Operation North Pole Preparing For Annual Holiday Event


Rosemont plays a big role in Operation North Pole’s annual holiday event, which delivers a day of joy to local families who have children battling a life-threatening disease.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, after the registered participants board a train in Des Plaines and travel northwest and back, they will be escorted from the Des Plaines train station to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont. The main floor ballroom will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland”.

Lunch will be served. Children will have their faces painted, can play in the mini-hockey rink and share their holiday wishes with Santa. Girls can even get their nails done.

Operation North Pole’s organizers seek volunteers for the following tasks this week in preparing for the big day.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 – Twenty-five volunteers are needed at 9 a.m. to help offload a 53-ft. trailer of decorations. The task is expected to take 2-3 hours.

Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 – Twenty-five people are needed from noon to 4 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. to decorate Winter Wonderland with the exception of the placement of Christmas trees.

Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sign up for the tree decorating party online at

Monday, Dec. 7 – Volunteers will place the trees and do final work in the Convention Center ballroom. Volunteer tasks will be announced.

Thursday, Dec. 10 – Evening wrapping party and tour of Winter Wonderland. More information is available at

Monday-Tuesday Dec. 14-15 is tear down and repacking of the trailer all day and evening. Times to be announced. As many volunteers as possible are needed.

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