Dec 6 & Dec 7, 2019

Schedule and details are subject to change
  • Friday, December 6

    • DIY Reindeer Food

      Trippots - 102 W. Main Street

      5:00 – 8:00 pm

      Come on in to Trippots to learn a little about what reindeer like to eat, and to put together a snack to bring home for Santa's reindeer!

      Trippots is located on the northwest corner of Main and First (102 W Main St).

    • Living Windows

      Main St between 2nd St & the Fox River

      6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Watch as the storefront windows in Downtown West Dundee come to life!

      There will be numerous winter and holiday themed window displays by local organizations and businesses, as well as special offerings and events. Many downtown businesses participate with live actors, while some open their doors for treats or shopping.

      We strongly encourage you to start at Village Hall and make your way east on the south side of Main Street to Around the Corner Candy. Then cross Main at First Street and make your way back on the north side, ending at Emmett's.

      Business Group Theme

      Underground Retrocade

      121 W Main St
      Grinch Evolution of Dance

      Edward Jones

      119 W Main St
      Holidays at the Zoo

      Schol & Associates & Amy Ward Photography

      113 W Main St
      Popcorn and pictures with Santa!

      United Career Fairs

      111 W Main St

      Grid 7 Properties

      109 W Main St
      Girl Scouts Troop 440 Baking cookies or snowmen snowball fight

      Bikini Bottom Bar & Grill

      105-107 W Main St
      US Marine Corps - Collecting donations for Toys for Tots Dixon Dance Academy - Music Box Dancers


      101 W Main St
      Free Family Activity - See Cookie Decorating / Candy Cane Lane

      Around The Corner Candy

      99 W Main St
      Scrooge and Victorian Lady

      Shine. Salon and Dry Bar

      103 S First St
      Dundee Highlands Elementary School "The Nightmare Before Christmas"


      96 W Main St
      Live Music - See Fezziwigs Family Festivities


      98 W Main St
      Dundee Middle School Chorus Christmas Carol Sing


      102 W Main St
      Dundee Township Park District Dance - Dancers Come inside for a "Grow Your Own Reindeer Food" activity!

      Riverside Upholstery

      110 W Main St
      Rejoice School of Music Student Performers

      DeWitt Hair Salon & Spa

      114 W Main St
      St. Catherine of Siena School Manger Scene

      Law Offices of Harlovic and Perko

      116 W Main St
      Holiday Decor

      Applied Ecological Services

      120 W Main St
      Cub Scout Pack 36 Pinewood Derby

      Boxwood Home Design & Cabinetry Co.

      122 W Main St
      My Secret Garden "Beauty & the Beast"

      CRAFT Donuts + Coffee

      124 W Main St
      Holiday Baking

      Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co

      128 W Main St
      Dundee Township Historical Society Charles Dickens

      Spa Bleu

      106 N Second St
    • Warming House & Santa Claus

      6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Warm up at West Dundee Village Hall with a cup of hot chocolate and some yummy Christmas cookies, while you visit with Village officials and the kids discuss their Christmas wish list with the man in red.

    • Shop with a Cop Raffle

      6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Shop With A Cop of Dundee Township works to build positive relationships between police officers and the children of our community. Each year, area police officers sit down to a holiday breakfast with area children in need, including a visit from Santa, and join the children on a shopping trip at Wal-Mart to select a Christmas treat.

      To support this program, you may purchase a chance to win exciting raffle prizes. Shop with a Cop Raffle chances are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. This year's prizes include:

      • $1,000 Cash - Donated by Schock's Towing
      • LG 55" 4K UHD Smart TV - Donated by Pete's A Towing
      • Nintendo Switch
      • TLC Car Detail (SUV) - Donated by TLC Handwash & Detail
      • TLC Car Detail (sedan) - Donated by TLC Handwash & Detail
      • Spa Package - Spa TheraPe & Spa Bleu
      • $100 Lowes Gift Card & $100 TJ Maxx Gift Card
      • BP Gas Card & Red Lobster Gift Card

      Winners will be drawn shortly before 8:00 pm. Need not be present to win.

      For advanced ticket sales, please visit the West Dundee Police Department at 555 S. 8th Street.

    • West Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony

      7:00 pm

      Join West Dundee officials for the lighting of the Village Christmas tree and the joyful sounds of the Dundee-Crown Chamber Choir.

    • “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive & Fundraiser

      Various Locations

      6:00 – 8:00 pm

      The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted, thereby providing a message of hope to these youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

      Toys for Tots donations will be collected at the following West Dundee locations this holiday season:

      • Bikini Bottom Bar & Grill, 105-107 W Main (WD) - The Marines will be on hand at to sell paper trains and collect donations in support of Toys for Tots from 6-8 pm on Friday, December 6.
    • Fezziwig’s Family Festivities

      RocHaus - 96 W. Main Street

      6:00 – 9:00 pm

      Enjoy live, local music on stage at RocHaus, while gathering with friends and neighbors. Stay tuned for this year's lineup!

      Performers include:

      • 6:00-7:00 pm: Dundee-Crown Jazz Combo
      • 7:00-7:30 pm: Boys & Girls Club "Blue Voices" Choir
      • 7:30-8:00 pm: Dundee-Crown Chamber Choir
      • 8:00-9:00 pm: Controlled Burn

      The Dundee-Crown Jazz Combo is comprised of select members from the Dundee-Crown Jazz Band. Most of what the students will play tonight is improvised, which means they are composing music on the spot.

      Blue Voices (Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township choir) was established in 2014. The group currently consists of members from multiple sites around Carpentersville and range from 3rd-7th grade.

      Dundee-Crown's Chamber Choir is an upper-level auditioned mixed choir that performs a variety of music and genres from the Baroque era to Contemporary Vocal Jazz.

      Controlled Burn is an Americana band from downtown Dundee that will get you into the Christmas spirit with a set of holiday favorites.

    • Cookie Decorating / Candy Cane Lane

      Bamboozels - 101 W. Main Street

      6:00 – 10:00 pm

      Stop by during or after Living Windows to decorate a Christmas cookie at Bamboozels' Candy Cane Lane.

    • Vintage Open House

      Half Full Nest Vintage Market - 205 W. Main Street

      6:00 – 8:00 pm

      Stop by the Half Full Nest Vintage Market, where West Dundee native Riley Elmore from NBC’s THE VOICE season 11, will be performing from 6-7pm! Enjoy the live, festive music and warm up with some hot spiced cider, made with Half Full Nest's famous mulling spices!

      The Half Full Nest is located at 205 W Main Street, just west of Village Hall, and will be open from 10:30 am - 8:00 pm.

  • Saturday, December 7

    • Spirit of Christmas Parade

      Main St (72) in West Dundee

      10:00 am

      Gather with friends and neighbors along Main Street in anticipation of Santa's appearance during this classic Christmas parade.

      Parade Registration Form

      Businesses, municipal organizations and not-for-profits are invited to register to participate in the parade by E-Mail or Fax: 847-551-3809 by Friday, November 27.

      Questions? call Village Hall at 847-551-3800.

      Parade Participants

    • Santa Meet & Greet

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Meet with Santa one-on-one after the parade in Grafelman Park to share your Christmas wish. While you wait, enjoy the sounds of the Kimberlyrics Kids Choir, who will be singing Christmas favorites until about 11:30 am.

    • Santa’s Workshop Kids Craft

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Before or after you visit Santa, make some fun holiday crafts and enjoy complementary popcorn, coffee and hot cocoa.

    • Petting Zoo

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Visit Santa’s animal friends, including goats, sheep, donkeys, ponies and more.

      Santa's Petting Zoo is provided by First American Bank.

    • Gingerbread House Decorating

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Make memories while decorating your very own gingerbread house. Purchase a "building permit" and receive a gingerbread house kit, which comes with a fully assembled gingerbread house and all of the candy and goodies that you will need to decorate. Decorate on site, or take it home for later.

      Limit one kit per family. (If sufficient quantities remain after 1:00, additional kits may be purchased.)

    • Ron Rhoades Festival of Trees Display

      Grafelman Park - Main St between 4th & 5th

      9:00 am – 9:00 pm

      Walk the gallery of unique and beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local school groups and clubs.

      Trees are decorated on Friday between 9am and 5pm. The community is welcome to observe the decorating, has a cup of hot chocolate and drop off a donation for the FISH Food Pantry.

      Viewing is on Saturday from 9am-9pm, and again on Sunday from 9am-3pm.

      Trees are judged for "Creativity", "Beauty" and "Holiday Spirit", with 3 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards given in each category. A People's Choice Award will be determined via Facebook. Vote by "liking" the photo of your favorite tree on the Dundee Lions Facebook Page.

      If you represent a group that would like to decorate a tree, please contact Jim McClung; call (847) 931-7127 or email The Festival of Trees is limited to 30 trees.

      Sponsored by the Dundee Lions Club.

    • Reading of A Christmas Carol

      1:30 pm

      Cozy in to the Victorian elegance of the Mansion and listen while Victoria Wilbrandt reads a short version of Charles Dickens' classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose cold and embittered heart is warmed by the joys and rewards of love.

    • Breakfast with Santa

      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Kick off the holiday season with a little one on one time with the Big Guy during Breakfast with Santa.

      Ages 11 & older | $15.95
      Ages 3-10* | $8.95
      Under 3 | FREE

      *Free with an unwrapped NEW toy donation (one toy per child). Toys will be donated to "Toys for Tots" sponsored by the United States Marines.

      In honor of our military, we will offer a 10% discount for each adult who shows their Military ID, retired or current.

      Reservations are required. Call (847)428-5661 ext 2 to reserve your seats before this event sells out. Click here for more information.

    • Dickens of a Christmas Sale, Bake Sale & Craft Boutique

      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Bethlehem Lutheran Church is the place for one-stop shopping this holiday season.

      Visit Dundee Township Historical Society's "Dickens of a Sale", featuring new and gently used Christmas items sold at reasonable prices.

      Bethlehem Lutheran hosts a Craft Boutique with local, handmade items, as well as a Bake Sale to satisfy your sweet tooth or load you up with tasty treats to bring along to your next holiday party.

      Stop in for nourishment at the Soup & Sandwich Lunch while you are there.

    • Soup & Sandwich Lunch

      10:30 am – 2:00 pm

      Cold outside? Come warm up and enjoy delicous hot soup and sandwiches.

      All proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the FISH Food Pantry to assist local families in need this holiday season.

      While you're there, top it off with a sweet holiday treat at the Bake Sale and/or shop for handmade items at the Craft Boutique or the Historical Society's "Dickens of a Sale".

    • Indoor Snowball Fight & Open House

      Mango Combat Sports - 420 Airport Rd, Unit A/B

      1:30 am – 3:30 pm

      Warm up and get active with an Indoor Snowball Fight at Mango Combat Sports, and enjoy hot chocolate, treats and other activities. Unwrapped toy donations will be collected for children spending the holidays in hospital.

    • Christmas Ornament Workshop

      Forbes Orthodontics - 600 Spring Hill Ring Road (Spring Hill Executive Center)

      2:00 – 4:30 pm

      Imagine creating a timeless family memory in Santa’s Workshop while nibbling on cotton candy. Join Forbes Orthodontics in celebrating Christmas by assembling an ornament to enchant your family tree. All supplies and treats are complimentary.

  • Throughout the Season

    • Christmas Tree Sales

      Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

      December 4 through December 15 including Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

      Purchase your Christmas tree from the Dundee Lions Club!

      Sales will begin on "Black Friday", December 4 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Regular hours will be Thursdays & Fridays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tree sales will end on or about December 15.

      In addition to trees, wreathes and garland are also available for purchase. All profits from sales go to support community charities.

    • Santa Express Christmas Mailbox

      Around The Corner Candy - 101 S 1st Street

      November 23 through December 24

      Send your letter to Santa via Santa Express! Letters to Santa can be dropped into the Santa Express Mailbox at Around The Corner Candy through Christmas Eve.

      Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive an answer personally from Santa!

    • A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

      DTPD Adult Activities Center - 665 Barrington Avenue, Carpentersville

      December 6, 7 & 8

      Enjoy a telling of Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol" as a live radio play!

      Three shows will be presented at the Dundee Township Park District Adult Activities Center at 665 Barrington Avenue in Carpentersville:

      • Friday, December 6 at 7:00 pm
      • Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 pm
      • Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm

      Tickets are available at the DTPD Rakow Center Front Desk. Visit or call (847)428-7131, ext. 1101 for more information.

Celebrating Dundee's
Community Spirit
During the Holiday Season

2020 marks the 33rd year of our annual Dickens in Dundee event to kick off the Christmas season. We invite all area residents to come out and join in the fun!

Dickens in Dundee was formed in 1988. It began as a small community gathering, with caroling and the search for Tiny Tim's crutch in local stores. With the financial support of local businesses and the Villages of East Dundee and West Dundee, it has grown into a weekend holiday festival which attracts a people from all over the Dundee area.

The former Dundee Jaycees organized Dickens in Dundee from 1995 until 2005. The Villages of East and West Dundee and a committee of community volunteers took the reigns in 2006 to keep the event alive.

The Dundee Lions Club, Dundee Historical Society and other organizations have also been very instrumental in the success of Dickens in Dundee throughout the years. Local churches and businesses traditionally support Dickens in Dundee by hosting holiday events and open houses to coincide with the weekend festivities.

The weekend kicks off each year on the first Friday in December, with tree lighting ceremonies in both East and West Dundee. Residents and visitors stroll through downtown East and West Dundee to see local merchant's windows "come alive" during Living Windows.

Saturday begins with the cornerstone event: the Spirit of Christmas Parade. The parade begins at Second Street in West Dundee and travels across the Main Street Bridge into East Dundee, ending near the Dundee Township Visitors Center (The Depot) on River Street. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Dickens Committee Contacts