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Skaneateles Dickens Christmas 2021

Skaneateles Dickens Christmas is back!

From the official website, “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.”

Skaneateles Lake
Skaneateles in Wintertime

My favorite time to visit Skaneateles starts the day after Thanksgiving when the little lakeside community kicks off their annual Skaneateles Dickens Christmas.

Normally a weekend event, opening day takes place on Friday with a parade of Christmas Carol characters spreading holiday cheer throughout the village.

Skaneateles Lake Dickens Christmas
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
Skaneateles Lake
Skaneateles Lake

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.

Only a day trip from Rochester, it’s a great way to experience what the folks in Stockbridge, MA call a “Norman Rockwell Christmas”. They even have chestnuts roasting on an open fire!

Skaneateles Lake Doug's Fish Fry
Sherwood Inn
Skaneateles Artisans
Skaneateles winter shops
Skaneateles winter shops
Skaneateles Lake

Dining & Shopping in Skaneateles

Dining and shopping here is a big draw all year long, with its beautiful lakeside location.

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.

Skaneateles Lake
Skaneateles Lake
Skaneateles winter
Skaneateles winter
Skaneateles winter lake

More information about Skaneateles Dickens Christmas

Cost: Free

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

More information: skaneateles.com

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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 Chief Day Tripper for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY. Happy trails!

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