by Jill Lagan
Boulder City Chamber of Commerce
Come Home For Christmas
For over 75 years, residents of Boulder City have enjoyed a home town Christmas. We may not have the usual signs of the holidays like snow and horse drawn sleighs... or do we? How could we forget the main character celebrated by Boulder City’s Home Town Christmas? We are blessed with having the real Santa and Mrs. Claus living amongst us. How could any child, or adult for that matter, doubt the legitimacy of the St. Nick tale when they see him at Albertson’s and the Credit Union every week?
You can almost smell the turkey roasting and grandma’s cookies baking as we prepare to welcome in the most delightful time of the year. Is it me, or do you think everyone in town seems a little bit more friendly and helpful during this special time of year? As we stroll our streets and shop our shops, we have the opportunity to help our local business owners and we save time and energy in not having to fight the larger crowds over the hill. I love walking into our local businesses and seeing the parents of my kids’ friends, adults my mom and dad went to school with, and neighbors we hang out with during the different city celebrations. We are a tight knit community and the holidays are proof that Boulder City is the place to celebrate Nevada’s Home Town Christmas.
Shop owners along Nevada Highway and Nevada Way can receive discounts on lighting needs from several local retailers if they are purchasing lights for the Community Lighting held on December 1st. It is the first event leading into the many events of the season. Jingle Cat waves her magic wand while rolling down the highway in her white sleigh. As she points to each business, they light their magical displays for all to see. She ends her journey at Frank Crowe park where she dances and sings with all her friends as they light the City Christmas Tree. What a wonderful start to the holidays. Immediately following the tree lighting, St. Judes will be highlighting their family facility with A Night of Lights. Join their staff and children in their cottages as they welcome all of Boulder City to visit and tour the facility. They will have music, food and fun.
Saturday the 2nd of December will be Doodlebug’s annual Bazaar. Where else will you find the famous sloppy joe and tons of Christmas gifts in one place? Right behind the Bazaar in Bicentennial Park, you’ll be able to sit on Santa’s lap and Jingle Cat will be handing out Santa’s goodie bags again this year from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring your pets for their Christmas picture with Merry MacGruff the police department’s mascot. Later that day, line up along the parade route for the annual Santa’s Electric Night Parade. Cox Cable will again be filming this year’s event, so if the chill forces you to miss out on the festivities, you’ll be able to enjoy the fun from your own armchair.
You won’t want to miss out on the Lake Mead Boat Owners Association’s Parade of Lights immediately following the parade. Rumor has it that a big shindig is planned for Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Cruises that night and it will be the place to be seen.
Sunday, December 3rd will be the Chamber’s Luminaria and Los Posadas. This special live nativity will set the mood with the reason for the season. Bring your warm blanket and singing voices as you sit in Bicentennial Park surrounded by hundreds of beautifully lit candle luminaries.
This year as we decorate our homes, drive through our quaint streets, shop our local businesses, and revel in the fact that we are blessed to live in Boulder City, remember those who are less fortunate and help make their holiday also one of joy.
With so many great celebrations like the annual Nutcracker at the Boulder Theatre and the open houses at the Boulder Dam Hotel or the magical Santa’s Train at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, how can anyone deny that Boulder City is Nevada’s Home Town Christmas. We are lucky to live in such a wonderful community that celebrates its heritage and honors its history. On a daily basis, I’m proudly given the opportunity to share Boulder City’s majesty with guests. It’s truly inspiring to hear how Boulder City has impacted their lives for good and how these guests find value in visiting our clean green little Christmas town.
Next time you see Santa and Mrs. Claus walking through the streets of Boulder City, stop and tell them thank you for all their many years of service to our community and the world. Happy Holidays everyone.