December 5 — 7, 2014

Celebrating Dundee's Community Spirit
During the Holiday Season

2014 marks the 27th 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 at the Dundee Township Visitors Center (The Depot) on River Street. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo (10am-Noon) and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Events take place in East and West Dundee. See the Schedule of Events for a complete listing, event descriptions, dates, times and locations.

Want to Volunteer?

Dickens Committee Contacts

Village of West Dundee
Joe Cavallaro
Barbara Traver & Kim Tibbetts
(847) 551-3800
Email West Dundee

Village of East Dundee
Karen Blair
(847) 426-2822 Email East Dundee

Spirit of Christmas Parade
Kim Tibbetts & Tim Haley
(847) 428-5849
or Village Hall (847) 551-3800
Email the Parade Committee

Christmas Tree Sales
Dundee Lions Club
Mike Buhrmann
(847) 204-2532
Email Mr. Buhrmann

Ron Rhoades Festival of Trees
Dundee Lions Club
Jim McClung
(847) 931-7127
Email Mr. McClung

2014 Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:
Dundee Lions Club
Made to Measure
Zeller Marketing

Charles Dickens Sponsors:
Around The Corner Candy
Bii Hair Salon, a Natural Salon
BMO Harris Bank
Underground Retrocade

Bob Cratchit Sponsors:
Bikini Bottom Bar & Grill

Petting Zoo Sponsor:
First American Bank

Fezziwig's Sponsor:
Tri-Cities Evergreen VFW Post 2298

Santa's Sleigh Sponsor:
Schock's Towing

Tiny Tim Sponsor:
Francesca's Campagna

Living Windows
FRIDAY 12/5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Main St between 1st and 2nd in West Dundee
& River St in East Dundee

Watch as the storefronts in downtown East and West Dundee come to life with holiday scenes. There will be a ton a great window displays to see!

In West Dundee, start at Around the Corner Candy and make your way east on the south side of Main Street. They cross over at First Street and make your way back, ending at Spa Bleu.

In East Dundee, start by The Depot and head south along River Street and west on Main Street. Six scenes from A Christmas Carol will be presented along River Street.

Click to see which storefronts will be hosting Living Windows.

Living Windows 2014

"Toys For Tots" Toy Drive
FRIDAY 12/5, 6:00 — 8:00 pm thru Dec 12

Romantica Boutique and Bii Natural Salon are teaming up to collect unwrapped NEW toy donations for the US Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program. Donations may be brought to Romantica, 125 W Main, during Living Windows or to Bii, 1955 Huntley Rd, through December 12, 2014.

Piece A Cake Bakery, 304 River Street, is serving as a donation collection point in downtown East Dundee. Toys for Tots donations will collected at Piece A Cake through December 12, 2014.

East Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
FRIDAY 12/5, 6:00 pm

The Depot - 319 River Street, East Dundee

Join East Dundee officials for the lighting of the Village Christmas tree and the joyful sounds of the Dundee-Crown Chamber Choir. Immediately following the tree lighting, Santa will arrive on a fire truck to greet families and their children. Take pictures with Santa while warming up in The Depot with hot chocolate and cider provided by volunteers of the Dundee Township Visitor's Center. Listen to the sounds of Victorian Carolers, as River Street is turned into a winter wonderland!

Horse-Drawn Carriage/Wagon Rides
FRIDAY 12/5, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
SATURDAY 12/6, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
& Sat Dec 13, 20 & 27 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

River Street, East Dundee

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown East Dundee on Friday night from 6-9pm. Adults (12 and older) cost $10, no charge for children under 12. On Saturday, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides after the parade from 10am-2pm. Adults (12 and older) cost $5, no charge for children under 12.

Tickets are available for purchase at Sweet Pop Fizz, across from The Depot. Carriage rides will continue on Saturdays from 4-8pm throughout the month of December.

Warming House & Santa Claus
FRIDAY 12/5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

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 the man in red!

Shop With A Cop Raffle
FRIDAY 12/5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

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 of 5 for $20.00. Prizes include:

  • $1,000 Cash! - sponsored by Schock's Towing & Shop With A Cop
  • Sony PS4 500GB & $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card - sponsored by Pete's Towing
  • Samsung 40" Smart LED TV - sponsored by Rainbow Landscaping
  • Brandon Saad Blackhawks Jersey - sponsored by Pro Image Sports
  • $50 Shell Gas Card - sponsored by Shell

Winners will be drawn shortly before 8:00 pm. Need not be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the West Dundee Police Department, 555 S. 8th Street.

West Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
FRIDAY 12/5, 7:00 pm

West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

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
FRIDAY 12/5, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

VFW Post 2298 - 117 S. First St.

Wrap up the evening in the warmth of the VFW's back banquet hall for appetizers, a cash bar, caroling and entertainment by Banna Irish Duo.

Breakfast with Santa
SATURDAY 12/6, 9:00 – 11:30 am

Randall Oaks Golf Club and Banquets - 4101 Binnie Road

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. Click here for details. Call (847)428-5661 ext 2 to reserve your seat.

Dickens Breakfast
SATURDAY 12/6, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

VFW Post 2298 - 117 S. First St.

Before the parade kicks off, stop in for a made-to-order breakfast at the VFW, including eggs, bacon, potatoes and other breakfast favorites.

Spirit of Christmas Parade
SATURDAY 12/6, 10:00 am

Main 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.

Parade Registration Form

Register by E-Mail or Fax: 847-551-3809 by Wednesday, November 26. Questions? call Village Hall at 847-551-3800.

Line-up starts at 9:10 AM
Parade starts promptly at 10 AM

Santa's Workshop & Petting Zoo
SATURDAY 12/6, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Grafelman Park

Pay a visit to Santa and his animal friends, make some fun holiday crafts and enjoy treats and hot cocoa.

Santa's Petting Zoo is sponsored by First American Bank.

Gingerbread House Making
SATURDAY 12/6, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

First United Methodist Church - 4th & Main

Decorate your very own gingerbread house with candy and goodies. One kit per family, $15 per kit.

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

Christmas Tree Sales
SATURDAY 12/6 & SUNDAY 12/7, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Through December 15

Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

Purchase your Christmas tree from the Dundee Lions Club!

Sales will begin on "Black Friday", November 28 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 around December 15.

The Dundee Lions will take collection of non-perishable food items and diapers for donation to the FISH Pantry, and also eyeglasses, cell phones and battery chargers, hearing aids and old keys for recycling.

Ron Rhoades Festival of Trees
SATURDAY 12/6, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Grafelman Park - Main St between 4th & 5th

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 a Gold Award ($40) and Silver Award ($25) given in each category.

This year, the People's Choice Award ($50) will be determined via social media. Vote for your favorite tree on the Dundee Lions Facebook Page beginning on Sunday, December 7, through Sunday, December 14.

Sponsored by the Dundee Lions Club.

Community Gingerbread House Contest
From 11/18 until 12/6 at 1:30 pm

Contestants can create their own gingerbread houses from scratch or may purchase a kit from Piece-A-Cake Bakery for $15 beginning on Tuesday, November 18 (limited quantities available). Gingerbread house kits will also be available for $15 as part of the Gingerbread Village event on December 6.

All entries must be made of gingerbread, must be edible and must have a base no larger than 18". Decorated houses can be dropped off beginning Tuesday, December 2 at Piece-A-Cake Bakery, 304 River Street in East Dundee, and must be received by Saturday December 6 at 2:30 pm.

Winners must be present at 319 N. River Street in East Dundee on December 6 at 3:00 pm for the final announcements. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Recreational (under age 18) and Professional (age 18+). Decorated houses will be on display throughout the week leading up to December 6.

Besides bragging rights, prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.

Reading of A Christmas Carol
SATURDAY 12/6, 1:30 pm

The 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.

Sweets & Crafts Shop
SATURDAY 12/6, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

First United Methodist Church - 318 W. Main

Enter on the west side of the church into the Fireside Room for a cup of chilli 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.

Cookie Walk, Boutique
SATURDAY 12/6, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

First Congregational Church - 900 S 8th St (31)

Homemade holiday cookies and candies will be available in many varieties and will be sold by weight at “The Church on the Hill.” Pick your own specialty holiday cookies from the selection; there is no need to bake this Christmas! A boutique of handmade holiday items – gifts and home decor – will also be on sale.

This year’s event will be also include a Nativity Walk! Nativity sets, borrowed from congregation members, will be on display along with a bit of their history.

For further details, call the church at 847-426-2161 ext. 202 or visit their website at

Dickens of a Christmas Sale
SATURDAY 12/6, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church - 410 W Main St

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 lunch across the hall in the "Bethlehem Kitchen".

Bethlehem Kitchen
SATURDAY 12/6, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church - 410 W Main St

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

Raffle tickets will be available for $2, or 3 tickets for $5, to win a handmade quilt. Winners will be drawn on December 15.

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

Nativity Walk & Children's Parties
SATURDAY 12/6, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church - 310 E Main St, East Dundee

Immanuel Lutheran Church of East Dundee invites the public to view a gallery of nativity displays: old, new, handmade, miniature and many more! You will marvel at the unique ways the nativity story is presented.

Parents can bring their children, ages 2 to 3rd grade, to our preschool area anytime between 11-4 for their own special party and nativity story.

Children's Drop-In Holiday Craft
SATURDAY 12/6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fox River Valley Library District
Dundee Library - 555 Barrington Ave (Rte 68), East Dundee
Randall Oaks Branch - 500 N. Randall Rd, West Dundee

Stop by the Dundee Library or the Randall Oaks Branch Library to warm up your frosty fingers by making a special Dickens-themed holiday craft just for kids.

Drop in any time between 9:00 am & 5:30 pm at the Dundee Library or between 9:00 am & 5:00 pm at the Randall Oaks Branch.

Movie Showing: The Polar Express
SATURDAY 12/6, 2:00 pm

Fox River Valley Library District
Dundee Library - 555 Barrington Ave (Rte 68), East Dundee

Renew your belief in Santa Claus as you take a ride on a magical steam train to the North Pole. "The Polar Express", starring Tom Hanks as the voice of the conductor, is a motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas film based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Free popcorn and refreshments will be provided. The movie will be shown in the Meeting Room on the Lower Level.

Dickens' Christmas Dinner & Dance
SATURDAY 12/6, 5:00 – 10:00 pm

Randall Oaks Golf Club and Banquets - 4101 Binnie Road

Reserve your seats now to enjoy eggnog and hors d'oeuvres from 5-6pm, a four course dinner and live entertainment from 6-8pm, and dancing and photo booth from 8-11pm, all in holiday ambiance complete with traditional "Dickens" attire. (Guests are encouraged to dress the part as well!)

Tickets are $45 per person. Reservations are required. Proceeds from this event will be donated to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Call (847)428-5661 ext 2 to reserve your seat or table.

Christmas at Centerville School
SUNDAY 12/7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Randall Oaks Park - 1180 N. Randall Road

Children of all ages are invited to make Christmas ornaments and visit with Santa. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to bring your camera! Donations appreciated.

House Decorating Contest
Online voting 12/16 - 12/24

Throughout East and West Dundee

THE ENTRY DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 15! Online voting will take place from the December 16 through Christmas Eve, December 24.

Are you a Martha Stewart or Clark Griswold when it comes to holiday decorating?

Residents of East and West Dundee are invited to compete in an outdoor holiday decorating contest, including the following categories:

Best Dickens Theme
Best Toyland Theme
Best Winter Wonderland Theme
Best Use of Lighting
Best Apartment Dweller
Best Dundee Business

Register your house or business by December 15 by emailing Please include your name, address of the property, contact information and which category you would like to compete in, along with a photograph of your entry. (Your photograph does NOT need to be professional quality to enter!)

Online voting for the contest will begin on Sunday, December 16 on the Cindy Kennedy Photography Facebook page. You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the entries.

Winners will be announced on Monday, December 29. Prizes include but are not limited to a beautiful photo of your winning entry by West Dundee photographer Cindy Kennedy.