East Dundee planning more activities in annual Dickens in Dundee festival
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media October 9, 2013 9:42AM
Spectators pass by decorated trees at Grafelman Park in West Dundee during the 2010 Dickens in Dundee festival. East Dundee wants to expand its role this year in the annual winter festival. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:12AM
East Dundee will play a bigger role in this year’s annual Dickens in Dundee festivities than it has in the past.
While both East and West Dundee celebrate the December holiday event with tree lightings and visits from Santa in their respective villages, West Dundee includes other activities such as the Living Windows displays, where storefronts in downtown West Dundee come to life with people in costume to represent Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and other holiday favorites.
This year, East Dundee also will have a Living Windows display, with direction from members of the Fox Performing Arts Center.
“They’ll be helping us to put together a display of dancers from the era of Dickens in all the storefront windows on River Street,” said Trustee Kirstin Wood, who also sits on the village’s Community Events Commission.
The Dickens in Dundee event is set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7.
Weather permitting, East Dundee will host ice skating at The Depot that Friday night and Saturday.
“We’re also looking to extend our holiday decor on River Street,” Wood said. “Right now, we’re hoping to have not just Route 72 with snowflakes on the light poles but all the way down River Street so it’s much more festive.”
East Dundee’s tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at The Depot, 319 River St. And West Dundee’s tree lighting will follow at 7 p.m. at the West Dundee Village Hall, 102 S. Second St.
Saturday’s Spirit of Christmas parade will step off at 10 a.m., making its way through both East and West Dundee.
West Dundee’s activities also include a cookie walk; horse-drawn sleigh rides; and the Festival of Trees, where community members can vote for the best decorated Christmas trees with donations of loose change and dollars, among other events.
Wood said East Dundee is still in the process of planning more festivities for the Dickens in Dundee event.
“We want to draw people in and showcase the downtown, which a lot of people forget about because it’s off of Route 72,” she said. “We’re looking forward to making it a more festive place.”
A schedule of events can be seen at www.dickensindundee.org.