By Aaron Ricca/THE BEE
KINGMAN – Depending on what part of the county we live in, some of us have probably covered the grills, stored them away or have them on emergency status just in case.
When not itching to throw some meat on the coals (or gas), there’s plenty to do to get in the Christmas Spirit.
Kingman festivities kick off the first day of December:
• Santa’s Hualapai Winter Wonderland ~ Dec. 1-2 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hualapai Mountain Park. Treats, activities, arts, crafts, hay rides and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is $7 a vehicle. For more information call 928-681-5700.
• Kingman’s Very Merry Parade of Lights ~ Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. on Beale Street from First to Fifth Streets starting at Locomotive Park. Plenty of floats, candy and other parade participants including Santa Claus. As part of the yearly tradition, the City of Kingman will be lighting a Christmas Tree and kids can visit Santa, but this year the location has been moved to Locomotive Park from city hall.
Local residents and business owners have donated Christmas lights as part of a “Winter Wonderland” that will illuminate the train and trees. The Kingman Downtown Merchants Association is hosting the parade. For information on entering a float, contact KDMA Chairman Joni Millin at 928-715-2394, The Standard Newspaper at 928-753-1143 or go online to http://kingmandowntownmerchantsassociation.com/christmasparade.htm.
• The Inaugural Kingman Cookie Crawl ~ Dec. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kingman Main Street has put together a Christmas event like none other in town before. Downtown businesses will participate in a cookie cook-off and decorate their storefronts while playing Christmas music to entice shoppers, diners and drinkers to their establishments. Shoppers/crawlers can purchase tickets/passports for $15 beginning Dec. 1 at Black Bridge Brewery (cash only).
There will be a contest for best cookie and storefront decorations. Return a passport for a chance at a raffle prize. Black Bridge Brewery will host an after party. For more information visit www.kingmanmainstreet.com.