A Skaneateles Tradition

Tiny Tim speaking with Father Christmas

Dickens Christmas 2021

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 40 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores, and restaurants. Don't miss lively acts at the Gazebo, live music, unique shopping, wonderful food, and horse and wagon rides around the Village.


 Charles Dickens Character tipping hat



 Ebenezer Scrooge character with police officers

Dickens Christmas Schedule

December 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

December 2022

No events scheduled on this month.

Calendar of Events

Every Day of Dickens Christmas - Enjoy a fun Trunk Show at the Skaneateles Gazebo each day at 1:00 pm. Poor Weather Location will be the Hannum House porch.

Every Day of Dickens Christmas - Join the full cast of Dickens Christmas Characters at the Gazebo at Clift Park at 2 pm each day for singing and fun. Poor Weather location is the Hannum House Porch.

Every Day of Dickens Christmas - Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides all 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. All rides are first-come, first-serve. Tickets are not necessary. Please note that the carriage rides are CASH ONLY. The Horse and Wagon rides are sponsored by Anyela's Vineyard.

Every Day of Dickens Christmas - Enjoy complimentary roasted chestnuts during Dickens Christmas in front of Lucky Dogs at 22 Jordan St (while supplies last). Tips are appreciated! The chestnuts are sponsored by TOPS Market.

Every Saturday of Dickens - Enjoy free eggnog handed out by local Girl Scouts in front of Loft 42 from 12-4 pm each Saturday. Thank you to Byrne Dairy for sponsoring the eggnog.

Every Saturday of Dickens - "Heart Warming Soup" tastings compliments of Moro's Kitchen (28 Jordan St) from 3-4 pm.


Fri Nov 26 - Bright Friday- World’s Tiniest Christmas Parade!  Starts at NOON, don’t be late or you will miss it!  315-685-0552 www.skaneateles.com

Nov 26 - Bright Friday  - Grand entrance of Charles Dickens and his entourage.  Meet Queen Victoria, Father Christmas, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Spirit of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, along with the finishing school girls, pickpockets & other villagers!  Grand opening immediately following the parade on the steps of the Hannum House next to the Sherwood Inn.

Nov 27 - Holiday Open House from 12-3 pm at Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm & Floral Boutique (4240 E. Genesee St), featuring live music, free hot cocoa and cookies, and discounts for all fresh wreaths ordered.


Fri Dec 3 - “Skaneateles Sings” starts at the Skaneateles Library at 6 pm. Dedication of crèche, caroling, and tree lighting at the Gazebo.  Organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, Skaneateles Girl Scouts

Fri Dec 3 - First Friday in Skaneateles.  Visit local participants; Gallery 54, Imagine, Skaneateles Artisans, Snake Oil Glassworks, The Savage Homestead, retail shops, and restaurants to celebrate the arts. 5 - 8 pm.  www.skaneateles.com

Fri Dec 3 - First Friday open house at the Barrow Art Gallery (49 E Genesee St)from 4-6 pm featuring live piano music, shopping, and refreshments. Please enter through the red door on State St.

Fri Dec 3- Holiday Nights at The Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is offering a new evening event inviting guests to come to the zoo to enjoy atmospheric holiday lights and fire pits, live holiday music and pop-up entertainment, hot chocolate and s'mores, animals and more. Highlights include a 64-foot long Under the Sea display of light-up marine creatures created by students in the P-Tech program at teh Syracuse City School District's Institute of Technology and the Corcoran High School welding program. Click here for more information!

Tues Dec 7 – SHOP SKANEATELES!  Shop, Sip, and Stroll in the Village of Skaneateles!   10 am—8 pm. Open house with refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping at participating merchants.  Free drink coupon with a purchase will be distributed between 5 - 8 pm to be redeemed at a participating restaurant.

Sat Dec 11 Holiday Luncheon and Craft Fair The Skaneateles United Methodist Church (26 Jordan Street) is so excited to announce that one of our favorite events of the holiday season is back! Saturday, December 11th from 10am-3pm will be our Annual Craft Fair, Holiday Luncheon and Bake Sale, we will have over a dozen different craft vendors and lunch/baked goods for sale! In order to preserve our mask-wearing rules, we will only be offering a take-out lunch instead of offering indoor seating. The lunch will consist of soup and a half sandwich for only $5! We will also be selling homemade delicious pies and of course, homemade Christmas cookies! You will NOT want to miss this event! 

Sat Dec 11 - 2nd Anniversary party for the Skaneateles Brewery (4022 Mill Rd.) from 1-7 pm including a food truck, the Mere Mortals, a limited edition beer release, and an Ugly Sweater Contest. Call them gor more information (315)975-1747

Sat Dec 18— A snowman-building contest in Clift Park (weather permitting). Queen Victoria will judge the entries at 2:45 p.m., 1st prize $50.00 gift certificate from Sherwood Inn and 2nd prize Dickens Mug with Cocoa packets. Bring your own supplies! 315-685-0552.

Sat Dec 18- "A Christmas Carol-- The Radio Play," 7-9pm 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/donate

Fri Dec 24 – A shortened version of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles! Noon – 2:30.

Fri Dec 31- NOON YEAR'S EVE- Come ring in the "noon" year at the zoo with this popular family event! Enjoy entertainment, a dance party and a New Year's celebration taht keeps bedtime in mind, complete with ball drop countdown at noon! Click here for more information!

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Howard Hanna!

Howard Hanna Staff pic with Dickens

(photograph taken in 2019)

Parking Information

Please note that there are two free parking lots that you can utilize during Dickens Christmas.

1.  1 Austin St where there will be a horse drawn shuttle to take you into town (or you can always walk!). The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. If you take the shuttle in you’ll get a voucher for a free ornament. Redeem your voucher at our office located behind @shopluckydogs!! Please note the horse rides and shuttle rides are cash only.

2. 49 E Elizabeth St directly across from Leitch Ave. Free parking. Please note that there’s no shuttle to this lot. 

We ask that if you're planning to park downtown that you park in a designated spot. Please respect our businesses and don't use their parking if you are not planning to be a customer. You can find more information on parking in Skaneateles by clicking here.

Photo by Alaina Davis

christmas tree with lights at the end of a pier at night