Olde Golden Christmas: Lights, Parades and More!

For this year’s holiday season, Golden is going backwards. Back to a simpler time of strong family traditions and small town holiday celebrations. The authentic and historic main street of Golden will be the festive location for Olde Golden Christmas, a month long celebration including a candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, holiday art market, live theater, a dazzling light display along Clear Creek, Santa encounters, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, shopping, dining, and so much more. Enjoy free parking every day in Golden. (Photos provided by Dave Powers.)

Holiday Lights

Golden will be brighter than ever this year, with holiday lights along Washington Avenue, Clear Creek and Clear Creek History Park. Thousands of holiday lights will illuminate the historic buildings and park – inside and out – for a festive place to make new memories. Enjoy the lights nightly at dusk. Free and open to the public.

Candlelight Walk

Start the season of lights at this free community event presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce. On December 2nd, gather at 6 pm at 15th and Arapahoe Streets, for caroling and pictures with Santa. The walk begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 10th and Washington for the lighting of Clear Creek. Don’t miss this annual special event.

Holiday Parades

Experience Golden’s lively holiday parades on Saturdays Dec. 3, 10, and 17. The free holiday parades start 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 parade winds down Washington Avenue from 10th Street to 13th Street with lots of activities before and after including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. The parades will also feature music groups, local nonprofits, Golden businesses and more.

Visit Downtown Golden as it becomes Holiday Center with traditional decorations and fun family events. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa, live musical performances, holiday craft workshops, sales, and more during Olde Golden Christmas. Create new memories while experiencing an authentic holiday in Golden Colorado. For a full list of holiday activities, click here. Happy Holidays!