Workers install a giant red Christmas ornaments outside the front lawn of the Omni Dallas Hotel late Tuesday evening on Nov. 15, 2016. 

Workers install a giant red Christmas ornaments outside the front lawn of the Omni Dallas Hotel late Tuesday evening on Nov. 15, 2016. 

Rose Baca/Staff Photographer

Before Santa Claus takes his perch at NorthPark Center, before Neiman Marcus' exquisite window displays go up, you'll know it's Christmastime if you look at another landmark: the Omni Dallas. The light-up hotel's signature Christmas ornaments have taken their place for the holiday season on the sprawling green lawn.

You might know them as the big, red balls at the Omni.

"Big" is accurate: Each of the 13 red ornaments are 10 feet in diameter. They weigh 1,200 pounds apiece.

Soon, the ornaments will get a bath. Here's the powerwashing from last year's display at the Omni.

Soon, the ornaments will get a bath. Here's the powerwashing from last year's display at the Omni.

Tom Fox/Staff Photographer

And placing the lucky 13 decorations in place is no small feat. A 150-foot crane hoisted each bulb into place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the middle of the night. They had to close two lanes of traffic.

It's the fourth Christmas season that the Omni has displayed the Instagram-worthy ornaments.

In the offseason, they reside in a storage unit located under the hotel in the parking garage.

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Brock Lewallen gestures to another worker while preparing to lift the giant red Christmas ornaments out of storage and onto the front lawn of the Omni Dallas Hotel late Tuesday evening on Nov. 15, 2016. In the off-season, the ornaments live underneath the Omni.

Brock Lewallen gestures to another worker while preparing to lift the giant red Christmas ornaments out of storage and onto the front lawn of the Omni Dallas Hotel late Tuesday evening on Nov. 15, 2016. In the off-season, the ornaments live underneath the Omni.

Rose Baca/Staff Photographer
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