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Winter WonderFest Opens Today !!!

After months of planning, prepping & decorating… Winter WonderFest officially opens to the public today! Make plans today for a trip to Navy Pier with the kids. They’ll love all of the activities that await them in Festival Hall. A full size ice skating rink, full-size amusement park rides, rock climbing walls, a new tubing • Read More »

One More Tree. One More Theme.

Things are moving along. With each tree, we tackle another skid full of ornaments & another whimsical theme for the holiday trees. The days are counting down… as Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest opens next Thursday night for a special Preview Party.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas!

And that includes Christmas! A few of our ICA Crew traveled down to Dallas, Texas this past weekend to help decorate a store by the Galleria Mall. It’s a 24-foot tree which requires some equipment, some heavy lifting and a LOT of ornaments!!! Bins & bins… And while the ornaments were starting to take over • Read More »

Everything Is Bigger In Texas

This was especially true this year when our ICA Crew made a return visit to Dallas to install a large Christmas tree again this year. As if the 20-foot tree wasn’t quite tall enough in 2012, this year the tree “grew” another four feet taller. Now the tree towers up into the second level of • Read More »

Holiday Palette : Prepped & Packed

The American Girl holiday palette of of pinks & purples expanded this year to more of their stores. Last year, we created Christmas trees for four of their store locations. This year, we prepped & packed for more trees in more stores, as well as a full decoration package for several stores. Hundreds of wreaths, • Read More »

Winter WonderFest Opens Today

For several years, Ivan Carlson has been honored to be an integral part of Winter WonderFest. From the very beginning, we’ve been decorating trees, Reindeer Express, Santas Around The World and making everything look extra festive. Every year we tackle thirty wonderful thematic trees. Not your normal “tree-at-home” kind of tree. But a little bit • Read More »

Holidays That Sparkle in Pinks & Purples

Our ICA Installation Crew traveled to Dallas this week to spread a little Christmas Magic! Decorating for the holidays is no simple task when you’re building a 20′ Christmas tree. Bigger trees need bigger tools… and big floor space to put the tree! Starting at the top with a custom designed “logo star” topper, and • Read More »