Reader Says: Denver Doesn't Have to Do Garish, Tasteless and Riotous

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And that means that people will be heading downtown to look at all the lights; the city will switch on the annual extravaganza at 6 p.m. today, and it will continue downtown through the new year -- and at the Denver City and County Building through the end of January, until the National Western Stock Show leaves town. This year's display is the culmination of a trend that began a century ago, when the first illuminated outdoor Christmas tree was created in Denver. But traditional doesn't equal tasteful.

See also: Denver Showed It Had the Light Stuff a Century Ago, With the First Christmas Tree

Says Robert Chase:

Denver doesn't have to do garish, tasteless, and riotous; we could opt for restrained, beautiful, and subtle instead. Ditch the ugly floodlights and the giant boxes; try substituting small lights and living trees.

What do you think of the lights on the Denver City and County Building? The display on the steps? And will you be headed to the Grand Illumination tonight? Post your thoughts below.

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