December 1 & 2, 2017
- W West Dundee
- E East Dundee
Living WindowsMain 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.
Business Group Theme Becky & Craig Gillam Dickensian dining Dixon Dance Acedemy Ballerinas Girl Scout Troop 580 TBA Holiday Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market “A Christmas Story” Popcorn and pictures with Santa! US Marine Corps
Turning Pointe Dance Academy
Collecting new toy and monetary donations for Toys for Tots
Scrooge “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” DCHS INCubator program Simple Choice
Riverside Upholstery110 W Main St
Dundee Highlands Santa & Mrs. Claus story time Holiday Open House Cub Scout Pack 36 Pinewood Derby St. Catherine of Siena School Manger Scene Dundee Township Historical Society Charles Dickens Holiday Open House
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 the Village Board members and deliver your Christmas wish list to 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. 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
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 FestivitiesVFW Post 2298 - 117 S. First Street
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 & FundraiserVarious 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.
- Bii Hair Salon - 1955 Huntley Rd (WD) - from November 17 through December 8. For every gift you bring, up to three, you’ll receive a premium sample of product from RAW, Surface and Pravana. Visit biihairsalon.com for hours of operation.
- East Dundee Village Hall, 120 Barrington Ave - from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, through December 8.
- East Dundee Police Department, 115 E Third Street - from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, through December 8.
- The Depot, 319 N. River Street, East Dundee - Friday, December 1 from 3pm-8pm & Saturday, December 2 from 10am-4pm
Living Windows & Holiday RaffleMain St, River St & Barrington Ave
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Watch as the storefronts in downtown East Dundee come to life with holiday scenes. There will be many 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 some also open their doors for treats or shopping. Start viewing the Living Windows on Main Street beginning from the Bridal Boys & Made to Measure then continue your stroll down River Street to Barrington Avenue enjoying the lights and sites.
Stop at the Depot and participating local businesses to pick up a raffle card. Collect them as you visit the Living Windows along River Street. For each purchase you make at any of the participating businesses, your name will be entered into the raffle. Winners will receive a $100 gift card.
Special Living WindowHoof, Woof and Meow Animal Rescue - 311 Barrington Ave Unit C
6:00 – 8:00 pm
“Saving a dog won’t change the world, but for that dog, the world changes forever.”
Come visit some of our fosters and make them a part of your family. All they want for Christmas is their fur-ever home. For additional information, visit: hoofwoofmeow.org.
East Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
Start off the holiday season with our annual tree lighting ceremony and the joyful sounds of the Dundee-Crown Chamber Choir.
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bring the kids down to The Depot where they can meet Santa, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate.
Holiday Spectacular Tent (Heated)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Season Holiday Concert by “The Gingers” on the main stage.
Enjoy the last of our concert series for the season, hearing many Christmas favorites and some good old rock & roll.
Spirit of Christmas ParadeMain St (72) from 2nd St in West Dundee to River St (The Depot) in East Dundee
Gather with friends and neighbors along Main Street in anticipation of Santa's appearance during this classic Christmas parade.
Register by E-Mail or Fax: 847-551-3809 by Monday, November 19. Questions? call Village Hall at 847-551-3800.
- Community Service Award Winners (GRAND MARSHALLS)
- Century 21 Roberts & Andrews
- Cub Scout Pack 3 (St Catherine's)
- Cub Scout Pack 43
- Cub Scout Pack 88
- Cub Scout Troop 36 (Dundee Highlands)
- Dixon Dance Acedemy
- Duke’s Blues-N-BBQ
- Dundee Animal Hospital
- Dundee Township
- Dundee Township Park District Dancers
- Dundee Township Republican Organization
- Durham School Services
- East Dundee Fire District
- Elgin Fire Barn #5 Museum
- Faith Lutheran Church
- Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1941
- Girl Scout Troop 261
- Girl Scout Troop 440
- Girl Scout Troop 476
- Girl Scout Troop 639
- Girl Scout Troop 619
- Golden Paws
- Leaf's Ice Center
- Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce
- Rutland Dundee Fire Protection District
- swell gallery
- The Ballet Box
- The Early Education Station
- TOGA Talent Agency/TOGA Talent Live
- Tri-Cities Little League
- VFW Color Guard
- Village of East Dundee
- West Dundee Fire Department
- West Dundee Police Department
- West Dundee President & Board of Trustees
- West Dundee Public Works Department
- West Suburban Shrine Club
- ...and of course, Santa on his sleigh!
Santa’s WorkshopGrafelman Park
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Pay a visit to Santa, make some fun holiday crafts and enjoy treats and hot cocoa.
Petting ZooGrafelman 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 ConstructionFirst United Methodist Church - 4th & Main
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 DisplayGrafelman 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Dundee Lions Club.
Reading of A Christmas CarolThe Mansion Bed & Breakfast - 305 W Oregon
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 SantaRandall Oaks Golf Club and Banquets - 4101 Binnie Road
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 ShopFirst United Methodist Church - 4th and Main
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 SaleBethlehem Lutheran Church - 401 W Main St
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-BazaarBethlehem Lutheran Church - 401 W Main St
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".
“Amy Loved Weekends” Book Reading & Signingswell gallery - 123½ West Main St
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local Author Raymond Bellock love trains. When he heard a true story over 2 decades ago about a train conductor, told from the perspective of his granddaughter, it stuck with him. He now shares this story in his self-published book, "Amy Loved Weekends".
This heartwarming tale, based on a true story, tells of a young girl whose grandfather presents her with a mystery. A chance meeting reveals the truth to be something more beautiful than she could ever have imagined. A story of kindness, Christmas, and trains. This is a story of American history, based in the Great Depression, a touching way to share with your child an account from American's past.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Author Raymond Bellock will be available for autographs and conversation.
11:00 am & 12:00 pm - Listen to a reading of Raymond’s heartwarming Christmas story, “Amy Loved Weekends”.
Holiday Spectacular Children Tent (Heated)
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Our heated tent will be filled with kid’s crafts, popcorn, cotton candy and games.
- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Come by and meet some of Randall Oaks Zoo's furry and feathered friends
- 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Face Painting
- 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. • Holiday Quartet
- 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Visit from the Ice Princesses with their Flurry Friend for photos and autographs
Holiday Spectacular Tent (Heated)
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Season finale Holiday Concert by “Delta Rising” on the main stage.
Enjoy the last of our concert series for the season, hearing many Christmas favorites and some good old rock & roll and our final holiday concert on the main stage.
Music sponsored by Togo Talent
Throughout the Season
Christmas Tree SalesGrafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington
November 23 through December 10 including Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Purchase your Christmas tree from the Dundee Lions Club!
Sales will begin on "Black Friday", November 23 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 ContestThroughout 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 email@example.com or by visiting one of the following locations:
- West Dundee Village Hall starting Monday, November 19 during regular work hours or Friday, December 1 during Living Windows.
- West Dundee VFW Post 2298 on Friday, December 1 during Fezziwig’s Festivities.
- swell gallery on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (on the Spirit of Christmas Parade route).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 MailboxAround 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.
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive an answer personally from Santa!
Dundee Elf Facebook ContestParticipating Downtown Businesses
November 23 through December 23
Santa’s elves are hiding in downtown Dundee!
Stop by any of the businesses bearing the Dundee Elf badge (view badge) this holiday season to find their elf. Each time you find an elf, snap a picture (elfie selfie!) and post it to that business’s Facebook page with the hashtag #DundeeElf2017.
For each tagged post, you will be entered into a drawing for a prize basket with an item or items from each participating business (limit 10 entries per person). The total prize value is a minimum of $20 per participating business. One winner will be randomly selected after the contest ends.
For more information, visit the Dundee Elf Facebook Event Page.
Christmas at Centerville SchoolRandall Oaks Park - 1180 N. Randall Road
December 3 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Children of all ages are invited to make crafts and take a tour of the historic school house. Santa will be at the adjacent Randall Oaks Zoo.
Gingerbread House ContestPiece-A-Cake Bakery - 304 N River St
Deadline for entries is December 1
Purchase your kit for $15 from Piece-a-Cake Bakery—call 847-836-6703 to order. Entries are due by December 1. Drop them off at Piece-of-Cake Bakery. Winners will be announced at 2 PM on December 2 in the Holiday Spectacular Tent. Winners need to be present.
Facebook Photo Bomb Contest with Our Big Chair
Deadline for entries is December 21st
Deadline for entries is December 22nd for great prizes from local businesses. Winners will be posted on Facebook and at The Depot.
During the Holiday Season
2018 marks the 31st 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
Village of West DundeeJoe Cavallaro
Barbara Traver & Kim Tibbetts
Email West Dundee
Village of East DundeeBarbara Sypien
Email East Dundee
Spirit of Christmas ParadeKim Tibbetts & Tim Haley
or Village Hall (847) 551-3800
Email the Parade Committee
Christmas Tree SalesDundee Lions Club
Email Mr. Buhrmann
Ron Rhoades Festival of TreesDundee Lions Club
Email Mr. McClung
Email West Dundee