Dec 3 & Dec 4, 2021

Schedule and details are subject to change
  • Friday, December 3

    • Living Windows & Holiday Displays

      Downtown West Dundee

      Take a stroll through Downtown West Dundee to enjoy beautifully decorated storefront windows this holiday season!

      Numerous themed windows will be on display between First and Second Streets and along Main Street. Some will feature living windows, some traditional holiday decor, and some will be adorned with handpainted designs.

      Stay tuned for more information.

    • 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

      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 join area children in need on a shopping trip at Wal-Mart to select a Christmas treat.

      Drawing will be held on Friday, December 3 at the West Dundee Village Hall. For more information, visit the SWAC website orFacebook page.

      To purchase raffle ticket in advance of December 3, please visit any of the following police departments:

      • Carpentersville Police Department - 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville
      • East Dundee Police Department - 115 E. Third Street, East Dundee
      • Gilberts Police Department - 86 Railroad Street, Gilberts
      • Pingree Grove Police Department - 1 Police Plaza, Pingree Grove
      • Sleepy Hollow Police Department - 1 Thorobred Lane, Sleepy Hollow
      • West Dundee Police Department - 555 S. 8th Street, West Dundee

    • West Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony

      7:00 PM

      Join us at the Village Christmas Tree in the south lawn of Village Hall to count down to the moment of illumination!

  • Saturday, December 4

  • Throughout the Season

    • “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive

      Public Safety Center No. 1 - 551 S. 8th Street

      November 16 - 7:00 am on December 9

      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 West Dundee Public Safety Center No. 1 this holiday season. A collection box was available within the front entry of the West Dundee Police Department, for contactless toy drop-off 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, until December 10, 2021.

    • Explore Elgin Area’s Lights - Decorating Contest

      Throughout East Dundee, Elgin and West Dundee

      The Village of West Dundee has joined forces with Explore Elgin Area for a fun and friendly regional holiday lights competition!


      Residents of West Dundee and Elgin are invited to register, decorate and compete for a chance to win up to $200 in prizes! CLICK HERE to Register by December 1.


      Voting will begin December 5, visit the Explore Elgin Area website for participating locations.

      Stay tuned for a link to vote for your favorite participating homes! Voting closes on December 31, 2021.


      • 1st Place Overall - $200 in local gift cards
      • 2nd Place Overall - $100 in local gift cards
      • 3rd Place Overall - $75 in local gift cards
      • The Blinding Display brightest lights - $50 in local gift cards
      • The Classy Lady best traditional display - $50 in local gift cards
      • The Oddball best unorthodox display - $50 in local gift cards
    • Lions Club Christmas Tree Sales

      Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

      December 31 through December 12 including Saturday, December 4 & Sunday, December 5, while supplies last

      Purchase your Christmas tree from the Dundee Lions Club!

      Sales will begin on November 20 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Regular hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Tree sales will end on or about November 19 or when all trees are sold out.

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

Celebrating Dundee's
Community Spirit
During the Holiday Season

2022 marks the 35th 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.

Dickens Committee Contacts