Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch, IL with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this Volunteer Public Art Exhibit while strolling among the delightful streets of Antioch. You'll enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops, and eateries. All Dicken Characters are made from the ground up by Dicken Volunteers. Our Volunteers plan on featuring more Dickens Characters this year!
Dickens Holiday Village will be outside on the sidewalks of Downtown Antioch beginning Thanksgiving Day thru New Year's Day, 24/7, for you to enjoy. Each character exhibit has a plaque which describes the scene you are seeing and how life was in the Dickens Era.
Begin your Dickens Experience at our Dickens Welcome Center, in the heart of our Downtown (located inside of Hannahs on Lake Street). At the Welcome Center, you'll enjoy Dickens style hospitality as you receive your free Walking Tour Brochure and learn more about Dickens Holiday Village.
In 2018, we are introducing our Kringle Saturday Family Fun Pop Ups!
On Saturdays in December, you'll find various family friendly activities at our Kringle Big Top Tent located next to the intersection of Main Street and Orchard Street in Downtown Antioch, IL. From Noon till 6 pm we will have a variety of activites . . . some lasting throughout the afternoon, others making a brief appearance. Here are just a few fun activites we are working on for 2018:
- Fire Pit - Roast Marshmellows;
- Carollers or Musicians (12-2) alternating each Saturday;
- Pop Up Craft Booths (12-6), weather permitting;
- Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (contact Blu Rain Massage for Booking, 847-395-6044);
- More Activities are being planned - check with the Antioch Chamber Office at 847-395-2233 for the upcoming Saturday Activities (in December only).
Interested in being a part of our Saturday Pop Ups? Contact the Antioch Chamber in advance.
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Thanks to the generosity of Raymond Chevrolet-Kia, the Antioch Chamber is continuing to offer free public viewing of our Dickens Holiday Program, Kringle Christmas Village, and our weeknight Santa's Enchanted Village! Watch for special Holiday Promotions provided by Raymond Chevrolet-Kia during our Holiday Parade and Programs in 2018!
Dickens Tour Opportunities
Walking Tours and Bus Tours
There are several types of tours available for Antioch's Dickens Holiday Village (Thanksgiving thru New Year's Day). All tours begin at our Dickens Welcome Center located in Downtown Antioch. Please CLICK HERE for complete tour information. If you are coming with friends or a small group, you can pick up your free Walking Tour Brochures.
Please allow time to enjoy Antioch's quaint downtown and eateries as you enjoy our Dickens Experience.
Our Dickens Volunteers are very proud of what they created for our community and love to share their stories of the year-long project of bringing Dickens to life while leading a tour.
Family Fun on Saturdays
Saturdays-Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 of 2018
On special Saturdays you'll find Dickens Fun throughout Downtown Antioch. Perhaps you'll enjoy musical interludes with Street Musicians strolling throughout an afternoon while bringing musical cheer to Antioch. Another Saturday afternoon you might enjoy the vocal talents of strolling carollers. (Strolling Musicians dates TBA) (Strolling Carroller dates TBA).
Scrooge: Bring the kids to find Scrooge on Saturdays in December thru 12/15/18 (Noon-2). The kids should look around downtown to find Scrooge. If they spot him, Scrooge will give them some shiny new pennies, while grumbling the whole time (Scrooge hates to part with a penny.)
A Community Volunteer Art Project
In 2012, a Downtown Merchant - Charlie, brought the idea of a Dickens Art Project to the Antioch Chamber. Charlie occasionally travels for business and had seen a Dickens program in another state. With the perserverance of Charlie, the Antioch Chamber began to explore the possibility how Dickens and what a Volunteer Art Project would entail.
The Antioch Chamber quickly learned that Volunteers are key to this program, Among the many things that Antioch, IL is known for, volunteerism ranks near the top of the list! Dickens Holiday Village has been created from the ground up from volunteers . . . almost everything was handmade by several volunteer committees which were formed to bring Dickens Holiday Village to Antioch:
Mannequin Committee-each Dicken character is handmade by our volunteers, building the mannequins out of wood and even making some of the mannequins movable to pose for different scenes;
Art Committee-our Artistic volunteers use strophone heads, then sculpt them and paint them for our real life Dickens look. Each Dickens Head is a work of art in themselves and took the artist many hours to create. Art volunteers also create props as needed;
Storyline Committee-these creative people wrote a story which we used as a template and worked together to create the Dickens experience. You'll see the happy side of the Dickens Era and also experience the sad side of Dickens as you see young children working to help support their families;
Apparel Committee-a talented group of women bonded together to outfit our Dickens Characters in clothing appropriate to the Dickens Era, in many cases, creating the outfits in their own homes;
Promotion Committee - these volunteers work with our business community to bring fun Dickens activities to the public to enjoy (even for your the dogs!);
Snow Removal Committee - if our Dickens Characters get covered with snow, volunteer families will come and gently brush the snow off our Dickens Characters; and
Dickens Guardian Angels - Keep an eye open for possible vandalism and report it to our Antioch Police Department at 847-395-8585.
Dickens Souvenirs & Merchandise
Available at the Dickens Welcome Center (inside of Hannahs on Lake Street) in Downtown Antioch
THANKSGIVING DAY THRU NEW YEAR'S DAY
Dickens Logo Coffee Mugs & Sweatshirts
Oliver Logo Coffee Mugs & Sweatshirts
Scrooge U Logo Coffee Mugs & Sweatshirts
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