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"You definitely would expect snowflakes up here," said Schooler.

But he and around 150 volunteers have a lot of decorations to put up.

They're getting the Hotel Colorado dressed up for the holidays. General Manager Larry MacDonald says it's a tradition.

"David Storm started the lighting ceremony probably 17 years ago," said MacDonald.

Over the years it has grown and grown and grown, to the point that now there are nearly one million lights hanging in and out of the hotel.

"It's quite the undertaking. There are over 900,000 lights on the building and internally, there are about 76 different sets," said MacDonald.

The day after Thanksgiving around 4,000 people will gather to see the lights turned on, making it the largest light display on the Western Slope.

"This is definitely second to none on the Western Slope," said MacDonald.

Decorating duty this year has added significance because even if the weather is warm and mild, at least the hotel will look like a winter wonderland.

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