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Celebrate the Season in Golden!
Every year during the holiday season, Golden takes a step back to a simpler time of strong family traditions and small-town holiday celebrations. Historic downtown Golden will be the central festive location for Olde Golden Christmas, a city-wide celebration that includes the traditional Candlelight Walk, Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market, live theater, a dazzling light display along Clear Creek and Parfet Park, visits with Santa, shopping, dining and three Holiday Parades! For a full list of events, go to VisitGolden.com
The 2019 Candlelight Walk begins at 6:30 at Washington at 15th Street, in front of the Foothills Art Center. Gather beginning at 5:30, Santa will lead the walk down the hill. Candles will be available for purchase ($1) along Washington Avenue and at the Visitor Center. The Golden Lions Club will be serving hot beverages at the top of the hill and at the Visitor Center parking lot at 10th and Washington. Stay for the countdown to the annual "Lighting of the Lights" with Mayor Marjorie Sloan, as with the flip of a switch, the holiday lights will dazzle all along the creek. A short fireworks display from the roof of the Golden Hotel will follow. Wander along Clear Creek to the History Park and sample a roasted chestnut, or stop in at the Golden History Museum to hear cheery holiday music. The Golden Library will have crafts and entertainment provided by the Rocky Mountain Ukelele Orchestra playing holiday favorites from 7 - 8 pm.
Enjoy three Holiday Parades on December 7th, 14th and 21st, starting at 11 am at 10th and Washington. Come early and get a good spot along the Avenue. Parades go south on Washington and turn on 13th Street.
If you haven't visited recently, there are several projects on GuidingGolden.com actively looking for feedback right now. If you've never visited the site before, we recommend starting with our Welcome to Guiding Golden page to get an overview of the site, then moving on to the projects that interest you.
Tobacco and Vaping Ordinance
City Council is currently considering Ordinance 2118 regarding the regulation of nicotine and tobacco products and will conduct a final hearing on the ordinance on December 12. Keep informed on the issue, ask a question and leave a comment!
West Downtown Neighborhood Plan
An initial draft of the the West Downtown Neighborhood Plan has been completed. Over the next few weeks, the Planning Division will be accepting comments regarding the draft and will work to incorporate them before the final draft is reviewed by Planning Commission and City Council.
DeLong Park Planning
Ever wanted to design your own park? Now's your chance! City staff is seeking guidance on what amenities the community would like to see featured in the park currently being planned at 395 23rd Street.
Transportation Master Plan
The initial draft of the Transportation Master Plan, which will provide a long-term multimodal transportation vision for the City of Golden is complete. "Cruise" over to Guiding Golden to see the draft and let us know what you think!
Prioritizing our Community's Sustainability Initiatives
Last year, the Golden community weighed in on updating the 10-year old Sustainability Goals, and Golden adopted new goals this past February. Now we need your help again to prioritize the great ideas for projects and policies that came from the community.
You'll find all of these projects (and more!) at GuidingGolden.com.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!