And just like that, it’s Christmastime in the city

Posted 11/13/18

As I’m sitting here writing this column, the snow has been falling all day and I can hear the snowplows rumbling down the street. That song “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” keeps …

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And just like that, it’s Christmastime in the city

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As I’m sitting here writing this column, the snow has been falling all day and I can hear the snowplows rumbling down the street. That song “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” keeps running through my head and I actually wrote down a couple of ideas for my gift list tonight.

Yes, it is beginning to look a lot like a Colorado Christmas. Six inches of snow on the pine trees. But that’s probably not what it looked like in Bethlehem. Even though it’s in the desert, it actually does get a bit cold there at night and can even, rarely, snow lightly but it’s more likely to rain with a bit of frost in the morning. I looked it up on an Israel tourist info site. It says if you are planning a trip there for Christmas, bring a jacket. It doesn’t mention anything about a fur lined red suit or snow boots.

But around here seeing a good snowfall lets us know that the Holiday Season is upon us so it’s time to plan on making it to a few events coming up.

Here in our fair town we have an official annual event called An Olde Golden Christmas. This has been going on for over 30 years and it gets bigger and better every time. Now, while most cities and towns have some kind of event to mark the occasion, here in Golden we have things going on downtown for an entire month.

It all starts on Friday, Nov. 30 with the Candlelight Walk down Washington Avenue. Everyone gathers at the top of the hill in front of the Foothills Art Center at about 6 p.m. where they can sample some seasonal refreshments, courtesy of the Golden Lions Club, and get their candles lit or glow sticks cracked open. You can bring your own or purchase some from the Golden Chamber of Commerce who will be there selling them for $1.

Then at 6:30 p.m. Santa and his lovely wife lead the way in a nice little march through downtown singing Christmas carols. This is the part where people my age realize how many of those songs they have forgotten the words to. “ God rest ye merry gentlemen…something, something, whatever...” You might want to print out a couple of sheets of lyrics to bring with you or grab that song book off of your piano.

The procession ends in front of the visitor center where Mr. and Mrs. Claus join Emcee Joe Fowler, City Manager Jason Slowinski and Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan to flip the switch to light the lights all along Clear Creek, turning it into a true winter wonderland. There will also be fireworks launched from the Golden Hotel.

After all that you can stroll along Clear Creek. At 7 p.m. at the Rotary Amphitheatre on Destination Dance will perform under the direction of Collette Wagner. From 7 -9 p.m. the Golden History Museum & Park will host chestnut roasting, live blacksmithing, live music and singing, and dancing by Virtuosity Dance Center at the History Park. It makes for quite an entertaining evening for the entire family.

Parking can be found on 13th and Arapahoe, the parking garage on 13th and Jackson and 11th and Jackson, as well as street parking on streets surrounding Washington. Parking is free after 5 p.m. but you might want to get there early to find a spot. This event draws thousands of people.

Now, I mentioned that our official town celebration goes on all month and it does because we have not one, not two, but three Christmas Parades on Saturdays, December 1, 8 and 15. They kick off at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and of course, Santa Claus. The parades wind down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after including barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. It’s all presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce and goes on in rain, snow, or sunshine.

So, make your plans now. This is truly Golden’s “can’t miss” event of the season!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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