The holiday spirit is growing here in Golden and events are in full swing. If you missed the opening of Olde Golden Christmas last week, be sure to head downtown sometime soon and take a look at all …
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The holiday spirit is growing here in Golden and events are in full swing. If you missed the opening of Olde Golden Christmas last week, be sure to head downtown sometime soon and take a look at all the beautiful lights along Clear Creek. It’s a great treat and one of the places you will want to take your out-of-town visitors to see. It’s truly magical there at night.Of course we have the weekly Saturday events including parades and great local shopping. A few things I want to mention are that there will be free Hay Rides with Santa, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Newfoundland Dog Cart Rides happening as part of our town’s celebrations.All of those will take place on the next two Saturdays, December 14 and 21, and the Horse Drawn Carriage Rides will also be happening on Sunday, Dec. 15.Newfoundlands are those big black dogs that look like St. Bernards. Ok, they are usually black, but there are a couple of color variations. I don’t want to be getting letter of correction from the breeders association or something. Anyway, they are really big dogs. But not quite big enough to pull a cart full of adults, so these rides are just for kids. You will find them along Washington Avenue from noon-2 p.m. after the parades. The rides are free, but any donations you can give will go to support the Golden Fire Department.The Horse Drawn Carriage rides will also take place following the Saturday parades with the additional afore mentioned Sunday in the mix and those depart from 12th Street between Washington Avenue and Arapahoe Street, by the side of the Old Capitol Grill. They run from noon until 3 p.m..The Hayrides with Santa are presented by Golden Cupcakes after the parades as well and they depart from outside their store at 700 12th Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..Yes, Virginia, there is an Elf AcademyYou didn’t know that, did you? Becoming one of Santa’s elves doesn’t just happen, they have to go through a special training program and if you have kids that would like to participate in a special introductory lesson, then the Golden Elf Academy is the place to take them.This is a special event sponsored by Golden Cupcakes and Golden Hayrides. It will be taking place on Sunday, December 15 at Marquez Hall, 1600 Arapahoe Street on the Colorado School of Mines campus.There will be two classes, one from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and another from 11 a.m.- noon.Kids can decorate a cupcake with Mrs. Claus, enjoy crafting activities with the elves, play Christmas carols in the Elf Kazoo Band, take photos with a real life Elf on a Shelf, and learn an Elf Christmas Dance from Santa’s elves.This event is recommended for ages 10 and under and tickets run $18 per child. Please note that toddlers must have a parent or guardian present. Adults don’t need a ticket, but may purchase an extra cupcake to decorate, if they feel creative, for $5 per cupcake.All Golden Elf Academy graduates will be invited to march as an elf with a parent or guardian in the Saturday December 21 Olde Golden Christmas Parade at 11am. They should wear their best elf costume and Meet Santa’s Elves in the parking lot of the Golden Visitor's Center to line up at 10:30am for the parade with their kazoos too. For more information call (303) 277-9222 or send an Email to email@example.com.Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His new novel, “Charon’s Blade,” is available at Amazon.com, on Kindle, or through MichaelJAlcorn.com.” His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.
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