It's become a Christmas tradition in Cheyenne, the Christmas House is about to open for the 44th consecutive year.
Each year the Cheyenne Women's Civic League picks a home to decorate and moves the family from that home into a hotel for the weekend to host the annual fundraiser.
"We had a president by the name of Sheryl Powers who got the idea from her mother who lived in Phoenix. They had a similar project and so she brought it up here while she was president and started and it's been a great success ever since and I want you to know that we have donated more than a million dollars to the community as a result," said Sue Ann Shaffer, Christmas House general co-chairman.
This year's house is back in the downtown area at 2900 Carey Avenue.
The theme is "Deck the Halls". Shaffer says they chose the traditional theme because the house is located in a historic neighborhood along Carey Avenue. From the living room to the dining room to the bedrooms, almost every square inch is decorated with handmade crafts and delicious goodies that visitors are able to bid on and take home.
"They're going to find a lot of gift items that they can purchase and then they go into the big kitchen area and they'll find a lot of baked goods and there's raffle prizes and an art room and you name it, I think we seem to have it now," Shaffer said.
The Christmas House will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $6 a person. Children five and under are free.