Around the Area

A variety of shows, events, activities beyond the casino scene


Boombox Parade

Friday, Dec. 3

What: The Colorado River Women’s Council is presenting the return of the Boombox Parade. The parade route for viewing will be Hancock Road (starting at the corner of River Gardens) to Trane Road and ending on Alona’s Way. There will once again be two themes for this year’s parade — the on-going “Spirit of Giving” theme, and “CANDYLAND” was selected as the second theme.

Where: Hancock Road to Trane Road, Bullhead City, AZ, 68 miles from Laughlin.

When: Friday, Dec. 3 (6 p.m.).

Cost: Free.

Info: Call Jennifer Portwood at 928-542-9146 or email to register.


Kiwanis Poker Run

Saturday, Dec. 4

What: Kiwanis of the Colorado River presents its bi-annual off-road poker run. The poker run is 45-50 miles of off-road fun! Off-road vehicles of all types are welcome. With your vehicle registration you will receive one vehicle entry, two lunches, one whip flag and one poker hand. Additional lunches and poker hands can be purchased. Drivers meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the poker run starting at 9 a.m. The start/finish line is located at the corner of Aztec and La Riqueza in Fort Mohave.

Where: Aztec and La Riqueza, Fort Mohave, 14 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4 (9 a.m.).

Cost: $85 per vehicle.

Info: Email


Elf on the Shelf Event

Saturday, Dec. 4

What: The Needles Women’s Club and cosponsors, Palo Verde College of Needles, invite Tri-state residents to come join us for an Elf on the Shelf Christmas event. Kids can visit with the elf and browse the kids boutique to buy gifts for family. A baked goods sale with delicious home made goods will be available also.

Where: Palo Verde College, 725 W. Broadway, Needles, CA, 26.8 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Cost: Free to browse.

Info: Call Velinda at 760-799-4008.


Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 4

What: Holiday lights will adorn boats as they glitter and glisten through the famed Bridgewater Channel under the London Bridge. Anyone is welcome to enter a boat in the parade, but must register by Dec. 1. There is no registration fee to enter. Prizes will be given to: Best of Show, Judges’ Choice, Wildcard Entry, Best Family or Individual Entry, Best Business Entry, and Best First Time Entry. There is no charge to view the Boat Parade and plenty of free parking is available at the English Village.

Where: Bridgewater Channel, 422 English Village, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 68 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.).

Cost: Free.

Info: Call JJ Gibbs at 928-486-7063 or email


Mingle Jingle Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 4

What: The Kingman Downtown Merchants Association will be hosting the first annual Mingle Jingle Christmas Bazaar in the turquoise Beale Celebrations building downtown from 10am-9pm. The bazaar will be an all-day/evening event before and during the Very Merry Christmas Light Display on Beale Street downtown. The Street of Lights Parade will feature a stationary display of floats and vehicles lined up on Beale Street from 5th Street to Grandview. Viewing will be available from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: 201 N. 4th St., Kingman, AZ, 33 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4 (10 a.m.-9 p.m.).

Cost: Free.

Info: Call 928-279-8448 or email


Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 5

What: Lake Havasu Community Choir presents the “spirit of the season” with a concert at the Lake Havasu Performing Arts Center. Presale tickets may be purchased at three Lake Havasu businesses: Scoops Ice Cream, Print-It Havasu and Sound Bank Electronics.

Where: 2675 Palo Verde Blvd. South, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 66 miles from Laughlin.

When: Sunday, Dec. 5 (3 p.m.).

Cost: $10 for adults presale, $12 at the door, $5 for students.

Info: Call 281-222-7309.


River Cities Community Theater

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 9-12

What: River Cities Community Theater Players will present “A Christmas Story” onstage at Suddenlink Community Center. This comedy classic  based on the popular holiday film and adapted by Philip Grecian, celebrates family memories growing up in the Midwest circa 1940 as we follow Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree. Get tickets online at or at the door starting one hour before the show.

Where: 2380 Suddenlink Way, Bullhead City, AZ, 2.7 miles from Laughlin.

When: Thursday-Friday, Dec. 9-10 (7 p.m. AZ); Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 11-12 (2 p.m. AZ)

Cost: Adults $15, students $5, age 5 & under free.

Info: Call 928-299-6057 or visit


Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11

What: From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy the activities available at the Holiday Fair such as arts and crafts, ornament crafting, hot cocoa and food vendors, Santa’s Cabin and an elfie station! From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., decorated cabins will be lit up and you can take a tour around the park to check them out while listening to lively holiday music. However, be on the look out for the roaming Grinch!

Where: 6250 Hualapai Mountain Rd.,

Kingman, AZ, 46.5 miles from Laughlin.

When: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11 (noon-9 p.m.).

Cost: $10 per vehicle.

Info: Call 928-681-5700.


Light Up the Landing

Saturday, Dec. 11

What: Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave presents, Light Up the Landing. Bring the family to see all the festive holiday lights and boat decorations while you walk along the docks and vote for your favorite. There will be many surprises for the kids, including Santa’s entrance by boat. Food and beverages (including adult beverages) will be available for purchase.

Where: 2690 Katherine Spur Rd., Bullhead City, AZ, 4.7 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 11 (5 p.m.-8 p.m.).

Cost: Free to attend.

Info: Call 928-754-3245.


Toy Drive Car Show

Saturday, Dec. 11

What: Mohave Marketplace and Mohave Powersports in Fort Mohave is hosting a car show and shine to benefit the boys and girls of Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley with Christmas toys. To enter your car, bring an unwrapped toy valued at $20 to donate. There will be music by DJ Loke, a 50/50 raffle, and awards for Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Motor and Best Interior. 

Where: Texaco Station, 5480 Highway 95, Fort Mohave, AZ, 14.7 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 11 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Cost: One unwrapped toy valued at $20.

Info: Call Jeff at 909-677-3792.


Winter Festival

Saturday, Dec. 11

What: The City of Bullhead City is hosting its annual Winter Festival at the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse, free to the public. The event will feature live Christmas music from local bands, games and activities for all ages and Santa Claus will stop by. There will be a kids zone with face painting, crafts and bounce houses. A wide variety of local vendors will be selling an assortment of goods that would make a great holiday gift.

Where: 3663 Bullhead Parkway, Bullhead City, AZ, 10.4 miles from Laughlin.

When: Saturday, Dec. 11 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.).

Cost: Free admission.

Info: Email David at


Christmas Cantata

Sunday, Dec. 12 & 19

What: Community Lutheran Church’s annual Christmas Cantata and Festival of Music, a long-time, beloved tradition within the community, is returning following a two-year hiatus due to the 2019-2020 pandemic. The Cantata Choir, under the direction of Shawn Bristle, offers two performances of Pepper Choplin’s magical “One Silent Night” as it relates, in words and music, that holy moment in time when Christ the Savior was born. At times deep and thoughtful, at other times jubilant, the cantata unfolds the Story of Christmas in a way that hearts will never forget. Additional to the cantata are seasonal anthems by the choir, instrumental and vocal selections and, always the favorite, congregational singing of Christmas hymns, accompanied by the choir. Masks are optional.

Where: Community Lutheran Church, 2275 Ricca Road (between upper Riverview Drive and North Oatman Road), Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.

When: Sunday, Dec. 12 (3 p.m. AZ time with reception to follow); Sunday, Dec. 19 (7 p.m. AZ time)

Cost: Free to the public, donations accepted.

Info: Church office (Rickie Melendez) 928-763-2422, or Peggy Boone 928-727-4171.


26th Annual Festival of Lights

Nov. 27-Jan. 9

What: The London Bridge Resort’s Festival of Lights really brings out the Christmas spirit. Bring the family for a stroll under the London Bridge along the walkway or take your boat on a night cruise through the Bridgewater Channel as over 500,000 lights set the water aglow. There’s plenty of free parking at the English Village or The London Bridge Resort and Convention Center. Lights go out at 10 p.m. nightly.

Where: London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queen’s Bay, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 68 miles from Laughlin.

When: Nov. 27-Jan. 9 (Lights out 10 p.m.).

Cost: Free.

Info: Call 928-855-0888.


Catholic Mass

Every Saturday and Sunday

What: The Riverside Resort hosts Catholic Mass with Father Charlie Urnick every Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. and noon) inside Don’s Celebrity Theatre.

Where: Riverside Resort, 1650 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin.

When: Every Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. and noon).

Cost: Free to attend.

Info: Call 702-298-0440.


Elks Lodge #2408 Bunco

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday

What: Bullhead City Elks Lodge #2408 hosts Bunco on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The sessions are open to the public and lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Bunco starts at noon. All proceeds benefit Elks’ charities in Bullhead City.

Where: Elks Lodge #2408, 1745 Emerald Drive, Bullhead City, 7.3 miles from Laughlin.

When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday (11 a.m.).

Cost: $8.

Info: Kathleen Clemens, 928-763-6799.


Trivia Nights

Every Thursday night (except the last)

What: J&J Events presents Trivia Night every Thursday except the last of the month. Win cash prizes, for ages 21 and older. No commitment required. Teams of one to five people.

Where: Miracle Mile Event Center at Mohave Shriners; 2580 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, 7.2 miles from Laughlin.

When: Every Thursday (except the last) (6:30 p.m.).

Cost: $5 per person.

Info: Call 928-296-0748, or visit


Bullhead City Senior Campus Activities


What: The Bullhead City Senior Campus offers a variety of free events for adults 50 and older each weekday. Every Tuesday, take in a Zumba class (8:15 a.m.-9 a.m.), join a Hand & Foot card game or a Poker game (12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), and don’t miss Line Dancing instruction (4 p.m.-5 p.m.). For a full schedule of the available activities throughout the week, call Kim Cool at 928-763-0193 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Where: 2275 Trane Road (between City Hall & Ken Forvargue Park), Bullhead City, 6.8 miles from Laughlin.

When: Tuesdays (Additional activities available Monday-Friday).

Cost: Free.

Info: Call Kim Cool at 928-763-0193.



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