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Skaneateles Dickens Christmas 2022

From the official website, the 2022 Skaneateles Dickens Christmas “begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 18, from noon to 4 p.m., plus December 24 from noon to 2:30 p.m.”

The fun begins on Bright Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, with The World’s Smallest Christmas Parade.

Only a day trip from Rochester, it’s a great way to experience what the folks in Stockbridge, MA call a Norman Rockwell Christmas.

Dickens Christmas Activities

Skaneateles Lake Dickens Christmas

Charles Dickens and his cast of over 40 characters interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores, and restaurants. You’ll find old-fashioned Christmas-themed events throughout the village, including musicians, a Christmas carol sing-along, horse-drawn wagon rides, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Check out this year’s schedule of performances at the gazebo and library.

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Skaneateles Dickens Christmas parade
Skaneateles Dickens Christmas collage
Skaneateles Dickens Christmas Sherwood Horse Carriage
Skaneateles Dickens Christmans horse drawn carriage rides
Skaneateles Lakes Dickens Christmas
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Dining & Shopping in Skaneateles

Skaneateles Lake Doug's Fish Fry
Sherwood Inn
Skaneateles Artisans
Skaneateles winter shops
Skaneateles winter shops
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All of the quaint stores, coffee shops, and restaurants lining Genesee Street and Jordan Street are open for business. It’s the perfect place to start your holiday shopping.

Shopping is easy—just stroll around village, and stop into the various boutiques along Genesee (US-20), Jordan and Fennel Streets. We found Skaneateles Artisans on Fennel just wandering around.

When you start getting hungry, keep these places in mind:

Doug’s Fish Fry
If you have to pick just one place to eat while in town, this is the place.

Rosalie’s Cucina
People come from miles away to eat at this Italian restaurant and reservations are required.

The Sherwood Inn
Not only is The Sherwood the center of Dickens Christmas activities, it is a gorgeous, historic building serving excellent meals. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Skaneateles Bakery 
Perfect for a quick sandwich or hot beverage.

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Skaneateles Lake
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Skaneateles winter lake

More information about Skaneateles Dickens Christmas

Cost: Free

Located 80 minutes / 70 miles from Rochester (get directions)

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What is your favorite thing to do during Skaneateles Dickens Christmas?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.


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