Entries in the third annual LoDo Aglow contest -- for which 22 businesses in lower downtown decorated their windows -- ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.
The really ridiculous. Who knew that one of Santa's elves was a pole dancer? But that was just one of the revelations in the over-the-top, silver-and-blue display at the Oxford Hotel, which took first prize.
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Other awards were snagged by Cry Baby Ranch in Larimer Square, which placed second with its smart, snappy taupe-and-black display. And then there was the elegant, restrained line of wreathes in architectural formation at the third-place winner, Shears Adkins. My personal favorite was the display at John Atencio in Larimer Square, true jewels that displayed gems from the store alongside TV tableaus.