Celebrate ‘Dickens Christmas’ In Skaneateles This Holiday Season

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The magic of the holiday season returns to Skaneateles once again with the 28th season of Dickens Christmas.

The annual tradition was forced to go virtual last year due to the pandemic, but many are happy to see its return, including Executive Director Jim Green, tasked with bringing Charles Dickens’ story to life.

“After a year’s absence, we are elated to be returning to Skaneateles,” Jim says. “Her Majesty and I look forward to sharing our holiday warmth with old and new friends alike. God bless us, every one!”

The mask-friendly event will follow all COVID guidelines and Skaneateles Area Chamber Executive Director Hilary Fenner says, that local businesses are thrilled to have the annual tradition return. “We have implemented safety protocols for our Dickens cast to ensure the safety of all,” she adds.

The World’s Smallest Parade kick’s off the start of this year’s festivities on Saturday, November 26th starting at noon at the Skaneateles Village Hall. The parade will proceed east to Jordan and Genesee streets and arrive at Hannum House porch in time for the 12:10 grand opening. Other events include:

  • Midday Revels—Christmas carol sing-along—2 p.m. every day at the gazebo. Twelve groups form, representing the 12 days of Christmas. The groups vie for attention, and at the end, Queen Victoria awards a silver teasel to the most spirited performer. Winners have been known to wear their coveted silver teasels throughout the season.
  • “A Christmas Carol” trunk shows, in which Dickens performs lighthearted versions of his new story with help from the audience, 1 p.m. at the gazebo.
  • Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides around the village, departing from The Sherwood Inn, provided by Rt. 80 Quarry Ridge Stables. Wagon rides are $3 per person, $10 per family; carriage rides are offered for a $50 donation.
  • Performances by the Bright Friday Brass, Nov. 26 and every Saturday.
  • snowman-building contest in Clift Park Dec. 18 (weather-permitting). Bring your own supplies and creativity! Queen Victoria will judge the entries at 2:45 p.m. First prize is a $50 gift certificate from The Sherwood Inn; second prize is a Dickens mug with cocoa.
  • “A Christmas Carol—The Radio Play,” 7-9 p.m. Dec. 18 at the West End Theater, 217 Genesee St., Auburn. The performance will be available the following day on YouTube. For tickets and information, visit skaneateles.com
  • Free refreshments, including roasted chestnuts donated by Tops Friendly Markets and Johnny Angel’s and Byrne Dairy eggnog served by the Girl Scouts (Saturdays only).

The enchanting street theatre production runs weekends through Christmas throughout the village of Skaneateles. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a limited show (noon to 2:30 p.m.) on Christmas Eve. To learn more visit, Skaneateles.com.

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