While Lake Havasu City is known for being a popular spring break destination, the city is a great (warm) reprieve during the winter while the rest of the country is dealing with cold temps. Not surprisingly, the hottest region in the country is ideal for snowbirds in search of a winter escape that won’t cost a fortune, require a passport, or take a long time to get to. Holidays in Lake Havasu typically mean that temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s, which is warm enough for any northerner to forget all about their wishes for a white Christmas. In fact, you can book a luxury Lake Havasu vacation rental with a pool (private and heated of course!) and spend your holidays swimming in a resort-like backyard oasis.
Here's a few suggestions on the best things to do in Lake Havasu in December:
Visit London Bridge
Lake Havasu City is a meticulously and pristinely master-planned city designed to be the ultimate adult playground. A great place to find holiday cheer in Havasu is the London Bridge, a popular area attraction purchased and transported brick by brick from the UK in an effort to get people to visit the desert. It worked and it’s now the second biggest tourist attraction in Arizona after the Grand Canyon. Since the Bridge’s opening, multiple restaurants and other area attractions have cropped up in the immediate vicinity, making it great place to spend an entire day.
Fun on the Water
Lake Havasu is the boating capital of the region, so exploring the Lake by boat is a great way to spend your holiday. It’s generally too cold to swim during the winter, but there are plenty of things to do on the water, including water sports, jet skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Replicas of more than 25 famous lighthouses from around the U.S. exist around the water, ready to visit and photograph. There are also multiple tour options, including with Sunset Charter & Tour Company, that can take you on a trip down the Colorado River on a custom pontoon boat they call their “limo on water.” It’s so much fun discovering hidden canyons, peeping wildlife, and taking in all the beautiful views.
Photo courtesy of Sunset Tour & Charter Co
Adventures on Land
With nearly 2,000 miles of off-road trails, Lake Havasu City’s is an absolute playground for four-wheelers, ATVers, UTVers, dirt bikers, and more. You can always find adventure with trails running up into the mountains, parallel to the highway, and out in the open desert. It’s common to see UTVs driving the downtown streets. The off-roading opportunities attract regular meetups and events like Desert Bash, a 60-mile Poker Run held in the area.
If you don’t own an off-road vehicle, there are many local companies you can rent one from and who also offer guided tours. If it’s your first-time off-roading, we suggest you go with someone who knows how to drive and navigate the backcountry. Bring warmer clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and ways to protect yourself from the sun! Temps may be cooler, but the shine shines all year round!
Take to the Skies
Have you ever seen a motorized hang glider? If not, you’re in for a treat! Hangin’ over Havasu offers scenic flights in an ultralight flying machine that goes slow and low for the best views of Lake Havasu that you can get anywhere. Experience the thrill of steering an aircraft with your fingertips and learn the basics of maneuvering one of these low-flying toys. It takes one ride to become a student pilot and fly with another person, then 15 hours to fly solo.
Photo courtesy of Sunset Tour & Charter Co
Explore the Region
Lake Havasu City is centrally located two and a half hours from Vegas, six hours from Los Angeles, three hours from Phoenix, and three and a half hours from the Grand Canyon, which means there are plenty of places to explore all around. Oatman is a quirky nearby day trip. The city was named after Olive Oatman, a girl who was kidnapped by Indians, tattooed on her face, and eventually rescued in a trade deal. The town provides reenactments and gunfights multiple times a day, not to be outdone by wild burros that roam the streets. You can feed and photograph them and the local souvenir shops sell bags of feed.
Holidays at Avalon Havasu
Avalon Havasu is a pet-friendly vacation rental home in Lake Havasu City, touting a private heated pool, spa, kids play structure, and firepit in its resort-like backyard. Touting six bedrooms (including two master suites), a casita, plenty of parking spaces, and two living and dining areas, multiple families or groups can stay at Avalon Havasu! This vacation home comes outfitted with plush linens, a fully-equipped kitchen, full-size toiletries, pantry staples, kid-friendly amenities, and everything else you’d expect in a home-away-from-home; truly the perfect backdrop to your December vacation in Lake Havasu. Book your stay today!