Olde Golden Christmas

On Friday, December 2, 2016, thousands of celebrants will usher in the Christmas season the old fashioned way by walking together from the Foothills Art Center to 10th and Washington, carrying candles, singing carols and sipping hot cider. The crowd will gather at 6:00 o'clock in the evening at the Foothills Art Center at 15th and Arapahoe Streets, where the Golden Chamber of Commerce will be selling candles. At 6:30 Santa Clause will lead the assemblage, with candles in hand, down the Washington Avenue hill and through downtown Golden.

At the visitors center, there is expected to be caroling, free Christmas cookies, cider, reindeer, puppets and eggnog. In Parfet Park (across from the visitors center), entertainers will sing and dance, and sometime after 7 o'clock, Golden's Mayor, assisted by Santa Claus and a lucky Golden child, will throw a magic switch to light thousands of holiday lights along Clear Creek.

On the avenue, there will be a host of collateral events before, during and after the candlelight procession. Businesses will sponsor special events along the way, and some downtown museums will offer extended hours and free admission during the evening.

The Golden History Center at 923 10th Street will offer free admission to its new exhibit, Epic Events; there will be roasted chestnuts and warm cider in the Clear Creek History Park, where the Pearce/Phelps cabin will be open and decorated in period style right down to goodies baking in the cabin's wood-fired oven. Just follow your nose down the Clear Creek Trail from the History Center, across the Billie Drew foot bridge and into the park.

Candlelight Walk at the Visitors CenterSanta and the reindeer fly over the Howdy Sign to celebrate an Olde Golden Christmas