A Skaneateles Tradition

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.

Dickens Christmas Schedule

January 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

January 2020

No events scheduled on this month.

Worlds Smallest Christmas Parade

Don't miss our annual "World's Smallest Christmas Parade" on opening day, Bright Friday, November 29, 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.

  • 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 12:15 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 5 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
  • 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.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018, join us for 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. 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.

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 will have glassblowing demonstrations and unique presents for you to take home.

Make a day or a weekend of it! We have wonderful accommodations ranging from B&B's, hotels/inns, and affordably 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 10 minutes away from Auburn, 25 minutes from Syracuse, an 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). When posting your pictures on Instagram or Facebook don't forget to include the hashtag #skandickens2018 to be entered for a chance to win fun prizes. There'll be a new winner each weekend!

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Royalty Sponsor

Father Christmas Sponsors

Charles Dickens Sponsors

Ghost of Christmas Future

  • Adams & Son Inc.
  • Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty
  • Bijou Hair Salon
  • cate+Sally
  • Community Bank
  • D&D Cleaning
  • 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
  • First Presbyterian Church