Despite the rain and chilly winds, Rosemont’s recent tree-lighting ceremony helped put the crowd of attendees in the holiday spirit. In preparation for this annual tradition, Chicago Scenic worked closely with the Village of Rosemont to update Santa’s village in time for the November 27 opening night.
Several existing holiday buildings, including the barn, train depot and school house, all received fresh coats of paint and upgraded interiors. A new sleigh – a popular spot for holiday photo opportunities - was refurbished to withstand seasonal snow and cold weather wear and tear.
Chicago Scenic crews built a new Santa’s House complete with custom detailing that included decorative gingerbread trim, a reindeer door knocker, and red mailbox. The house’s aluminum frame chimney leads down to a fireplace that is equipped with artificial logs and fire.
One of the project’s greatest challenges, according to Project Director Ross Hamilton, was designing and building a water-tight, temperature controlled house that could be easily transported from Chicago Scenic’s facility and installed in the park.
Chicago Scenic’s teams integrated a new heating system into the building so that Santa, his elves, and their guests all stay toasty warm. Kinc Design’s Katherine Ross designed the new Santa House.
Hamilton worked with Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens and Rosemont officials to ensure that all village codes were met throughout the project.