Looking for a festive and charming event for your family to kick off the holiday season? Check out Dickens in Dundee, which is celebrating its 32nd year this coming weekend, December 6th and 7th! What started in 1988 as a small community gathering with caroling and searching for Tiny Tim’s crutch in the local stores has grown to a weekend holiday festival supported by various businesses and groups in both East and West Dundee.

Many organizations have been responsible for keeping Dickens in Dundee going over the years, including the Dundee Jaycees, the Dundee Lions Club, the Dundee Historical Society, local churches, lots of community volunteers, and of course, local businesses like Leith Heating & Cooling!

The weekend kicks off on the first Friday in December with tree lightings in both East and West Dundee. Stroll through both downtown areas and see local merchant’s windows “come alive” during Living Windows. Come and see your favorite HVAC guy, Brian, playing the fiddle at the RocHaus at 8 pm in Controlled Burn! Saturday morning starts with the Spirit of Christmas Parade, which begins at Second Street in West Dundee, travels across the Main Street Bridge into East Dundee, and ends near the Dundee Township Visitors Center (The Depot) on River Street. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, the Festival of Trees in Graffelman Park, and breakfast Santa Claus himself!

Visit www.dickensindundee.org for a full schedule and more information!

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