Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Denver Nativity Scene: Jesus, Mary and Joseph will have short stay at City and County Building

Just as traditional as its tackiness is the duration of the annual holiday display at the Denver City and County Building: Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and that weird Santa Helper Hoedown always stick around through the Stock Show, to stun and amaze every visitor to town. But not this year.

Although the lights -- an LED set that was installed last year -- will remain on until after January 23, when the Stock Show ends, this display on the front steps will disappear after January 15. According to Suzi Latona, city facilities manager, that's to make way for Denver Big Air, the snow show that is coming to Civic Center Park January 25-26.

Too bad: We'd love to know what the hipsters heading to Big Air would make of Denver's annual orgy of bad taste, a conglomeration of kitsch that satisfies all legal requirements, but very few aesthetic ones.

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive: "Denver Nativity Scene: What grinch stole this Christmas mural?"

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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