December 1 & 2, 2017

Schedule and details are subject to change
  • W West Dundee
  • E East Dundee
  • Friday12/1

    • Living Windows (WD)

      Main St between 2nd St & the Fox River

      6:00 – 8:00 pm


      Watch as the storefronts in downtown West Dundee come to life with holiday scenes. There will be a ton of great window displays to see, both traditional and contemporary, as well as special offerings and events from our downtown businesses. Many downtown businesses participate with live actors or holiday displays, while also some open their doors for treats or shopping.

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

    • 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 the Village Board members and deliver your Christmas wish list to 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. Prizes include:

      • $1,000 Cash
      • Vizio 55" TV
      • Vizio 43" TV
      • Fred Astaire Ballroom Dance Lessons & Red Lobster Gift Card
      • TLC Car Detail Gift Certificate
      • Amazon Echo
      • $50 Red Lobster Gift Card
      • $50 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
      • $50 Shell Gift Card
      • $25 Emmett's 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.

    • Fezziwig’s Family Festivities

      VFW Post 2298 - 117 S. First Street, West Dundee

      7:00 – 10:00 pm


      Wrap up the evening in the warmth of the VFW's back banquet hall for a gathering of friends and neighbors with complementary appetizers, a cash bar and live music.

    • “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 Dundee locations this holiday season:

      Bikini Bottom Bar & Grill, 105-107 W Main (WD) - The Marines will be on hand at to personally collect donations for Toys for Tots from 6-9 pm on Friday, December 1. Monetary and new toy donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted here from November 1 through December 4.

    • Living Windows (ED)

      Main St, River St, Barrington Ave & Meier St

      6:00 – 9:00 pm


      In East Dundee, "Walk the Windows" throughout the Downtown Business District. Enjoy the new twist on an old favorite: Is that a blue Santa? Lollipop trees? Peer into their windows to view the holiday delights they'll be showcasing.

      To add to the fun, glowing, dancing holiday sprites will appear here, there and everywhere. Snap a photo if you can catch them!

      The following East Dundee businesses will be participating in Walk the Windows:

    • East Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony

      The Depot - 319 River Street, East Dundee

      6:00 pm


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

  • Saturday12/2

    • Spirit of Christmas Parade

      Main St (72) from 2nd St in West Dundee to River St (The Depot) in East 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

      Register by E-Mail or Fax: 847-551-3809 by Monday, November 20. 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 treats and hot cocoa.

    • Petting Zoo

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 12:00 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 Construction

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm


      Make memories while decorating your very own gingerbread house. Purchase a "building permit" and receive gingerbread house kit, which comes with a fully assembled gingerbread house and all of the candy and goodies that you will need to decorate.

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

      While you're here, get your face painted by the Dundee-Crown Art Club.

    • 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


      Start your day with a hearty Breakfast Buffet in the company of Santa himself. Don't forget to stop and tell him what is on your Christmas list!

      Reservations are required. Call (847)428-5661 ext 2 to reserve your seat. Click here for more information.

    • Sweets & Crafts Shop

      9:00 am – 3:00 pm


      Enter on the west side of the church into the Fireside Room for a cup of chili or a grilled cheese while you shop for some Christmas crafts. Items range from $1-$10.

      For more information, contact the Church office at 847-426-2113.

    • Dickens of a Christmas Sale / Bake Sale

      9:00 am – 4:00 pm


      Join the Dundee Township Historical Society for a "Dickens of a Sale", featuring new and gently used Christmas items sold at reasonable prices.

      Stop in for Bethlehem Lutheran's Bake Sale across the hall and/or come at lunchtime for soup and sandwiches (see the Soup & Sandwich Lunch & Mini-Bazaar event description).

    • Soup & Sandwich Lunch & Mini-Bazaar

      10:30 am – 2:00 pm


      Cold outside? Come warm up and enjoy hot soup, sandwiches and hot cocoa, and top it all off with a sweet holiday treat at the Bake Sale and/or shop for handmade items at our mini-bazaar.

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

      Stop across the hall at the Historical Society's "Dickens of a Sale".

    • Dickens in the Dundee Library

      Dundee Library - 555 Barrington Ave. (Rt. 68), East Dundee

      9:00 am – 5:00 pm


      Come to the library for some Dickens-themed nanty narking!

      Warm up behind our decorated windows with a cup of hot chocolate. Borrow a good book from our special display of Victorian titles, or choose a newer title to enjoy. Shop the Friends DVD, CD, and Audiobook Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., make a Perler bead ornament from 10 a.m. to noon, and craft a holiday card from 1 to 4 p.m. The Dundee Library is located at 555 Barrington Ave. (Rt. 68) in East Dundee.

      Should you have any questions, please visit or call (847) 428-3661, ext. 5834.

  • Throughout the Season

    • Christmas Tree Sales

      Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

      Nov 24 through Dec 10 including Saturday, Dec 2 & Sunday, Dec 3, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.


      Purchase your Christmas tree from the Dundee Lions Club!

      Sales will begin on "Black Friday", November 24 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 10.

      The Dundee Lions will take collection of non-perishable food items and disposable diapers for donation to the FISH Pantry. Eye glasses, cell phones and battery chargers, hearing aids, old keys and holiday light strings will be collected for recycling.

    • Dickens Decorating Contest

      Throughout East and West Dundee


      Visit the Dickens in Dundee Facebook Event page


      • Best Nostalgic Display (think Norman Rockwell)
      • Best Use of Lighting & Color
      • Best Animated Display*
      • Best Decorated Business


      Deadline: Saturday, December 2

      Register your house or business by sending an email to or by visiting one of the following locations:

      Entries must include your name, address of the property, contact information and the category in which you would like to compete**. Participant addresses will be published unless requested otherwise during registration.


      Saturday, December 2 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

      Participating houses and businesses will be photographed for use in voting and awards. Be sure to turn the lights on! Participant photos will be posted on the Dickens in Dundee Facebook Event page.

      Viewing & Voting

      Ends: December 25 at midnight

      All entries will be viewable on the Dickens in Dundee Facebook Event page. A map of participating houses and businesses will be available.

      A Facebook account is not required to view entries. If you have a Facebook account, please vote directly on the Facebook Event page. If you don't have a Facebook account, please email your vote(s) (including category name and entry number) to


      4 × Category Winners
      1 × Overall Grand Prize Winner

      One winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner chosen for the grand prize. Winners will be notified directly and posted online before January 1.

      Overall grand prize is $100.

      Category winners can choose either a customizable Riverwalk Brick or a beautiful photo of your winning entry by West Dundee photographer Cindy Kennedy*.

      * winner of the Best Animated Display can not receive a photo as their prize
      ** entered category is subject to change at panel’s discretion

    • Santa Express Christmas Mailbox

      Around The Corner Candy - 101 S 1st Street

      November 1 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.

      Every letter is answered personally by Santa!

Celebrating Dundee's
Community Spirit
During the Holiday Season

2017 marks the 30th 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