Hotel Colorado Holds Annual Festival of Lights
KREX News Room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - For the last 20 years, the historic Hotel Colorado has made it a point to celebrate the holidays in a big way, and this year's celebration was no exception.
Hundreds of folks shows up to see the hotel's courtyard lighting ceremony and the fireworks display that followed.
Leading up to the event there was live entertainment, intricate displays, cookies and warm drinks for everyone to enjoy.
Hotel officials say this was a tradition that started in effort to make the hotel more inclusive.
"It was rather exclusive and then when we got involved in the hotel almost 25 years ago, we wanted to have a gift that we give to the community each year and we started off very small and it's built every year since then. The community is very much a participant as well as a receiver of this gift," said David Storm, president of Providence Hospitality Partners.
Volunteers spend more than 2,000 hours each year setting up the display.
When the scenes are taken down the lights are tallied and hotel management say there's usually 250,000 used to complete the decorations.