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Christmas Grand High Tea and Tour-Christmas in the Quarter

Christmas Magic At The Empress Pricing Details: $182-$372 per person

The Empress with a dress of holiday snow


Join The Empress of Little Rock on Sunday, December 16th at 3:00 p.m for the annual Holiday Christmas Grand High Tea and Tour of the Hornibrook Mansion. Start  your holiday season in the elegant “Quapaw Quarter” with a tour of the beautiful and elegant “Hornibrook Mansion” now known as The Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast, in the Quapaw Quarter section of Downtown Little Rock.  There will be magical Victorian decorations depicting the 1890’s era of the Hornibrook Mansion, known regionally as “The Grande Dame of the Ozarks” for it’s  elaborate detailed Gothic Queen Anne Architecture.  After an elegant repast of American Grand High Tea, including many refined traditions  lost to us in our modern “technological” world, a detailed history  of the family that took such pleasure in building this amazing architectural triumph and a tour and discussion of 1890’s Christmas traditions will follow.  This is a time to enjoy customs and family values that made us who we are today.  Bring your Granddaughters, yours Mothers, your Grandmothers to experience the joy of an 1880’s Christmas to begin your holiday season.

Christmas dining at The Empress captures the esssence of the season

Decking the tables,mantles with fruit, candles and scarlet ribbons at The Empress


Please join us before or after the Christmas tea and relax at The Empress with old “timey” traditions like working a puzzle with your family or Dominos, Scrabble, or Wheel of Fortune  .  Luxuriate as if you were the guest of a fabulously wealthy couple of the 1880’s who thought nothing of spending millions to create this time for your personal enjoyment.  Have a cup of traditional homemade “english” eggnog or hot chocolate as you sit in front of a roaring fire and listen to Holiday music. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride snuggled under a fur blanket garbed in gold fringe with a hot mug of holiday cheer.   Wander through the parlors draped with live greens and vintage Victorian decorations and make memories of Christmas splendor to enjoy for the next 50 years of your life.

Welcome the holidays with the a “Christmas in the Quarter” tea, and stay to start your enjoyment of the holiday season to set the stage for a wonderful Christmas to remember.

Dressed for Christmas Eve and ready for the holiday of historic homes

Dressed for Christmas Eve

Package Includes:

  • 2 nights (add an optional third for at $99 or $149 depending on suite)
  • Tickets to Christmas Grand High Tea & Tour on Sunday
  • candlelit breakfast each morning
  • wine or eggnog in the evenings
  • a $50 certificate for dinner at Ciao Italian restaurant
  • an inside view of The Empress draped in her very best Victorian Holiday fashion!



Petit Jean-$235/person

Murray/Washburn Welch-$265/person

Hornibrook/Victoria’s Garden Spa Suite-$345/person  

Chatelaine Spa Suite-$345/person  

Majestic Spa Suite-$375/person  

Hemingway Spa Suite-$425/person

(by choice of room; tax and gratuity extra, priced with minimum two people per room- double occupancy; third night may be added for $99 OR $149 depending on the room)