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11/28/2013 6:02:00 AM
Kingman holiday celebration takes to the hills
Hualapai Wonderland returns for two December weekends
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
“Santa’s Elf” Rosemary Christianson talks to Ali Acton (center) and Aubrey Idsinga, both 4, during Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland last year.
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“Santa’s Elf” Rosemary Christianson talks to Ali Acton (center) and Aubrey Idsinga, both 4, during Santa’s Hualapai Wonderland last year.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Hualapai Mountain Park will turn into a Christmas destination when Santa Claus makes his jolly appearance the first two full weekends in December during Hualapai Wonderland.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, will feature a visit with Santa Claus. Parents can take photos of their children telling Saint Nicholas what they want for Christmas, and a professional photographer will be available to snap pictures for $5 each, as well.

Other activities during Hualapai Wonderland include hayrides, toasted marshmallows, Christmas lights and decorations, hot cocoa, holiday craft vendors and booths set up to help children create Christmas ornaments and write letters to Santa.

The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15 at the park, 6250 Hualapai Mountain Road. Visitors will pay the standard one-day admission fee of $7 per carload, or those with annual passes can show them at the gate. All activities, including visits with Santa, are included in the fee.

"It's kind of a big deal for the community," said Shawn Blackburn, administrator for the Mohave County Park Department. "When you have a population of about 35,000 in the area and 5,000 of them show up for Hualapai Wonderland, that says a lot about the event. It's all about the kids, and everyone always seems to be excited about it."

A popular Hualapai Christmas tradition continues with Redneck's BBQ, a holiday favorite as one of the event's food vendors. Also, this year, the park boasts 18 cabins decorated for the Christmas season by local business sponsors. The decorations can be viewed any day from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1.

The park will remain open during Hualapai Wonderland for all regular activities, including hiking, camping and cabin rentals.

For more information about the event, visit www.mcparks.com or call (928) 681-5700.



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