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596,530 blue lights: A family tradition here to stay
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Some people call it the Blue Light Forest. Others refer to it as the Blue Light House.

But Robert and Nicole Quintana just call it home.

Located on the 2600 block of Partridge Court in Grand Junction, the Quintana’s expansive yard is covered with nearly 600,000 blue holiday lights. There are 8,776 strings of lights, 256 light-up deer, and four cumulative miles of extension cords.

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The Blue Light House

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The Blue Light House can be seen for miles along Interstate 70 in Grand Junction.

The tradition dates back more than a decade, back when Nicole’s uncle, Marc Cadez, owned the house. Nicole says the blue lights started in 2006. Back then, there were just 39,700 lights total.

“This was his babythe house and the Christmas lights,” Robert says of Cadez, whose favorite holiday was Christmas.

“I think he did it because everybody enjoyed it. He didn’t do it because he wanted to be recognized; he did it because everybody loved it,” Nicole says. “He brought joy and happiness to everybody who came and looked at them. And he loved Christmas.”

Cadez passed away in April of 2019. Nicole inherited the home, as well as the lights. Cadez’s will dictated that the light show continue for at least two years after his death. 2020 is the second year, but the Quintanas say they don’t have any plans to end the annual tradition.

“As long as we’re here, we will continue to put them up,” Nicole said. “He was like a second father to me. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for everybody. He would give you the shirt off his back if he had to. He just had a great heart.”

Setting up the light show takes about 10 weeks. The Quintanas start building out the installation on September 11, and they leave it up from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. The lights are on from 5 to 11 p.m. each night and from 4 to 7 a.m. every morning for people commuting to work (the house is visible from the interstate).

“With all this COVID going around, it’s something positive for us to look forward to,” Robert explained,” for everybody to come out and just have a good time and enjoy it.”

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