Posted by: Catie | November 22, 2008

Travel back in time: Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles, N.Y.

There are signs of Christmas popping up everywhere in the Syracuse area: 


The snow has covered the ground, people have begun decorating their homes with lights and garland. And soon, Christmas carolers will join Scrooge on the quaint streets of Skaneateles, N.Y.

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles kicks off Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and continues from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21. There’s also a brief show on Dec. 24. 

Charles Dickens, Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Jacob Marley are just a few of the characters who will wander the village streets, and stop to say hi to people in stores and restaurants.

Dancers, carolers, a brass band and bagpipers will entertain guests.

There will be free carriage rides to local shops and restaurants throughout the village. And Skaneateles, a destination location with many gorgeous houses, a beautiful lake, bed and breakfasts, cottages and even the famous Mirbeau Inn & Spa, will be transformed into the year 1842 with decorations and period costumes.

dickens21Visitors will be able to sip on some free hot chocolate and cider, while eating free donuts and roasted chestnuts.

What better way to celebrate the holidays and travel back in time than to take a day trip to Skaneateles for a Dickens’ Christmas?



Skaneateles is just a short drive from Syracuse, and definitely worth the trip. To read The Post-Standard’s report on this year’s Dickens’ Christmas, click here.



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