Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2018

Schedule and details are subject to change
  • Friday, November 30

    • 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
      Holiday Superheroes

      Schol & Associates & Amy Ward Photography

      113 W Main St
      Popcorn and pictures with Santa!

      United Career Fairs

      111 W Main St
      A scene from “A Christmas Story”

      Grid 7 Properties

      109 W Main St
      Girl Scouts Christmas and Hanukkah Gift Giving

      Bikini Bottom Bar & Grill

      105-107 W Main St
      US Marine Corps
      Turning Pointe Dance Academy
      Collecting new toy and monetary donations for Toys for Tots


      101 W Main St
      Holiday Decor

      Around The Corner Candy

      99 W Main St
      Scrooge and Victorian Lady


      96 W Main St
      Open House & Live Music - See Fezziwigs Family Festivities


      98 W Main St
      Santa Appearance & Live Music

      DreamCo Design

      102 W Main St
      “Elf on the Shelf”

      Shelley’s Bridal

      104 W Main St
      DTPD Dance
      & Girl Scout Troop 440
      Music Box Ballerinas
      Campfire Scouts

      DeWitt Hair Salon

      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
      Girl Scout Troop 580 Elf Workshop

      Boxwood Home Design & Cabinetry Co.

      122 W Main St
      Rejoice School of Music Open House & Live Music

      CRAFT Donuts + Coffee

      124 W Main St
      Holiday Baking

      Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co

      128 W Main St
      Dundee Township Historical Society Charles Dickens
    • 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. This year's prizes include:

      • $1,000 Cash - Donated by Schock's Towing
      • LG 55" 4K UHD Smart TV
      • $500 Spring Hill Mall Gift Card - Donated by Spring Hill Mall
      • LG 50" 4K UHD Smart TV - Donated by Pete's A Towing
      • Ring Video Doorbell - Donated by Home Depot
      • TLC Car Detail - Donated by TLC Handwash & Detail
      • $100 Lowes Gift Card & $100 TJ Maxx Gift Card
      • $100 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
      • $50 Lettuce Entertain You Gift Card & Cooper's Hawk Wine Tasting for 4 - Donated by Lettuce Entertain You and Cooper's Hawk
      • $50 Olive Garden 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

      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:

    • Fezziwig’s Family Festivities

      RocHaus - 96 W. Main Street

      6:00 – 9:00 pm

      Enjoy live, local music on stage at the newly renovated RocHaus, while gathering with friends and neighbors.

      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.

  • Saturday, December 1

    • Spirit of Christmas Parade - CANCELLED

      Main St (72) in West Dundee

      10:00 am

      Based on the weather forecast and radar, with significant amounts of rain beginning at 9am and continuing through the day, the 2018 Spirit of Christmas Parade has been cancelled.

    • Santa’s Workshop - CANCELLED

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Based on the weather forecast and radar, with significant amounts of rain beginning at 9am and continuing through the day, Santa's Workshop and other outdoor activities have been cancelled for the 2018 event.

    • Petting Zoo - CANCELLED

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Based on the weather forecast and radar, with significant amounts of rain beginning at 9am and continuing through the day, the Petting Zoo and other outdoor activities have been cancelled for the 2018 event.

    • 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

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

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

      Trees are decorated on Friday and judged for "Creativity", "Beauty" and "Holiday Spirit", with 3 Gold Awards ($40) and 3 Silver Awards ($25) given in each category.

      For more information or to sign up, contact Jim McClung; call (847) 931-7127 or email

      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 Breakfast with Santa. A breakfast buffet will be served with fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon & sausage, french toast and much more. Children's art and activities will be provided by DTPD Recreation staff.

      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 seat. 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.

      The Dundee Township Historical Society for a "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

    • Dickens Decorating Contest

      Throughout East and West Dundee

      The Dickens Decorating Contest is taking a year off. We are open to your thoughts on how to improve the contest for next year!

    • Christmas Tree Sales

      Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

      November 22 through December 9 including Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2, 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 9.

      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!

    • Bethlehem Christmas Live!

      December 7 & 8 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

      The celebration continues the week after Dickens in Dundee, as Bethlehem Lutheran Church presents Bethlehem Christmas Live! Travel through Bethlehem as the first Christmas comes to life. Experience live performances from the first Christmas to modern day on a 30 minute guided outdoor walking tour that portrays events before, during and after the birth of Christ.

      The outdoor playlets in the churchyard will feature members of the congregation in costume on sets with sound effects and lighting. The presentation will include:

      • An Angel Appears to Mary: Mary learns from Gabriel that she will be the mother of Jesus

      • No Room at the Inn: Joseph and Mary hear they will have no place to stay for Jesus’ birth

      • Shepherds Hear the Good News: Frightened, excited shepherds learn of the birth of Jesus

      • The Shepherds' Visit: Shepherds become the Holy Family's first visitors

      • The Three Kings Visit: Distant leaders bring gifts to the young Jesus

      • Today's Savior: A modern-day teenage girl who is being verbally bullied has an interaction with the adult Jesus

      Guides will assemble small groups prior to beginning each outdoor experience. Dress for winter weather. Indoor activities like crafts and cookie decorating will be offered and refreshments will be served. Meet Bethlehem’s comfort dogs Noah and Luke.

      Check in at the 4th Street side entrance to the red brick church at 401 W Main St. in West Dundee.

      For more information about Bethlehem Lutheran Church and its activities, visit or call 847-426-7311.

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