Golden begins Christmas festivities with a bang

Posted 12/7/15

I’m going to start this week’s column off with something I rarely do and that’s talk about an event that has already happened. I just want to say a few words about this year’s Olde Golden Christmas event that happened last week on Friday …

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Golden begins Christmas festivities with a bang

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I’m going to start this week’s column off with something I rarely do and that’s talk about an event that has already happened. I just want to say a few words about this year’s Olde Golden Christmas event that happened last week on Friday night.

If you missed it, well …You really missed something amazing! The weather was crisp but clear and the turnout had to be 8-10,000 people. The candlelight walk spread out for blocks, the crowd were all in a happy and festive mood and all the venues who participated were in full bloom. The volunteers were fantastic and considering just how many people were here, everything went off like clockwork. When the switch was flipped and the lights went on, it was magical.

The fireworks display was the highlight of the evening and what a great show it was! I don’t think I have ever seen that many people just smiling and enjoying themselves at an event.

I want to give a huge thanks and round of applause to the Golden Chamber of Commerce and the City of Golden for putting on the best Olde Golden Christmas event ever, and I have been to almost every one of them through the years. You really should be proud.

Now, for those of you who missed it or for those who just didn’t get enough, remember that for two more Saturdays, December 12 and 19, the celebration continues downtown. There will be the Olde Golden Holiday Parades at 11 a.m., “What the Dickens” Victorian Carolers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holiday Hayrides noon to 1 p.m. and Newfoundland Dog Cart Rides from noon to 3 p.m. All the downtown merchants will be open and ready to help you find those perfect gifts for everyone on your list as well, so take a day and check out what you can find by shopping local.

There are a lot of fun events associated with Olde Golden Christmas and presented by various merchants and restaurants. For the complete calendar of these events go to the Golden Chamber of Commerce website at goldencochamber.org.

Also, the lights will be on at the Clear Creek History Park and along Clear Creek every night as well. Admission to the History Park will be free for this event so bring your visiting friends and family downtown to see something special this Holiday season.

The Nutcracker revisited

While you are planning a Saturday trip to downtown Golden you might want to include some live theater in your afternoon plans. Miner’s Alley Playhouse will be presenting it’s own rendition of The Story of the Nutcracker for the next two Saturdays, December 12 and 19, as well.

Now, this is a little different than going to see the classic ballet. It’s an interactive theater production designed for kids and gives them a chance to become a part of the story. It’s presented as a part of their Youth Education Theater Incentive (YETI) program and has been adapted for the stage by Rory Pierce.

Showtime is 1 p.m., so it coincides nicely with the rest of the Saturday downtown activities. Tickets run $10 and you can get them in advance at minersalley.com or just purchase them at the door.

Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden. That’s in the back of the old Foss Building on the corner of 13th and Washington. For more information give them a call at (303) 935-3044.

‘Tis the Season, so enjoy your Holidays here in Golden, it really is a fantastic place to be!

John Akal, Avenue Flashes, Golden, Candlelight Walk, Nutcracker

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