Despite cold and windy weather, hundreds of people gathered at The Green on 38th Avenue for the Wheat Ridge Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. Described by organizer, Beth June as a Hallmark-movie type of event, it featured an abundance of holiday-themed activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, crafts, s’mores and refreshments, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
The sense of community is what draws many out to this annual tradition hosted by Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation. This year, the celebratory atmosphere yielded temporarily to honor the recent death of a beloved community member, Peter Arguello, who owned Peter Damian Fine Jewelry and Antiques. A vigil held at Arguello’s shop, located across the street from The Green served to deepen the sense of togetherness as people gathered to pay tribute.
“I love this celebration so much,” said Jane Glenn who attended the event with her husband and two young children. “I cherish that everything is free so everybody can enjoy the rides, treats, and crafts. It’s an inclusive and joyful environment, and to me, that’s the key to making everyone feel like they’re actually part of a community when they’re here.”