Welcome to Dresden!

Kinsmen Fish Fry and Dance with Toast N Jam @ Dresden Arena
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 1:00 am
Kinsmen Fish Fry and Dance with Toast N Jam @ Dresden Arena

Dresden Kinsmen fish fry $30 per person. Saturday January 25th. Dresden Kinsmen will be cooking up a great meal for everyone. Tickets available from any Kinsmen member, McKellar’s Flowers & Ellis Motors

DRESDEN SHINES: Self Guided Illumination Tour
Dec 1 2020 @ 1:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Town HallOriginally a post office, the building has served many purposes including Dresden Town Hall, Police Station and jail, and a large apartment. Currently home to a Municipal Service Centre and Service Ontario office. Dresden Shines committee members Cindy Brewer and Tyler Ouellette had a vision for this building and Liz Kominek shepherded the approvals and a team to get the lights up, and the Town Hall now stands proudly over the community lit up to celebrate the Holiday Season.

Brown Street Windows – A number of community members took up the challenge of decorating the windows of this building, each window has its own theme and are such a delight to view. Take a stroll down Brown Street to view the creativity and love that went into this attraction.

Downtown Businesses- The Dresden downtown merchants are rolling out the welcome mat and invite you to stroll our downtown on Thursday nights to enjoy the festive lights and window displays. Take note of the cleverly customized gnomes created by Patti Irwin and family!

Lamp Post Lights- A community project spearheaded by Lynda Weese, supported by all our local service clubs and partially funded by The Chatham Kent Community Foundation brought these spectacular new Christmas lights to Dresden in 2019. These lights, that radiate stars and ribbons lead you through the main street of our charming little town.

Lamp post wrap lights- The Dresden Night Market Team- led by Morena McDonald and Tyler Ouellette -started wrapping these poles for the Night Markets in 2017. With smart lights, you never know what colours you’ll see!

Reindeer on the Rooftop – Matt Lessard and Myriam Armstrong recently purchased this building and have created a stunning display of Reindeer on the Roof. The display is sure to delight the little ones in your family and give you reason to smile.

Lambton Kent Composite School- LKCS is home to the cardinals and a brilliant light display at the north end of the school coordinated by teachers and local volunteers Ian Avery and Derek Kominek.

Dresden Area Central School- DACS to locals is the public elementary school in Dresden. Sign display created by DACS Parent Council.

South End Welcome to Dresden sign – The south end sign was erected in 2008 as a result of a partnership between the Rotary Club of Dresden and The Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The welcoming Christmas display was created by Jim Konecny.

North end Welcome to Dresden sign- The north end sign was erected in 2006 as a result of a partnership between the Rotary Club of Dresden and The Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The light display was created by our local volunteer firefighters who finished the task just moments before a fire call came in. The good news is; there was not a fire.

Kinsmen Park- One of Dresden’s oldest service clubs, the Kinsmen have been serving Dresden’s greatest needs since 1939. The towering Christmas tree was decorated by the Kinsmen members to bring the joy of the season to the community.

Dresden Kinsmen Community Splash Pad- The Splash Pad was completed in June, 2020 as a result of the dedication of an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Committee member Patti Irwin and her family were eager to decorate the Splash Pad area and proud to create a great Dresden Shines attraction.

Library- One of the few remaining operating Carnegie Libraries, our community is proud of this century building. Jenn Wallace and family created the light display that spans the entire corner and it is a must see highlight on the Illumination Tour.

Jackson Park- Home of the Dresden Ministerial concerts in the summer months, Lucille Laprise initiated a team to decorate the bandshell with festive lights for the Holiday Season.

Dresden Rotary Memorial Gardens- Named in 2006, this park began to be developed over a decade earlier by the Dresden Rotary Club with the construction of the Tiffin Memorial Bandshell. Summer concerts have created a musical destination in Dresden since 2000. The structures in the park have been decorated with lights by volunteer Joe Kominek and willingly assisted by Rotarians John Lang and Liz Kominek.

IODE Tree of Tribute- The IODE have raised funds for local healthcare initiatives for a number of years through selling memorial bulbs. The biggest Christmas Tree in Dresden is lit up annually at the end of November in honour of many in our community. Although there will be no ceremony at the lighting of the tree this year it continues to stand tall over own town.

Gnome Village at Horticultural Society Medieval Gardens- This garden has been a work in progress over the years and continues to evolve, to the delight of local horticulturalists. Rose Northcott, her team of volunteers and the Dresden Horticultural Society have created a Gnome Village for you and your family to explore. This attraction is a walking tour option as the Gnomes are cleverly hidden and not visible from your car.

Czech Hall Gardens- The Czech Hall honours the strong Czech heritage in the Dresden community. Committee Members Al and Marion Kominek have decorated the Czech Hall with lights and our local volunteer firefighters tackled the job of lighting the trees on the Czech Hall grounds.

Driftwood Creations – Check out this creative driftwood Christmas Tree and Who Children designed and created by John Timperly

Kinsmen Cutouts- Judy Vandewegeh created the photo-opp cutouts scattered throughout the park. These are sure to be a hit and create memories for all who visit!

Arboretum Education Centre- The IODE constructed this building in 2001. Picnickers and community groups have enjoyed using this building on the edge of the Sydenham. Paul Weese and Tony Grubb created the light display that highlights this charming structure.

A number of Dresden service clubs and organizations have assisted in the coordination of decorating throughout town, including: BIA, Horticultural Society, IODE, Kinsmen, Volunteer Firefighters, Legion, Rotary, Splash Pad Committee, Dresden Sidestreets, Downtown Dresden Night Market, DACS Parent Council.
In addition, a large number of individuals have stepped forward to assist.
It is with gratitude that we acknowledge the contributions of all those who have shown that indeed, Dresden Shines #brightertogether.

Christmas Gnome Village @ Rotary Park
Dec 1 2020 @ 7:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 8:00 am
Christmas Gnome Village @ Rotary Park

There’s no place like Gnome for the holidays!

Come visit the Gnome Village in the Medevil Gardens behind the Rotary Park Bandshell!

Download the Eye Spy Game to Play with the kids in the Gnome Village Here:

Dresden Shines – I Spy with My Little Eye

Christmas Story Book Trail @ Rotary Park
Dec 1 2020 @ 7:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 8:00 am
Christmas Story Book Trail @ Rotary Park

Take a walk through the story trail at Rotary Park.

Don’t forget to bring your homemade ornament to hang on the Christmas Tree  along with a flashlight if you plan to visit at night!

A-DOOR-ABLE Door Decorating Competition: Self Guided Tour
Dec 1 2020 @ 8:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 5:00 pm
A-DOOR-ABLE Door Decorating Competition: Self Guided Tour

Get the Self Guided Tour Map Here:


Visit Dresden Shines on facebook to view pictures of the entries!

The judging is completed and indeed our judges had a daunting task. There were four judging criteria for each door that were marked: Execution of Theme, Originality/Creativity, Effort/Workmanship, Overall Effect/Execution of Presentation. Perfect marks were assessed to the winners in each division.
Nature’s Bounty: Jim Konecny, 865 Fuller St.
Children’s Theme: Lois Shaw, 416 Hughes St.
Best Use of Lights: Tracy Richmond, 503 St. George St.
Best Commercial: Tim Mathany Office (Pictures will be posted later.
All entrants deserve Honorable Mention. (in no particular order)
Nature’s Bounty: Grace Ritchie, Morietta Parsons, Shirley Hawkins, Trevor & Tammy McBrayne, Kerry Martin, Mary Whitson, Janet Strain, Beth McCabe, Sue Harris, Patty Pray.
Children’s Theme: Betty Ann Chase, Stephanie Jamieson, Becki Ritzer, Lena Finley, Joe/Chris Laprise, Olivia Grubb, Amanda Wilson, Lisa Croucher, Jen Pedersen.
Best Use of Lights: Shayla Sayers, Lisa Camillo, Natasha Brewer, Bill Long, Caitlin Wright, Shauna Gibson, Alicia Paddick.
Commercial Any Theme:Magic Mirror, MacTavish Pharmacy, Dresden Dental, Gary/s Gallery, Dresden Vet Clinic, Dresden Post Office, Dresden Meat Packers, Dresden Home Hardware.



Here is the categories and rules entrants had to follow:


  1. Children’s Theme
  2. Dresden Shines (Best Use of Lights)
  3. Nature’s Bounty (Using Natural Greenery)
  4. Best Commercial (Any Theme)


  1. Doorways include the front door and ONLY 2 feet on each side (May include urn/chair etc. within that area)
  2. Nature’s Bounty must use natural greenery ONLY (may add bows etc.)
  3. Located within the Town of Dresden



Judging will take place between December 1st and December 4th

Brighter Together Cup: Self Guided Tour
Dec 1 2020 @ 9:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Take the Brighter Together Neighborhood Cup Self Guided Tour to check out all of the awesome neighborhoods that entered the contest!

Everyone did an awesome job! Be sure to check them all out! Thank you to all participants 


Participating Teams

1. Trerice Street East: Creating Together

2. Leisure Lane: Christmas in the Lane

3. Venture Cres: Venture Shines

4. Stranak Cres: Stars on Stranak

5. Davies St East:  Candy Cane Lane

6. Richmond St:  Richmond’s Reindeers

7. Camden St West:  A Camden Christmas Vacation

8. North St & Centre:  Friends the Family We Choose

9. Hughes St: Hughes of Christmas Wonderland

10. Fuller St/Victoria:  A Fuller Victorian Christmas

11. Sydenham St East:  Songs of Sydenham




Here are the rules the entrants had to follow:

1.Participation is open to all personal residences within the boundaries of the Former Town of Dresden, Chatham-Kent.

2. Entry is free, no cost or fees apply.

3.Team Entry Applications must be received no later than 5 PM on November 27, 2020 either by email to dresdenshines@dresden.ca or drop off at McKellar’s Flowers. A minimum of 4 residences must be included on a neighbourhood team. All residences on a team must be on the same street provided that houses on an adjacent cross street may also be included on a neighbourhood team. Team Name must be indicated on the Application Form.

4.Contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be done from outside the residence only.

5.Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore only those decorations visible from the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets).

6.Judges will not enter the property to view back or side yards.

7.Participants agree to have one or more photos of their decorated residence exterior posted on the Dresden Shines and Explore Dresden Facebook and Instagram Pages and the dresden.ca website. Participants agree there will be no compensation of any kind for said posting or publication.

8.Judging criteria will include [a] Unique design and creative use of lights and decorations; [b] Storyline or theme; [c] Display and placement of decorations, animated objects, etc.; and [d] Overall presentation.

9.Judging will be done from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 or Thursday, December, 2020.

10. Participants should ensure that all lights, animations and decorations are in place and activated for the judging periods on each night.

11. Entry Number Cards will be provided to each participating team. These cards must be displayed in a conspicuous place at each team member’s residence where it can be seen by the judges from the street.

12. The Winning Team will be awarded the BRIGHTER TOGETHER NEIGHBOURHOOD CUP. Judges decisions are final.

The winning team will be announced on the Dresden Shines Facebook page by Monday, December 7, 2020.



Dresden Shines Holiday Light BINGO
Dec 1 2020 @ 9:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 10:45 am
Dresden Shines Holiday Light BINGO

If you want to add a fun element to this year’s Dresden Shines Illumination
Tour, download our printable CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BINGO Cards (there are 4
unique bingo cards). Bundle up nice and warm, grab your bingo card and a
marker, and you’re all set. You might want to add a flashlight and some hot
chocolate (with marshmallows of course!) to complete the package. To play
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BINGO, print off enough bingo cards for everyone in your
family. Feel free to play from your device but we recommend printing it off
and attaching it to a clipboard to make it easier for young children to play
along. Then head out for an evening walk, mark off the items on your card as
you see them. Once you have seen all the items in a vertical, diagonal, or
horizontal line, yell CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BINGO! For longer walks, simply
swap cards between family members and start again, or try for a full card.



Dresden Shines Christmas Lights Bingo (card 1)

Dresden Shines Christmas Lights Bingo (card 2)

Dresden Shines Christmas Lights Bingo (card 3)

.Dresden Shines Christmas Lights Bingo (card 4)

Downtown Dresden BIA Open Late Shopping
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Dresden BIA Open Late Shopping
Every Thursday Downtown Dresden is open late to get your Christmas Shopping done and check out the lights!
Shop Dresden until 8pm every Thursday throughout holidays!
POSTPONED Curbside Pickup with Santa @ Dresden Library
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Downtown Dresden BIA Open Late Shopping
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Dresden BIA Open Late Shopping
Every Thursday Downtown Dresden is open late to get your Christmas Shopping done and check out the lights!
Shop Dresden until 8pm every Thursday throughout holidays!
Dresden Kinsmen Stationary Santa Claus Parade
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm

The Dresden Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade will live on this year, but like so many other things in 2020, it will look and run much differently than in past years.

This Year’s Theme Is…

“Memories of Christmas Past”

This year’s parade is Saturday, Dec. 12th, and it will be a

 Stationary One!

Parade Floats will be set-up at different locations around Dresden!

The parade will be split up into six parts, with the floats set up at different locations around Dresden. Attendees will be able to stay distanced as they drive around in their vehicles to view the parade for an hour or two of the event night.

A map of the float locations will be released the day of the event for people to follow as well as the ”Dresden Shines” displays.

Those wishing to donate may do so by e-transfer to…


Or leave your donation with McKellar Flowers and Gifts.

Santa Claus will also be doing a mobile route all around Dresden.

  Everybody will get a chance to see the guy in the big red suit!

Christmas Float Registration

Anyone looking to have a float included in the parade should contact  Dustyn Pumfrey to register at 519-436-1746.

Prizes will be awarded as follows.

1) Best Commercial Float

2) Best Non-Commercial Float

3) Best use of Lights.


Map of parade float locations will be posted prior to the parade. Stay Tuned!!
Can you find Frosty the Snow Gnome? @ Rotary Park
Dec 16 @ 7:00 am – Dec 31 @ 11:00 pm

 Can you find Frosty the Snow Gnome?

Looking for something to do with the kids during the holidays? We challenge you to try this scavenger hunt. There are five clues that will lead you to where the snow gnome is hiding. Start at the Rotary Bandshell for clue #1. Or solve the clues virtually ( see clues below) and then go to see if you are right.

Solve all the clues and keep track of the letters located at the bottom of the daily clue for Frosty’s location.


Downtown Dresden BIA Open Late Shopping
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Dresden BIA Open Late Shopping
Every Thursday Downtown Dresden is open late to get your Christmas Shopping done and check out the lights!
Shop Dresden until 8pm every Thursday throughout holidays!
Hockey Moms Christmas Broasted Chicken Dinner @ Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre
Dec 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Hockey Moms Christmas Broasted Chicken Dinner @ Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre

The Dresden Hockey Moms are hosting a Drive Thru Christmas Chicken dinner, catered by Burns Family Restaurant, on December 20th. You’ll find all the details below! To purchase your tickets, visit McKellar’s Flowers, Ellis Motor Products, or you can email and etransfer dresdenhockeymoms@gmail.com. Also, this Saturday you can purchase your tickets at the clothing sale table at the arena.

Help the Dresden Hockey Moms continue to support Dresden Minor Hockey and our dedicated hockey players! Share far and wide!

Dresden Shines- The Spring Edition: Operation Clean Sweep
Apr 18 @ 6:00 am – Apr 24 @ 11:45 pm
Dresden Shines- The Spring Edition: Operation Clean Sweep

For immediate release
Dresden Shines- the Spring Edition: Operation Clean Sweep
Earth Week, April 18-24, 2021- Community Volunteers aim for a Clean Sweep of Dresden

DRESDEN, March 25, 2021

Lynda Weese, Dresden and District Horticultural Society Secretary, and long-time organizer of Dresden pitch-in and clean-ups is asking the entire community to step up this year during Earth Week, 2021. “Operation Clean Sweep will focus on engaging community volunteers to clean up parks, public spaces, sidewalks and our rural roadways. We have mapped the public spaces and will ask community members to take on clean up responsibility for various areas,” Lynda explained.
Respect for the environment and beautification of the community have long been guiding principles for the Dresden and District Horticultural Society, commented President Liz Kominek. Liz explained that this year’s Earth Day theme is “Restore the Earth”, and that “while our primary focus will be on public areas, we’ll be encouraging neighbourhoods throughout town to start at home and pick up trash and litter on their local streets and sidewalks, being respectful of private property.”
The organizers hope that by encouraging local participation in Operation Clean Sweep, the community will “Make Every Day Earth Day” and continue to make a concerted effort to reduce the amount of litter throughout the year.
Dresden Community Booster, Cindy Brewer continued “Dresden Shines when Dresden works together. I know the people of Dresden, and volunteering, caring and love of their community is in their heart. Dresden always rises to the challenge.” 2020, despite its difficulties, was a stellar year for volunteers in Dresden- just look at the success of the May 16 Miracle, The Gift, Dresden Shines and of course, the Terry Fox Run, Brewer added.
The Rotary Club of Dresden is excited to be part of this undertaking. Co-Presidents of the Rotary Club, Rose Northcott and Stuart Kiar explained: “During Earth Week, 2021, Rotarians- American and Canadian alike- from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River will be participating in the Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Initiative to clean up their communities. Together, acting locally and thinking globally, we all can make a big impact on the health of our communities, waterways and wildlife.”
Organizers stressed that all activity would involve Covid safety protocols.
More information will be available on Facebook, Instagram (@DresdenShines) and on www.dresden.ca. Anyone interested in volunteering can email volunteers@dresden.ca.