A Quaint And Charming Christmas
by Jill Rowland Lagan
We’ve all heard Boulder City referred to as “quaint and charming”. I know I’ve used those terms a million times in written descriptions of our town. They seem to fit and are appropriate for almost every publication I’ve submitted information to. But what do they really mean? Does Mary Poppins flitter around with her parasol? Is there a yodeling competition up in Bootleg Canyon? Do we have Disneyland-like neatly swept sidewalks and horse drawn carriages on Nevada Way? No, but we do have amazing businesses and citizens that, during this very special time of year, all come together to celebrate the season. For a time, we have the textbook definition of “quaint and charming”. I’m proud to be a part of this amazing community.
All denominational organizations seem to celebrate during this festive time of year, and those who choose not to still enjoy the good will that seems to spread rampantly through the holidays. We see more gracious acts and support between neighbors and friends. The businesses seem to go out of their way for the guests joining us here in Boulder City, and those guests truly appreciate their stay.
With all the many events that take place, it’s seems a bit overwhelming at times. But with a bit of planning, you too can enjoy the holiday cheer. Mark your calendars now with all the special events, and sit down with your employees or family and decide which events fit into your busy schedule.
The kick-off event is the Community Tree Lighting in Frank Crowe Park on December 5th at 6 p.m. This annual event throws the lights on the famous City Christmas Tree with a little help from Jingle Cat’s magic wand. Kids love this event and enjoy singing along to the carols performed by Mrs. Barlow’s Junior High Choir. Back by popular demand, they’ve agreed to join us again this year to usher in Christmas. Thanks to all the City Staff that decorate our light poles and the Christmas tree. We appreciate your hard work and help in making our Holidays a little brighter.
After the Christmas tree is lit and all the many events are off to a great start, join St. Jude’s for a Night of Lights. This year, the cottages and property will be decorated and host to guests for two nights. So bring all your houseguests and kids and enjoy the company of the wonderful children and staff at St. Jude’s on the evenings of Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th.
Saturday December 6th is a busy day indeed. Don’t plan on baking Christmas cookies that day, or you’ll find yourself tied to the oven and missing out on a lot of fun. Doodlebug Bazaar, a Boulder City Community Club event, will be at it’s annual location in the gyms of the Recreation Center. Don’t miss the best Sloppy Joes and baked goods!
After scavenging the great booths at Doodlebug, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. join Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Gazebo behind the gyms to have your picture taken with the Big Guy and Jingle Cat. You’ll treasure those pictures forever!
The Santa Train will be running at full steam that day too, so make sure your little ones get to see Santa ride the rails. The Santa Train has become so popular that it will be taking place the first two weekends of December to accommodate all the riders. HO HO HO ~ All aboard!!!
The night of December 6th beginning at 4:30 p.m., Santa’s Electrical Night Parade will wow and wonder you and yours. This parade gets bigger and better every year and we’re excited to see all the new, lighted floats. If you would like to be in this parade, contact the Chamber for your application. It’s never too late to be a part of history as one of the only nighttime parades in Nevada. Our parade generates so much attention it’s one of those many things that makes us “quaint and charming”.
Immediately following the Electrical Parade, please head to Lake Mead National Recreation area and watch the beautiful Parade of Lights that is hosted by the Lake Mead Boat Owners Association. That event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Be sure to get your tickets for the Nutcracker at the famous Boulder Theatre. This year the shows will be on December 12th, 13th and 14th with some amazingly talented youths from our community. This show sells out quickly, so call the Boulder City Ballet Company soon at 293-1161.
On December 12th at 6 p.m. join the Chamber for the reverent and beautiful Luminaria and Los Posadas. The sweet story of the Nativity reenacted by local families and entertainers make this event a must see each year. Come and be a part and take home one of the hundreds of Luminarias that are made and displayed around Bicentennial Park for your enjoyment.
Check the Chamber’s Event Calendar at www.boulder citychamber.com for a listing of all the events. If you’re having an event, submit it there. Weather plays a part in events, so call the Chamber at (702) 293-2034 or visit www.bouldercitychamber.com if you have any question about whether an event is taking place. Happy Holidays!