Friendsmas 2012

This year’s Friendsmas was located in Boulder (last year was Denver) and was hosted by Megan.  She recently bought her first condo so she was excited to show everyone her new place and decorated accordingly.


Her tree was so festive and fit perfectly in her place.  She and I used to argue when we lived together because she prefers silver décor while I am partial to gold so now we can both decorate to our hearts content for the holidays Smile.


We all sign up to bring food and drinks (I brought my Pesto Caprese Pizza) and we always end up with so much stuff!

(Recycled photo from last year)

Denver was a success last year and we saw lots of great lights before having several displays turned off right in front of us.  Our hopes were high since the majority of us grew up in Boulder and are more familiar where the “good houses” are located.  We were really hoping for displays that looked like these from last year.

Unfortunately, the best display that we saw ended up being this one (below).  We saw a couple of pretty good houses, but then instead of sticking with the preplanned tour, we decided to strike out on our own and ended up doing a lot of driving and very little light seeing.  Next year hopefully we will hit the road earlier so that people haven’t started turning off their displays yet like the past couple years.


Either way, it was blast just to be hanging out with friends and partaking in a mobile dance party as usual.  We ended up having the same driver as last year and he was very flexible about doing whatever we asked of him.  Before long we had the music bumping, cocktails flowing, and no one seemed to mind that we weren’t seeing as many lights as planned.


Just a quick note about this company… They do public tours, where you pay for your seat, and they also do private parties, where you rent out the whole bus.  There were about 25 of us, I believe, and we each paid $25 which included the tip for our driver.  Alcohol is welcome on both the private and public tours and around the fall season, they do haunted tours of both Denver and Boulder.  I have done the haunted tour in Denver before and our driver was extremely knowledgeable and fun.  I definitely recommend checking this out if you’re ever visiting Boulder or are thinking of a fun night out with friends.


After our bus portion was over, the driver dropped us off in downtown Boulder to hit up the bars.  I was already pretty exhausted so we collected everyone else’s leftover liquor and water bottles and headed home but I am sure that the rest of the group had a great time and shut down the bars like we did last year.


I’m hoping that this tradition continues for years to come because it is a great way to see all of our friends who may just be visiting home for a couple days now that we are all spread out across the country.  This way you get to see everyone at once, have a great time, and not worry about scheduling out visits for several days.  Happy Friendsmas!


Do you have any traditions with your friends, holiday or otherwise?

Where are your favorite light displays?

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