Golden Elf Academy


Get sworn in by Santa himself as one of his official Golden Elves at the annual Golden Elf Academy! This event is hosted every December by The Golden Hayride and Gold Mine Cupcakes.

At The Golden Elf Academy, you 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!

The event takes place in the atrium lobby of Marquez Hall on the campus of Colorado School of Mines. The address is 1600 Arapahoe Street in Golden.

The event is recommended for ages 10 and under. Toddlers must have a parent or guardian present. Adults do not need a ticket, but may purchase an extra cupcake to decorate for $5 (per cupcake).

Extra ELF perks:

*All Golden Elf Academy graduates will be invited to march as an elf with a parent or guardian in one of the Olde Golden Christmas Parades!

STAY TUNED for 2021 Golden Elf Academy dates!

Call 303-277-9222 or email with any questions. Make sure to “like” Gold Mine Cupcakes and The Golden Hayride on Facebook and follow them on Instagram to stay in the loop leading up to the event!