Christmas tree lighting ushers in holidays
LAUGHLIN — Community members, state officials, friends and family came together to enjoy the Laughlin Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 30 at Mountain View Park.
Even though the weather got chilly, attendees were able to get warm by enjoying hot cocoa or coffee and cookies provided by the Laughlin Community Church.
“This event brings out the whole community and it’s great,” said Brian K. Paulson, Laughlin Town manager, of the event organized by Clark County Parks and Recreation. “This event has been going on for about 20 years now.”
Members of the Laughlin Middle School and High School Band played Christmas songs to set the mood for the holiday gathering.
During one of the band’s performances the high school choir group accompanied the band by singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
The band ended their mini Christmas concert by performing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
“This is the first tree lighting event that my wife and I have been to,” said attendee Brent Anderson, dressed in a full Christmas suit with a Christmas inspired T-Shirt underneath. “My wife is the one who told me to wear this Christmas outfit and it did take a lot of convincing for me to wear it. However, I have gotten a lot of great compliments about it so I think it was a good choice.”
Anderson and his wife have only recently returned to Laughlin.
“My wife and I both went to Laughlin High School so we are high school sweethearts,” Anderson said. “We moved to Kingman but we decided to come back to our community and now our daughter is attending the high school we attended.”
The master of ceremonies at the event was Judge Tim Atkins and the honor of turning on the Christmas lights went to Laughlin Citizen of the Year Bob Bilbray.
District 12 State Senator Joe Hardy, who attended the Christmas Tree Lighting event, said it is an opportunity for Laughlin to showcase it’s best feature.
“The Laughlin Christmas Tree Lighting is community in motion,” said Hardy. “It is an opportunity to get together and show everybody that we are not only a community but we are friends and family. This is Laughlin as we know it: friends, family, young and old getting together and showing Christmas Spirit. The Lighting allowed us to see the light and enjoy the beauty of not just Laughlin but the beauty of the people of Laughlin.”