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A Golden New Year

Lots of fun offerings around town to start year off right


Among its bars, breweries and restaurants, Golden offers many fun ways for night owls to ring in the New Year.

But there’s also fun events going on throughout the weekend for those looking to celebrate in a way that does not involve staying up until midnight.

Noon Year’s Eve

It may not be exactly like celebrating the New Year in Times Square in New York, but for Golden kids, it’s just as fun. And they don’t have stay up until midnight.

The Golden Library, 1019 10th St., plans its third Noon Year’s Eve Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 30.

“It’s a blast,” said Melody Garcia, the Golden Library’s kids and families’ librarian. “The kids really get into the festivities.”

This year, the event is taking place a day early, on Saturday, rather than on New Year’s Eve because of the library’s Sunday hours.

“We like to countdown to noon,” Garcia said, adding that the library doesn’t open until noon on Sundays.

But all the entertainment will be the same — crafts, a countdown, balloon drop and bubble wrap fireworks.

All kids should come to the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, said Brennan Butler, 8, who has attended the event for the past two years.

It’s fun, he added, because “I like balloons and popping bubble wrap.” And that’s something he can’t do at home because it scares the dog, he said.

All ages are welcome, but the targeted age group is preschoolers to fifth graders, Garcia said.

Registration is required because of capacity restrictions. Registration can be done on the library’s website or by calling the library.

In addition to the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, that day’s storytime will also feature a New Year’s theme. Storytime is offered from 10:15-10:45 a.m. This event is for babies, preschoolers, toddlers and their parents. It is first come, first served, so it is recommended to arrive a early to ensure a spot.

The New Year’s celebrations at the library is something the entire family can enjoy and get into the celebratory mood, Garcia said. Plus, she added, it’s a great way to teach children about what it means to start a new year.

“It’s a learning opportunity,” Garcia said, “as well as a fun way to celebrate together as a family.”

Ring in the New Year Ramble

People love walking around Golden, so what better way to ring in the New Year than a stroll along Clear Creek.

“We walk, and we’ll jingle as we go,” said Saoirse Charis-Graves, an organizer of the Ring in the New Year Ramble. “We’re ringing in the new year.”

Walk2Connect’s annual Ring in the New Year Ramble takes place at 1 p.m. to about 3 p.m. Jan. 1 with the meetup spot being Parfet Park, which is located at 10th Street and Washington Avenue in Golden. The event is a casual walkabout along Clear Creek for people of all ages and most abilities.

There’s only two rules, said Betty Payte, a Golden resident who has been putting on a Wednesday morning community walk for a little over three years. The rules are: have fun, “which is our major reason for doing it,” Payte said, and be safe.

Ring in the New Year Ramble is a free, family-friendly event. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. All participants must sign Walk2Connect’s welcome waiver, either online, or in-person at the event.

Ring in the New Year Ramble will offer two simultaneous walks. Neither are fitness walks, Charis-Graves said. “You’ll be able to walk alongside others and have conversation.”

One walk is a conversational pace. This is about a three-mile distance and the pace is a moderate level of difficulty. The other option is a gentle walk at a slightly shorter distance and a slower pace. The gentle walk is stroller and wheelchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome, as long as they can get along with other dogs and people and remain on a six-foot, non-retractable leash.

Along the walk, organizers will talk about the history of Golden and will provide some fun facts about the area. People are welcome to bring a small rock with them to toss into Clear Creek to make a New Year’s wish or resolution, Charis-Graves said.

People should dress appropriately for the weather. Attendees should also bring their own water. A limited amount of small jingle bells will be available, but anybody is welcome to bring their own.

For the past couple of years, the Ring in the New Year Ramble has attracted about 75 or 80 people from all over the metro area, Charis-Graves said. And this year’s crowd is expected to be about the same.

A walk into the New Year can get you feeling good and happy about what’s to come, Payte said. Many of the attendees come because it’s a fun way to spend the first day of the New Year with family and/or friends. But it also offers a great opportunity to make new friends, she added.

“Walking and talking is important because it’s a joining,” Payte said. “It’s about people having fun together.”


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