Yes, tonight’s the night we’ve all been waiting for: the Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk. If you’ve never participated, you’re in for a treat! We all join together to walk down Washington Avenue with one voice to celebrate the joy of the season while holding light that symbolizes harmony and hope.
If you’re a veteran participant, then you know that following the Walk, there is something for everyone, from music and dance to chestnuts, hot chocolate, cookies, cider and hot mead, along with reindeer, books to browse, and/or a quiet stroll along the brilliantly-lit creek. Check out the calendar below for more information about these events. The gathering starts at 6:00 p.m. at 15th and Arapahoe Streets where you can get a hot beverage and purchase a candle for 50 cents. Bundle up and join the fun! You’ll be glad you did.
If you prefer something indoors, you can head over to the American Mountaineering Center for the Backcountry Film Festival and travel around the globe from your comfy seat in the Foss Auditorium. The 90-minute program starts at 7:00 p.m.
If you have a bit of cabin fever from staying inside yesterday, take the little ones to the Lookout Mountain Nature Center for some craft time this morning. Nature’s Gifts is a two-hour program for your young naturalist (ages 2 to 8 with an adult) to have some fun making nature-related holiday crafts…..could be the perfect gift for Grandma and Grandpa! No registration is required, and suggested donation is $3 per child. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers. You can watch it on cable channel 8 or through the City’s website.
Foothills Art Center - Foot x Foot
Art students from Jefferson County Public Schools took a “big idea” and from that created works that are one foot by one foot. These pieces, along with the idea that inspired the work, will be on display in the Community Gallery through December 27, starting today.
Golden High School - Student Art Sale
Art students from photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, and painting classes at Golden High School will be selling their pieces at the Art Department’s first annual Holiday Student Art Sale this afternoon. Sponsored by the Golden Rotary Foundation, 10% of every sale will go towards the GHS Backpack Program. Artwork will be available for purchase in the Cafeteria after school at 2:30 until 7:00 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to buy unique gifts created locally by very talented young artists while supporting a great community cause.
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If you’ve been downtown at night over the past couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed that the holiday lights have been proliferating! One striking new addition this year are the snowflakes on the Washington Avenue bridge over Clear Creek.
The full complement of lights won’t be illuminated till this Friday night, at the annual Candlelight Walk. The Mayor will flip a ceremonial switch, and at that time, all the lights along the creek will come on. Plan to be there, starting at 6PM!
Here’s a little-known fact: during the month-long Olde Golden Christmas celebration, we have free carriage rides on Sundays as well as Saturdays. On Sundays, you’ll find little or no line, so it’s a great day to go downtown for a carriage ride! You’ll find the carriages at 12th and Washington, alongside the Olde Capitol Grill.
Olde Golden Christmas kicks off today, with a parade at 11 AM on Washington Avenue. Since this is Small Business Saturday, today’s parade includes lots of Golden’s small businesses. The Grand Marshals will be the 2014 Golden Cultural Alliance Sweetheart, Barbara Haywood, as well as Forever Sweethearts, Hal and Helen Leith.
Come downtown early, and bring a Christmas stocking. Many of the merchants are participating in “Santa’s Stocking Shuffle.” If you come in before the parade with a stocking, they’ll give you a small gift, candy, or a coupon. Check the list to see which merchants are participating.
After the parade, stick around for free carriage rides and Newfoundland dog cart rides. Meet Santa Claus at Avenue Gifts (bring your camera)!
At 1 PM, the Foss family will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their building at 13th and Washington. The Foss Drug Store stood there for more than 90 years, and now it is the home of eleven small businesses. Help them celebrate, and afterwards, tour the building!
From 10-2, local author Coni Billings will be signing copies of her latest book, Redemption’s Bell. This historical novel is set in pioneer-era Golden!
The Golden Community Cinema will be showing Hook tonight at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th St.) at 7PM. Admission is $5.
If you’re longing to do some Black Friday shopping, several chain stores in Golden are running sales: Home Depot, Kohl’s, Petco, Golfsmith, Walgreens, RadioShack, and Big 5 Sporting Goods.
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If you’re looking for an outing today, you can visit the Buffalo Bill Museum. They’ll be open from 9 till 2. Happy Thanksgiving!
The weather forecast calls for lovely weather over the next several days. If you have visitors in for the holiday, show them the city by taking one of our Walking Tours. If you’d rather spend some time enjoying nature, try some of our 20 miles of trails.