Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas, as Skaneateles Area Businesses give a gift to the public for their continued support throughout the year. Plan now and join the Village of Skaneateles, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, this holiday season.
An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 23, from noon to 4 pm, plus December 24 from noon - 2:30 pm. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants. Don't miss lively acts at the Library, live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and horse and wagon rides around the Village.
Stay tuned for the lineup for 2018!
Below is a snapshot of what we had to offer in 2017:
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Dickens_CALENDAR_OF_EVENTS_2017.pdf
Paid parking is available in the municipal lot between Jordan and State streets; free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Ace Hardware/Skaneateles Town Square on Fennell Street and at the Austin Park Pavilion, at the corner of Jordan and Austin streets. A horse-drawn wagon will shuttle between both locations and the village. Tickets for the shuttle, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., are $2 per person each way, $10 per family (maximum of six people). Shuttle riders will receive a coupon for a free holiday ornament from the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. CASH ONLY.
Don't miss our annual "World's Smallest Christmas Parade" on opening day, Friday, November 24, at noon. Watch for Charles Dickens and his entourage as they meander down Fennell Street, turn right onto Jordan Street, then right onto Genesee Street to their grand opening on the porch of the Hannum House next to the Sherwood Inn at 12:10 pm to celebrate the 24th Anniversary.
- Christmas carol sing-along, The Mid-day Revels, at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo with the entire Dickens cast. (Bad weather place is the Hannum House of the Sherwood Inn.)
- Free roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels, donated by TOPS Market
- Mother Goose reads holiday stories to the children at Loft 42 (42 E. Genesee St.) from 1:30 - 4
- Father Christmas greets the children on the porch of the Masonic Temple (13 E. Genesee St.) each weekend day from noon to 2 p.m., and 3 - 4 p.m. He will have special treats for especially good children.
- Special shows at the Skaneateles Library at 1 and 3 pm. Special live entertainment each Saturday and Sunday at the Library. Events are free, however donations are welcome.
- The Dickens characters will be acting out scenes from "A Christmas Carol" at the Gazebo (bad weather back-up: Hannum House) at 12:30 and 3:30. These interactive trunk shows are sponsored by the Summit Auto Group.
- Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides around the village, departing from the Sherwood Inn, provided by Rt. 80 Quarry Ridge Stables. Wagon rides are $2 donation; carriage rides are offered for a $20 donation. CASH ONLY.
SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner with Dickens and Friends! Thursday, December 7 at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at 6 pm. Celebrate the Christmas Season and watch literature brought to life, as Charles Dickens and Company perform a live rendition of "A Christmas Carol". Enjoy a traditional dinner with special child friendly options available for the youngsters. Entertainment provided by Scarlett Rat Entertainment as seen in Skaneateles' popular Dickens Christmas.
MANY THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Group M Communications, Sunny 102, Skaneateles Press/Eagle Newspapers, West Onondaga Journal and Visit Syracuse!
Dancers, carolers, live music and special events flow in and around the weekend celebrations, making for wonderful family memories. A live brass band plays every Saturday on the village streets; a bagpiper or two may be found entertaining on Sundays; and local musical groups share their many talents in that heartwarming Dickens' spirit. Beware of mean old Scrooge roaming the streets.....but, he may have a nice surprise for you.
Father Christmas will be glad to listen to all the children to get their wish list for the big day. Father Christmas will be on the porch of the Masonic Temple from 12:15 - 2 p.m., and 3 - 4 p.m. each Dickens day. The Masonic Temple is located at 13 E. Genesee Street in the heart of Skaneateles.
And don't forget to visit the unique shops and restaurants that will be open throughout the Dickens' events. The shopping district includes Genesee, Jordan and Fennell Streets. Enjoy a slower paced, more enjoyable atmosphere where shopping can still be fun. Our 70 plus shops and restaurants are the perfect addition to a holiday vacation.
If you want to be a true shopper and don't want the hustle and bustle of a Dickens weekend be sure to come back to Skaneateles any weekday. Our shop owners will welcome you with open arms and be able to give you individual attention. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 we are having a special shopping day in Skaneateles called "Shop, Sip and Stroll". You will find specials and discounts in the stores, special free treats, and receive a free drink coupon with a purchase between 5 & 8 p.m. good for one of our area restaurants.
Visit Skaneateles winery: Anyela's Vineyards, located just 4 short miles down West Lake Road on Route 41A. We also have our own glassworks...Snake Oil Glassworks just 2 short miles north on Jordan Rd. in the hamlet of Mottville.
Make a day or a weekend of it! We have wonderful accommodations ranging from B&B's, hotels/inns, and affordable priced motels. There is plenty to do in the area, and Skaneateles is conveniently located in Central New York on historic Route 20. We are just 25 minutes from Syracuse and a hour-and-a-half from Rochester, and an hour and 15 minutes from Binghamton.
For additional questions contact the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
Horse and wagon rides around the village leaving from the Sherwood Inn. $ 2 per person. Carriage rides are provided by Rt 80 Quarry Stables out of Nedrow, NY (315-492-3404). Look for a few special places around the Village for "Official Dickens Photo Spots". Take pictures and then post your pictures on the Dickens Christmas facebook page.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Father Christmas Sponsors: Anyela's Vineyards, B&C Storage, Doug's Fish Fry, Mandana Inn, Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Moro's Kitchen, My Three Boys by Julie, Sherwood Inn & Appetites, Skaneateles Bakery, Skaneateles Town Square, and TOPS Friendly Markets.
Charles Dickens Sponsors: Angel's Heavenly Burgers, Bluewater Grill, Byrne Dairy, Fleur de lis Florist, Gilda's, Group M Communications, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Imagine, Key Bank of NY, Nest 58, Realty USA, Rhubarb Kitchen and Garden Shop, Skaneateles 300, Skaneateles Artisans, Skaneateles Library, Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center, Summit Auto Group and Wegman's.
Ghost of Christmas Future: Adams & Son Inc., Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty, Bijou Hair Salon, cate+Sally, Community Bank, D&D Cleaning, F. Olivers, Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals, First National Gifts, Fox Dealerships, Gallery 54, Grace Chapel, Hobby House Toys, Jacobs Press, Lady of the Lake B&B, LakeHouse Pub, Lakeview Auto & Marine, Lynn Law Firm, Pomodoro of Skaneateles, Roland's Men's and Boy's Wear, Skaneateles Inn on 20, Skaneateles Lodge #522, Snake Oil Glassworks, The Gray House, Valentine's, Vermont Green Mountain, Whispering Winds Motel, White & White Antiques, White Sleigh, Wooden Shoe LLC and First Presbyterian Church.