Dresden Shines: Illumination Tour

Town Hall- Originally 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.