Though it may be tempting to stay inside and watch holiday specials on YouTube, there's plenty to do in Denver this week between viewings of the Pete and Pete Christmas episode and the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. Our top three events include a concert with tacos, an evening of orchestral ... More >>
Update: PETA is still making problems for mall Santa and former Westword cover boy Bill Lee. Five days after calling him out for an incident in which his reindeer escaped from a Santa appearance in Dillon and had to be tracked down the next morning (get the details below), the animal rights organiz ... More >>
The results are in, and Denver Museum of Contemporary Art's Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas Live! has selected 12 performers who will rock the museum's modernist atrium throughout the holiday season. Each act earns a $50 honorarium as they compete f ... More >>
Work parties, especially around the holidays, can be awesome, or they can be full of awkward, even horrible, interactions. I recently attended a Westword fiesta that had a little bit of both. Mostly, it was great: free food and booze and plenty of chances to rub elbows with some of Denver's more int ... More >>
Etsy is a treasure trove of Colorado pride items, and we've highlighted some memorable ones in posts from January and March. And with the holiday shopping season officially launching this week, we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the latest and greatest, ranging from artwork made from di ... More >>
Bill Lee, the Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa charged with 32 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, has agreed to plead guilty to one of those counts. He's been granted a two-year deferred judgment, meaning that if he complies with a set of conditions for two years, he won't be convicted of any ... More >>
About a month ago, the government seized five tons of Colorado-grown plant life, and on December 4, members of Congress plan to light it up. No, not that kind of plant life. It's the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and although they won't have the munchies, those in attendance will cert ... More >>
It's not too surprising that there aren't a ton of culinary events this week; apart from the Colfax Crawl, everyone is gearing up for Christmas and New Year's Eve. And speaking of Christmas, several venues are hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals and parties; keep reading to see the ... More >>
Over the last few months, I went from the worst shape of my life to the best while continuing to eat like a food critic. Don't punch me in the face; instead, read how I did it in part seven of this series: There have been a few defiant (mostly ice cream-related) bumps in the road since I star ... More >>
I've seen the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of A Christmas Carol more than once, and as someone who was brought up on a diet of Mr. Magoo, Reginald Owen, that nice thick novel by Charles Dickens and, later, Bill Murray in Scrooged, I never tire of it: Well-played by the ensemble, with g ... More >>
Run run Rudolph!Caffe Boa, the restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, that served rrabbit at a very special Easter dinner, is at it again, with a multi-course, not-so-tasteful menu for Christmas that's a reindeer roundup. Chef Payton Curry claims that his holiday meal features reindeer not from the N ... More >>
"National Velvet" sculpture by John McEnroe, dressed for the holidays. The Christmas tree shape and Santa Claus color of John McEnroe's sculpture at the base of the Highland bridge almost demands that "National Velvet" be decorated for the holidays. Inspired by the sculpture's similarity to ... More >>
Photo courtesy Denver Int'l AirportIf you think about it, Santa is kind of like God: He's omniscient (he knows when you are sleeping), he's omnipresent (how else does he deliver presents to everyone except for kids in third-world countries all in one night?), not to mention he sits in judgmen ... More >>
We're all hearing a lot of talk this holiday season about shopping local and what it means to a community. But Talulah Jones shop owner Robin Lohre is doing more than that: Beginning December 1, Lohre will host a reception showcasing a different local artisan every night through Christmas Eve ... More >>
With only a few days to go until Christmas, it's time to 'fess up: Have you been naughty or nice? For your sake, here's hoping you've been good enough throughout the year to merit yourself worthy to partake of some seriously good juice between now and the new year. Read on for the continua ... More >>
Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through their lawn decorations... Holiday 2010: Santa Down! By day, the white electrical cords that power the lights of the holiday yard display pictured above look like an alien plant species that has slithered across the yard to strangle Santa Claus an ... More >>
Home for the holidays!As estranged family members start trickling into town this weekend for the holidays, chances are you're looking for something to do to show off this great city. You're probably also trying to do it on the cheap so you can save up for some awesome last minute gifts (or pa ... More >>
Bree DaviesThe Aspen Grove Santa is a wandering one. Luckily, he's trailed by gaggle of carolers -- dressed like real-life, Disney-like Dickens characters, no less -- so he's easy to track down along the sidewalks of the outdoor shopping and "LifeStyle Center." I found him taking a break on a ... More >>
The Chipmunks singing holiday tunes is funny -- one time, once a year. Other than that, Christmas music has the tendency to suck, grating on our ears as we converge on shopping malls and Starbucks, waiting for the snow that never seems to be coming. Luckily, local musicians Dan Craig and Jess ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about the annual protest stirred by the Nativity Scene at Denver's City & County Building prompted a funny comment from one reader, who likens the display to a certain Chevy Chase movie -- one also referenced last week in our post about resident Alek Komarnitsky web-co ... More >>
Temple Micah, 2600 Leyden Street, will host its annual Top Latke Cook-Off and Chanukah Party, featuring a silent auction, kids' activities and the ever-popular latke cook-off, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight. For more info, call 303-388-4239 or go to www.micahdenver.org. For information on dozen ... More >>
Big pics below.Alek Komarnitsky loves Christmas -- and he's managed to spread his affection for the holiday planet-wide, thanks to Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease, a web page that allows surfers across the globe to view and actually control his display of 20,000 lights ... More >>
Susan Boyle's number two is a very special gift.It's officially the Holiday season, which is why Poptimystic is finally ready to address the Christmas albums on the charts. Even though they've been there for at least three weeks. Two of Billboard's top ten albums are seasonal, and Billboard, ... More >>
Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a drag. You just have to know where to look. There are two big reasons why we're already thinking about it seriously this year: First, this gift-getting season could go down in the books as the earliest commercial shopping blitz in history. The door-buste ... More >>
We about lost our shit this past weekend when, while meandering the aisles of a downtown specialty store, we felt our ears assaulted with -- wait for it -- Christmas carols. Despite the 75-degree temps Denver's seen lately, ready or not, the 2010 holiday party season is upon us, which means ... More >>
Take something handmade home for the holidays.
Consider the alternative at 3 Kings.
Dan Hicks celebrates a crazy Christmas.
The DCTC offers theater fit for the season.
The Fort's farolitos come out to play.
My Letter to Santa