Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2018
Friday, November 30
Living WindowsMain 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
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
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
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 & 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 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, November 30.
- Bii Hair Salon - 1955 Huntley Rd (WD) - from November 16 through December 7. Visit biihairsalon.com for hours of operation.
- Randall Oaks Golf Club - 4101 Binnie Rd (WD) - Through December 1, 2018
Saturday, December 1
Spirit of Christmas ParadeMain St (72) in West Dundee
Gather with friends and neighbors along Main Street in anticipation of Santa's appearance during this classic Christmas parade.
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 Monday, November 19.
Questions? call Village Hall at 847-551-3800.
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 DecoratingFirst 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 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.)
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 email@example.com.
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
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 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".
Throughout the Season
Dickens Decorating ContestThroughout East and West Dundee
Stay tuned for more information.
Christmas Tree SalesGrafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington
November 23 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 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 9.
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.
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!
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 DundeeBarbara Traver & Kim Tibbetts
Email West Dundee
Village of East DundeeBrad Mitchell
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