Holidays

Six Places to Get Your Ugly Sweater On...and Where to Find Something Hideous to Wear

Ugly Christmas sweaters are big. Really big. That's partly because we are all becoming punch drunk with the holiday spirit, having been bombarded with sappy Christmas music and deals, deals, deals! -- ad nauseum -- for the last couple of weeks, since the 21st century modern world can't reconcile the seasonal rat race with our helpless longing for dying traditions. Or maybe we just want to have fun -- as the Ladies Fancywork Society did last week with a certain bison parked in front of History Colorado (shown above, or drive by and see for yourself).

Here are six places where you can indulge your ugly sweater fetish around Denver as Christmas creeps ever closer.

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6) Show Me YOUR Denver Gift Exchange CSU Denver 410 17th Street, Suite 450, 2nd Floor Meeting Space 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 17 Free, by reservation

CityBuild, a group of creatives dedicated to fostering collaboration and idea-sharing in the local community, puts a different spin on the holiday mixer with this Denver-centric gift exchange. Ugly sweaters are welcome, but the organizers hope guests will further localize their gear by wearing Denver-themed garb. Bring a gift that represents why you love our city to trade with a complete stranger; everyone will be asked to elaborate on how and why they selected their gifts. You might make a new friend!

5) Santa's Big Red Sack Avenue Theater 7:30 p.m. December 18 through 20 4 p.m. December 21 Admission: $23.50 to $26.50 303-321-5925

Billed as the "holiday show you shouldn't take your kids to," Dave Shirley's Santa's Big Red Sack, a funny, sketch-comedy-based holiday staple at the Avenue for six years, ends its 2014 run this coming weekend. Where does the ugly sweater come in? Wear one to the performance, and you'll receive a special holiday gift bag along with the laughs. Tickets are flying like Santa's sleigh; reserve ASAP.

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