It’s not Christmas in Golden without Santa sightings, parades and a dazzling display of downtown lights. Get in the holiday spirit all monthlong with these time-honored traditions.
Finish your last-minute holiday shopping by scouting the stalls of more than 100 local artists hawking their wares—from fine ceramics, jewelry and paintings to photography, woodworking, seasonal items and more. It’s the ultimate shop local experience. Admission is free.
Daily through December 30 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Foothills Art Center – 809 15th St
Watch a festive cast of characters (including cowboys on horses, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his Corvette and Santa himself) parade down Washington Avenue. Afterwards, take advantage of a free hayride with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of Goldmine Cupcakes. No two parades are alike—come for them all.
Saturdays through December 16 | 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
1010 Washington Avenue
Holiday Carriage Rides
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides as you admire the beautiful Victorian homes down the backstreets of historic downtown, courtesy of Clear Creek Carriage Company.
Saturdays and Sundays through December 16 | 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Pick up on 12th Street, between Washington and Arapahoe
Stalk Santa’s every move as he combs the streets of Golden all holiday season.
Saturdays through December 22
This annual tradition is a hilarious adaptation of the Dickens classic in five rapid-fire acts, using only a few actors, simple props and the power of your imagination.
Through December 23
Miners Alley Playhouse – 1224 Washington Avenue
Shop the stores late as participating Golden merchants extend their hours to offer patrons special sales, refreshments holiday entertainment.
December 8 | 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Historic Downtown Golden, South Golden Road and North Golden
Feel like a kid again by immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the classic children’s tale. Hop on the Polar Express as it steams into the Colorado Railroad Museum and journeys through the North Pole to give Santa a lift. Afterwards, make a night out of it by strolling through the lights along Clear Creek and dining on Washington Avenue.
Through December 23
Colorado Railroad Museum – 17155 W. 44th AvenueTags: activities, Golden, local events, seasonal