Shiny things are good. Do some last-minute shopping and ogle some baubles at Elements Art Gallery (2616 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 1), where Shiny Things is going on through the end of the month. This show is an eclectic blend of abstract art and art jewelry by Marti Powell, Maryse Levenson, Alicia Griggs, Tish Lacey Reed and Liz Jensen. Get your glimmer on and make haste to elementsartgallery.com or call 633-3899 for more.
Kick off the holiday weekend with a date night, plant-style, at Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York St., Denver), where Blossoms of Light is a-shimmerin' and a-photosynthesizin'. Over a million lights draped in elegant designs illuminate the Gardens' bevy of plants, flowers and hardscapes. To prime you for the snogging, mistletoe arrangements are placed strategically at the most romantic spots. Entertainment tonight includes Variations Jazz Band and the Loper Caroling Group. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for youth, seniors or adult members, and $4 for senior or youth members. Blossoms of Light is running through Jan. 22. For more, head over to denverbotanicgardens.org or call 720/865-3500.
Theatreworks is nothing if not right on time this year, mounting its productions of A Christmas Carol and The Santaland Diaries in December, as opposed to, say, over Labor Day weekend. That said, spend your Christmas Eve in a way-appropriate manner with Theatreworks' last showing of A Christmas Carol. It's bound to be a night chock-full of redemption, lessons, love and a full-on topless chorus line, although the last bit simply may be wishful thinking. Tickets for the 7:30 show are $22 in advance or $25 at the door, and $12 for kids 16 and under. It's going on at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive). For more, hit up uccstheatreworks.com or call 262-3232.
I'll be spending Christmas in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes and countless Scandinavians gulping lutefisk. Think of me today by attending Julotta at Bethany Lutheran Church (1401 S. 8th St.) this morning at 6. In full Swedish form, Bethany Lutheran is hosting the traditional early Christmas service ("Julotta" means "early Christmas morning," natch), complete with Scandinavian music, Scripture readings in Swedish and Scandinavian refreshments following the service. Yum! It is, of course, free and open to the public. For more, call the church at 632-9017.
Beat that post-holidays malaise by getting to 15C (15 E. Bijou St., Suite C), where you can slurp on some suds, ogle some hotties and -- most importantly -- take in Refrigerator Gold, the new collection of pop-surrealist works by local artist Marc Huebert. It's a fun show, with Huebert's neatly commingled artistic bravado and delicacy, and if you drink enough, the paintings might just come alive and perform a monologue from Titus. Seriously. It's staying up until Jan. 18. For more information, call 210-9799.
Macabees, schmacabees. Nothin' says Chanukah quite like a giant menorah made of ice, and you can get in on the frostiness this evening at the Chapel Hills Mall ice rink, where the Honorable Mayor Lionel Rivera is photo-oppin' and assisting in the lighting of a 500-pound ice menorah. Along with the lighting are skating, plenty of Chanukah food and presentation of the newly released documentary One. It's going on from 5:30 to 7:30; call 634-2345 for more information.
Tonight through Jan. 7, the Manitou Art Theater presents Cirkoo on Tour, a fte of organization goofiness and clowning featuring Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree. You can expect a great deal of silliness (and even tomfoolery) at this for-the-whole- family circus o'sweet. It's going on tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the theater (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Tickets are $8. For reservations or more information, visit themat.org or call 685-4729.
-- Aaron Retka