Come Home For Christmas
by Jill Lagan
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 doubt the legitimacy of the St. Nick tale when they see him 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. I think everyone in town seems a little more friendly and helpful during this special time.
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.
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 set the tone as they begin decorating for the holiday rush. They stock the shelves and await the season’s business increase that helps all of us out in the long run. Be sure to head to your favorite retailer and find gifts for your whole family. While you’re out, stop by a few new places you hadn’t checked out before.
This year, Luminaria and the Los Posadas will ring in the Chamber holiday fun on Thursday, December 2nd at 6 p.m. This special live nativity will set the mood with the reason for the season. You won’t need your chairs and blankets this year... we’ll be seated in the warmth of the Recreation Center. With this great change, we’re hoping to see more of our Senior population and small children that have a harder time in the cold air of the gazebo. But you’ll still need your singing voices and don’t worry, we will have our special guest, Poncho Villa the donkey!
Next, Jingle Cat waves her magic wand while rolling down the highway in her white sleigh headed to the annual Tree Lighting in Frank Crowe park on December 3rd at 6 p.m. She will dance and sing with her friends and even take a picture or two. What a wonderful start to the holidays.
Saturday the 4th of December will be the Community Club’s annual Doodlebug 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 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Later that day, line up along the parade route for the annual Santa’s Electric Night Parade at 4:30 p.m. 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 & Lake Mead Cruises.
Also that night, St. Jude’s 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.
But the fun won’t end with the traditional events; we’re adding a new one this year. It’s called “Mingle With Jingle” and it will be on December 11th (same night as the Nutcracker!). Jingle will be stopping at all the businesses along the Highway and in the Historic District saying hello to guests and little people out enjoying an evening of late shopping. Many businesses will remain open later that evening to allow you to stop in and check them out. A few will even have cookies and milk for us! So come Mingle With Jingle and enjoy a little late night spending.
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, the Gingerbread Contest at Boulder Creek, 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.
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 a World Away For A Day. 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.