December 6 & 7, 2013

Celebrating Dundee's Community Spirit
During the Holiday Season

2013 marks not the 26th year of our annual Dickens in Dundee activities. 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 Dundee Jaycees (now disbanded) 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 and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Events take place in West Dundee unless otherwise noted. 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
Gail Hess
(847) 426-2822 Email East Dundee

Spirit of Christmas Parade
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

2013 Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:
Dundee Lions Club

Petting Zoo Sponsor:
First American Bank

Santa's Sleigh Sponsor:
Schock's Towing

Craft Tent Sponsor:
Starbucks

Living Windows
FRIDAY 12/6, 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 Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and other holiday favorites.

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. There will be a ton a great window displays to see!

East Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
FRIDAY 12/6, 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!

River Street Wonderland Passport
FRIDAY 12/6, 6:00 – 9:00 pm & SATURDAY 12/7

River Street businesses, East Dundee

Pick up your passport at participating businesses and have it stamped by the businesses along River Street. Each business will provide a holiday goodie!

Carol for a Can
FRIDAY 12/6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

East Dundee

Start at Bandito Barney's, follow a professional quartet and carol to the downtown businesses. Bring a canned good for the FISH Pantry. At 8:00, continue into the neighborhood, collecting additional canned goods. at 9:00 bring collections to The Depot for a Sing-Off. Winners will be asked to perform in the Spirit of Christmas Parade on Saturday at 10:00 am.

Warming House & Santa Claus
FRIDAY 12/6, 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!

West Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
FRIDAY 12/6, 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 12/6, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

VFW Post 2298 - 117 S. First St.

(Please note - New location this year!) Wrap up the evening in the warmth of the VFW's back banquet hall for snacks, a cash bar, caroling and entertainment by violin ensemble 4 Strings Attached.

Spirit of Christmas Parade
SATURDAY 12/7, 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 Friday, November 29. Questions? call Village Hall at 847-551-3800 or Parade Coordinator Tim Haley at 847-428-5849.

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

Santa's Workshop & Petting Zoo
SATURDAY 12/7, 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 Village
SATURDAY 12/7, 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 (fee based).

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

Christmas Tree Sales
SATURDAY 12/7 & SUNDAY 12/8, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Grafelman Park Tennis Court - 5th & Washington

Purchase your Christmas tree from the Dundee Lions Club!

Sales will begin on "Black Friday", November 29 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 12/7, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Grafelman Park - Main St between 4th & 5th

Vote for the best decorated Christmas trees with your donations of loose change and dollars.

Trees are decorated by local school groups and clubs on Friday for voting on Saturday. Participating schools and clubs keep the donations made for their tree, and the group with the most donations wins an additional cash prize!

Sponsored by the Dundee Lions Club.

Community Giving Tree
SATURDAY 12/7, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Grafelman Park Gazebo - Main & 5th

Get into the holiday spirit by giving to the less fortunate.

Help decorate the community giving tree with gently used hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to be donated to keep local families warm this winter.

Donations of non-perishable food and other items will be accepted by the Dundee Lions on behalf of the FISH food pantry.

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Beginning 11/18 – 12/7 at 1:30 pm

New this year is a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. Contestants can create their own gingerbread houses from scratch or may purchase a kit from Piece A Cake Bakery for $12 each beginning on November 18 (limited to 100 kits). Gingerbread house kits will also be available for $12 as part of the Gingerbread Village event on December 7.

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 3 at Piece A Cake Bakery, 304 River Street in East Dundee, and must be received by Saturday December 7 at 1:30 pm.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Recreational (under age 18), and Professional (age 18+), as well as a "people's choice" winner. Decorated houses will be on display throughout the week leading up the December 7, with ballots available for People's Choice judging at designated River Street businesses. Winners must be present at 316 River Street in East Dundee on December 7 at 3:00 for the final announcements.

Prizes include, 1st Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Place: Classroom/Team Pizza Party from Diamond Jim's, 3rd Place: Classroom/Team party at Van's Frozen Custard. Professional prizes TBA.

Gingerbread House Contest Entry Form

Entry forms also available at Village Hall (East and West Dundee), Piece A Cake Bakery, The Depot/Dundee Township Visitors Center.

Children's Drop-In Holiday Craft
SATURDAY 12/7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fox River Valley Library District
Dundee Library - 555 Barrington Ave, 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.

Sweets & Crafts Shop
SATURDAY 12/7, 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 & Nativity Walk
SATURDAY 12/7, 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 even bigger and better with our third annual 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. 210 or visit the Website at http://www.fccdundee.com.

Dickens of a Christmas Sale
SATURDAY 12/7, 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 12/7, 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.

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

Reading of A Christmas Carol
SATURDAY 12/7, 1:30 pm

The Mansion Bed & Breakfast - 305 W Oregon

Cozy in to the Victorian elegance of the Mansion and listen while Dundee Highland's own Mrs. 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.

Dickens' Christmas Dinner & Dance
SATURDAY 12/7, 5:00 – 11:00 pm

Randall Oaks Golf Club and Banquets - 4101 Binnie Road

Reserve your seats now to enjoy cocktails and eggnog from 5-6pm, a four course meal 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 $60 per person. Reservations are required. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will support FISH Pantry to aid local families in need.

House Decorating Contest
Voting SATURDAY 12/7 at 8:00 pm – SUNDAY 12/8 at 3:00 pm

Throughout East and West Dundee

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 Use of Characters
Best Use of Lighting
Best Apartment Dweller
Winter Wonderland

Register your house by December 1 by emailing decorating4dickens@gmail.com or submitting an entry form at Village Hall (East or West Dundee), West Dundee Public Safety Centers or The Depot. Entries must include your name, address of the property, contact information and which category you would like to compete in.

Houses will be photographed and judged on December 7 between the hours of 6-8 pm (So leave the lights on!). Photos and addresses of participating homes will be posted online HERE where votes can be cast beginning after 8:00 pm Saturday through Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Winners will be notified and posted online by Sunday at 5:00 pm. Besides bragging rights, prizes include, but are not limited to, Riverwalk Bricks to commemorate the occasion and a beautiful photo of your winning entry by West Dundee photographer Cindy Kennedy.

Christmas at Centerville School
SUNDAY 12/8, 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.