TOURISM TALK: Holidays & Happenings

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Holidays and Happenings

Take a quick look in your refrigerator and you’ll notice all the full Tupperware containers. This can mean only one thing; Thanksgiving is over. (Other signs include your house no longer resembling a parking lot and your sister’s kids are no longer spilling stuff on your couch.) Yes, Thanksgiving weekend is behind us, but its memories will certainly last a lifetime as they always do when Parker, Arizona, serves as host.

Is Thanksgiving weekend the best weekend in Parker, Arizona? Arguably so, or at least it appears to be. Was it spent with family and friends? Did you find yourself sitting around an open fire at some point? Did you head out to the Desert Bar and listen to some great LIVE music? Maybe you watched the Thanksgiving Regatta boat races from the banks of the beautiful Bluewater Resort & Casino or enjoyed the annual Lighted Boat Parade? Perhaps you went to the Ugly Christmas Sweater party at Roadrunner…

Whether you were on the water enjoying some November sunshine or in the desert kicking up dust and dirt in the mild fall temperatures chances are you had a great weekend in Parker.

There’s just one more month remaining in 2014 and Parker is going to finish the year strong. December is full of some great community activities that you can take part in here at your home away from home. Much like the Wise men of old Parker, Arizona, bears gifts in the form of golf tournaments, parades, community talent showcases, and more!

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Thursday, December 4th– Join The Bar for their Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. This evening includes music, dancing, drink specials, and everyone’s favorite night out “Josh-aoke: Karaoke with a Spin”. Free Shuttle is also available if you need it. (928)667-5946

Saturday, December 6th– Animal Relief Fund (ARF) is having their annual Putts for Paws 4-person scramble golf tourney. This worthwhile event is hosted by Emerald Canyon Golf Course and all proceeds benefit the county of La Paz animal shelter.

Also taking place on Saturday, December 6th the Town of Parker is having a public auction. Used vehicles, equipment and surplus materials will be sold to the highest bidders.

Saturday, December 13thEmerald Canyon Golf Course will be hosting their 25th Anniversary Tournament. Join them in celebrating 25 years of memories and friendship. The event is sponsored by Roadrunner Bar & Grill and Romer Beverage.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior Golf program.

Also taking place Saturday, December 13th is the Soroptimist International of Parker 34th Annual “Kids & Christmas”. Families and the surrounding community are invited to get their picture taken with Santa from 2pm-6pm and there will be treats for the kids, a bounce house, and of course Christmas music. When the sun goes down the streets will light up for the 7th Annual “Parade of Lights”. This fun tradition winds down Joshua Avenue/18th Street and goes to the Senior Center. Trophies will be given for Best Floats in several categories. Parade entries can be picked up at the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, December 14th– Town of Parker and the Parks & Recreation Committee are hosting “Christmas in the Park” at Pop Harvey Park. Spend an evening relaxing in the park, visiting with friends, and enjoy the talent of the community.

On behalf of Parker Area Tourism I’d like wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and may all your holidays be even happier when spent in Parker, Arizona.

Josh Savino
Tourism Coordinator
Parker Area Tourism

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