[Editor's note: This story has been updated with information about the 2017 display.]

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.

The Omni's big, red ornaments weigh 1,200 apiece. They're set into place with a crane. 

The Omni's big, red ornaments weigh 1,200 apiece. They're set into place with a crane. 

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And placing the lucky 13 decorations in place is no small feat. A 150-foot crane hoisted each bulb into place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in the middle of the night. 

It's the fifth 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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