Friday, December 23, 2011

Santa's Village

Santa's Village-Dundee, IL by William 74
Santa's Village-Dundee, IL, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.

Santa's Village Is a Christmas-themed amusement park in Dundee, Illinois. Opened in 1959, the Dundee location was the third one built (the other two being in California), and was intended to be the hub of a chain of parks. However, no further Villages were built, the other two eventually closed, and the Dundee location became the last of it's kind.

The park featured rides, a petting zoo, access to a water park, and the Polar Dome, an ice skating rink. Popular locally for decades, but declining attendance and other issues caused the park's closure in 2006. It remained so until 2011, when new owners cleaned everything up and reopened some of the attractions.

I shot this in 2010, before the lights and sign were restored to working order.

1 comment:

  1. You should check out my book about the place: SANTA'S VILLAGE GONE WILD! ( I guarantee it will make you laugh & smile at some of the fun stories that took place at the beloved Chicagoland theme-park.