Holiday Open House, Dec 7
Join rangers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Lake Mead Visitor Center annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy the Desert Discovery Center and ranger chats throughout the day. There will be discounted, tax-free items for sale in the park store. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Program: Shoreline Trail to Owl Canyon, Dec 7
Join a ranger 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 for a 5-mile hike along the Shoreline Trail to Owl Canyon. Enjoy views of the Las Vegas Wash before ending in a dramatic slot canyon. For more information and to make a reservation, call 702-293-8990.
S’mores Making at Boulder City Holiday Parade, Dec 7
Join rangers Dec. 7 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters in Boulder City for s’mores making during the annual Santa’s Electric Night Parade. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Parade of Lights, Dec 7
Up to 50 boats decorated in lights and holiday décor will parade across Lake Mead Dec. 7. They will depart from Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina at 6 p.m. and make their way across the Boulder Basin. Spectators can view the parade from Boulder Beach. For more information on this permitted event, visit https://boatinglakemead.com/paradeoflights-register.
Parade of Lights Cruise, Dec 7
Cruise aboard the Desert Princess paddle wheeler on Lake Mead while she leads the Parade of Lights, dressed in holiday lights and décor. Light Hors d’oeuvres available for purchase. Warm clothing recommended. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.lakemeadcruises.com/special-offers/specials-packages/specialty-cruises/parade-of-lights-cruise.
Ranger Program: St. Thomas: A Town Revealed, Dec 8
Join a ranger at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center to walk back in time to the days before the waters of Lake Mead covered the small farming community of St. Thomas. For more information and to register, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Program: Bluffs Trail, Dec 14
Join a ranger for a moderate 3-mile hike 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. along the Las Vegas Bluffs Trail. Enjoy the sounds and sights of wildlife while overlooking the Las Vegas Wash. For more information and to make a reservation, please call 702-293-8990.
Henderson Holiday Parade, Dec 14
Join rangers and volunteers at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 as Lake Mead National Recreation Area participates in the Henderson WinterFest Evening Light Parade. The parade theme is “Fire & Ice.” For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Callville Bay Dock of Lights, Dec 14
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and stroll along the dock to see boats decorated with holiday lights at the annual Dock of Lights at Callville Bay. Starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Food will be available at the Fountain Sight Lounge. For more information, visit https://www.lakemeadyc.org/calendar-of-events.
Ranger Program: Railroad Trail, Dec 21
Join a ranger from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a 2.5-mile hike along an old railroad bed through tunnels built to transport supplies for the construction of the Hoover Dam. For more information and to make a reservation, call 702-293-8990.
Christmas Eve Rafting with Santa, Dec 24
Spend Christmas Eve with Santa rafting along the Colorado River before he sets out for his biggest night of the year. For more information and to make reservations, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2776114355773304/.
Visitor Center Closed, Dec 25
The Lake Mead Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 25, so staff may spend time with their families on Christmas Day.
Ranger Program: Lakeview Trail, Dec 28
Join a ranger from 9 a.m. to noon MST for a 4-mile hike on the Lake View Trail at Katherine Landing. Participants will enjoy views of a mountainous landscape and Lake Mohave on this moderate hike. For more information and to make a reservation, call 702-293-8990.
Visitor Center Closed, Jan 1
The Lake Mead Visitor Center will be closed Jan. 1, so staff may spend time with their families on New Year’s Day.