For over 80 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? Going back in Chamber History, we saw then-chairwoman Marcie Harris bring snow and a horse draw sleigh right down Nevada Way during the annual Santa’s Electric Night Parade. It may have only been temporary that year...but it was snow! I wonder what this year’s chairwoman Beth Vandenberg will bring...
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.
1525 Fifth Street holiday decorations • Photo by bouldercitysocial.com
Business owners have been given a new tool this year for their holiday shop-local campaigns. The Chamber just released “THE CITY CARD” which works as a rewards card for those locations offering discounts with the use of the card and it can also be used as a Visa Gift Card if you choose to load it with a pre-paid amount of money. The new City Card is available for purchase at the BC Chamber of Commerce office at 465 Nevada Way for just $5. Each card has a beautiful picture of Boulder City scenery and make great gifts for locals as well as guests to our community. Since they serve a dual purpose, we expect to put one in everyone’s pocket. We have searched for quite some time to find a way to keep money flowing in the circles of Boulder City businesses and with this great discount/rewards card that can now happen. The added bonus is you can load it with a gift. So think about those on your list and remember to stop by the Chamber for all your gift-giving needs. These will make great teacher gifts, employee gifts, gifts for the Chamber CEO...just kidding! Jingle Cat will take care of her.
Speaking of Jingle Cat...where has she been? It has been so long since our friend was around town. I was told just the other day that she plans on coming to back from the North Pole very soon. So we’ll all have to watch out for her at different businesses.
In the meantime, we can plan ahead for our annual events. I was recently told that Luminaria/Los Posadas has been in the planning phase for several months now and is truly one of the best events to attend to kick-off the beautiful holiday season. Now that it is inside the Boulder City Recreation Center, it has really picked up in attendance numbers. The warm atmosphere isn’t just because Roger Hall runs the heat for us, it is also because of the warmth of the live Nativity, the amazing local performance groups and the cheery carols sung by all. Please join us for a very special evening. This year Luminaria will be on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm.
Jingle Cat is scheduled to make her first appearance of the season at Frank Crowe park where she dances and sings with all her friends as they light the City Christmas Tree. This will be on Friday, December 6th at 6pm. Immediately following the tree lighting, St. Jude’s will be highlighting their families 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.
Where might you find the perfect holiday gift? Saturday the 7th of December at the Doodlebug Bazaar in the Recreation Center. 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 11am to 2pm. Later that day, line up along the parade route for the Annual Santa’s Electric Night Parade that begins at 4:30pm on the 7th. 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 and Snuggie.
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.
As we decorate our homes, drive through our quaint streets, and shop our local businesses, remember those who are less fortunate and help make their holiday one of joy. Please thank a Military Service Member and pray for their safe return if they are away from their families. Jingle Cat would like to thank all those that help decorate our fine City. The City Staff take great pride in helping us feel the cheer of the season by lighting up our streets.
With so many special celebrations within our churches and organizations, the magical Santa’s Train at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, holiday open houses at local businesses, and so much more, how can anyone deny that Boulder City has Nevada’s Home Town Christmas. We are lucky to live in such a wonderful community that celebrates its heritage by honoring its history and respecting its future. 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.
My prayer for you; may your home be warm, your heart be grateful, your spirit be light and your blessings be plentiful. Have a most happy holiday season.