Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2018

Schedule and details are subject to change
  • Friday, November 30

    • Living Windows

      Main 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

      West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

      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

      West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

      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

      West Dundee Village Hall - 102 S 2nd Street

      7:00 pm

      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 & Fundraiser

      Various 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:

  • Saturday, December 1

    • Spirit of Christmas Parade

      Main St (72) in West Dundee

      10:00 am

      Gather with friends and neighbors along Main Street in anticipation of Santa's appearance during this classic Christmas parade.

      Parade Registration Form

      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 Workshop

      Grafelman Park

      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

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

    • Petting Zoo

      Grafelman 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 Decorating

      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 Display

      Grafelman 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

      Sponsored by the Dundee Lions Club.

    • Reading of A Christmas Carol

      1:30 pm

      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 Santa

      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 Sale

      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-Bazaar

      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 Contest

      Throughout East and West Dundee

      Stay tuned for more information.

    • Christmas Tree Sales

      Grafelman 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 Mailbox

      Around The Corner Candy - 101 S 1st Street

      November 23 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!

    • Bethlehem Christmas Live!

      December 7 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM & December 8 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

      The celebration continues the week after Dickens in Dundee, as Bethlehem Lutheran Church presents Bethlehem Christmas Live! Travel through Bethlehem as the first Christmas comes to life. Experience live performances from the first Christmas to modern day on a 30 minute guided outdoor walking tour that portrays events before, during and after the birth of Christ.

      The outdoor playlets in the churchyard will feature members of the congregation in costume on sets with sound effects and lighting. The presentation will include:

      • An Angel Appears to Mary: Mary learns from Gabriel that she will be the mother of Jesus

      • No Room at the Inn: Joseph and Mary hear they will have no place to stay for Jesus’ birth

      • Shepherds Hear the Good News: Frightened, excited shepherds learn of the birth of Jesus

      • The Shepherds' Visit: Shepherds become the Holy Family's first visitors

      • The Three Kings Visit: Distant leaders bring gifts to the young Jesus

      • Today's Savior: A modern-day teenage girl who is being verbally bullied has an interaction with the adult Jesus

      Guides will assemble small groups prior to beginning each outdoor experience. Dress for winter weather. Indoor activities like crafts and cookie decorating will be offered and refreshments will be served. Meet Bethlehem’s comfort dogs Noah and Luke.

      Check in at the 4th Street side entrance to the red brick church at 401 W Main St. in West Dundee.

      For more information about Bethlehem Lutheran Church and its activities, visit or call 847-426-7311.

Celebrating Dundee's
Community Spirit
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