Legoland Discovery Center Chicago will become a winter wonderland for the month of December, as the center celebrates a Holly Jolly Holiday, said Kristina Pucci, sales manager at Legoland Discovery Center Chicago.
The Holly Jolly Holiday event runs through Dec. 24. The center will also offer a New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31 and events on Jan. 1.
The center will be filled with Christmas trees and other holiday-themed models, including nearly two dozen holiday trees, numerous lights and wreaths, strings of Lego garland and hundreds of ornaments.
The center’s mini-land will also be decorated for the holidays, featuring snow, snowmen, penguins and holiday mini-figures.
“About 500 little Santas invade mini-land,” Pucci said.
Pucci said it generally takes about two days to transform the center for the holidays.
“It takes a lot of help, and a few all-nighters, but we try to get everything done in two days,” she said.
In addition to the holiday décor, there are several holiday-themed events visitors can participate in.
There will be a holiday ornament station, where visitors can build and purchase ornaments to take home with them.
There also will be a scavenger hunt throughout the center, where visitors can get a scavenger hunt card and search the facility for Lego penguins. Those who successfully complete the scavenger hunt can enter to win four annual passes to the center, Pucci said.
Visitors also can see a factory tour on how Legos are made and receive a commemorative brick, she said.
There also is a Lego Santa that stands more than five feet tall, and a large-scale snowman.
Both places are designed to be a great family photo-op, she said.
“Kids and adults can sit on Santa’s bag of toys and get their picture taken,” she said.
The goal of the event is to get parents to engage in play with their children.
“Things like the scavenger hunt are designed for team work, so everyone plays together as a family and gets involved in it,” she said.
The center will also host an event Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 to help families ring in 2014, Pucci said.
The event will also feature a scavenger hunt, as well as a place where visitors can use four-inch by four-inch boards to create mosaics of their hopes for the new year. The pieces will be placed together and hung on display as a large-scale mosaic.
“It will be a fun party, with sparkling grape juice and a lot of music,” she said. “It’s a great option for families because so many things are closed on New Year’s Day.”