Save the date!  The Annual Elim Dutch Festival is Saturday, September 24, 2016!

The Elim Dutch Festival offers something for everyone!



7:30 – 10a
Pancake Breakfast (donations accepted)
8a – 4p
Stores & Ticket Booths Open
9a – 4p
Games & Petting Zoo
9a – 4p
Chair Massages ($5 for 10 minutes)
9 – 9:30a
Dutch Organ
9 - 11:30a Pony Rides (behind main stage tent)
9:30 – 10:15a
Parade & Opening Ceremonies (main stage)
10a – 12:30p
Elim Experience (Door B14 behind Dutch Shops)
10:15 – 10:30a
Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
10:30 – 11:15a
Hark-Up Choir & Down Home Horns (main stage)
11 – 11:45a
Reptile Show (Door A39 near main entrance)
Dutch HIstory Live - Cultural Presentation (main stage)
12 – 12:30p
Dutch Organ
12 - 12:45p Ben's Bubble Show (Door A39 near main entrance)
12:45 – 1:30p
Hark-Up Choir & Down Home Horns (main stage)
1 – 1:45p
Ben's Bubble Show (Door A39 near main entrance)
1:30 – 1:45p
Elim Adult Worship Team (main stage)
1:45 – 2:30p
Hark-Up Choir & Down Home Horns (main stage)
2:30 – 3p
Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
3 – 4p
Dutch Organ
Schedule subject to change

*Main Stage events are in bold print.


Children will enjoy the petting zoo, magic show, face-painting, Kid’s carnival, and musical entertainment throughout the day.

Adults will love the Christmas collectibles, delft, unique Dutch groceries, baked goods, Farmer’s Market, and Wooden Shoe Carver.  

Everyone will enjoy Dutch treats such as oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts), poffertjes (little treats), rodekool (red cabbage), pea soup, pigs-in-a-blanket, banket (pastry with almond filling) and hutspot (beef and potatoes).  For more conventional appetites - hamburgers, pizza by the slice, bratwurst, hot dogs, turkey subs, pie slices, brownie sundaes, caramel apple delights, walking tacos, popcorn, coffee and soft drinks are all available.

The day begins at 7:30 am with a home cooked pannekoeke (pancake) breakfast.  The Dutch Village shops open at 8 am and the children's games and Petting Zoo open at 9 am.  There will be entertaining performances by the Hark Up Choir & Down Home Horns, Elim's Choirs, Ben's Bubble Show, and the Dutch dancers doing klompendanskunst (Dutch clogging).  The Festival's events end at 4 pm.

The Elim Dutch Festival takes place on the campus of Elim Christian Services in Palos Heights, Illinois (13020 S. Cenral Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463).  Admission is free.  Free parking with shuttle bus service is also provided.  You can find out more about promoting your business at the Dutch Festival (through event sponsorship) by clicking here!  The 2014 Dutch Festival Event Sponsors included:  Buikema Law Group LLC, Fifth Third Bank, Linenger Wealth Management LLC, Nicor Home Solutions, Outsource IT Solutions Group, Providence at Home, The Horton Group, The Private Bank, and Scott's Garage.

All proceeds benefit Elim Christian Services!  Elim’s mission is to equip children and adults with disabilities to achieve to their highest God-given potential.  Elim pursues this mission by providing educational, vocational, therapeutic, and residential services to over 1,000 persons with developmental disabilities.