Dec 6 & Dec 7, 2019

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

    • 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
    • Warming House & Santa Claus

      West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

      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

      West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

      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.

      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

      West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

      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!

  • 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 22.

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

    • Santa’s Workshop

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Pay a visit to Santa, make some fun holiday crafts and enjoy 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.

    • 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".

  • Throughout the Season

    • Christmas Tree Sales

      Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

      November 22 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", November 22 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!

Celebrating Dundee's
Community Spirit
During the Holiday Season

2019 marks the 32nd 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