashion who will impart knowledge of the time period and practices of the people within the Bible.
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Passion Play Buffet

On each day that the Play is performed, families can enjoy an affordable dinner option at the Passion Play's Great Hall Buffet. The buffet serves a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and starches and the food is created by a culinary trained chef who elevates homestyle cooking to a new level.

Dinner is served typically from 4:30 - 7:30 pm and anyone is able to come and enjoy the buffet regardless of if you have tickets to any other events. If you have special dietary requirements, you can let them know in advance and the chef will create special meals to meet those requirements.
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Christ of the Ozarks

One of the most visited attractions in all of the Ozarks, the Christ of the Ozarks stands seven stories tall and overlooks our town of Eureka Springs. The construction of the monument, completed in 1966, was done entirely by hand, everything from the steel frame to the 24 layers of white mortar to the concrete foundation woven with steel supports. From fingertip to fingertip, the outstretched arms span 65 feet, while the overall height of the statue is 67 feet.

There is no entrance fee to see the Christ of the Ozarks, allowing visitors from all walks of life to come and admire the craftsmanship as well as reflect on the life and ministry of Christ.
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