Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles, New York ~

The 19th Annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles began Friday, November 24 and continues through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012.  If you’re aware of the small, quaint town of Skaneateles, New York (pronounced locally as “Skinny-atlas”), you’ll know that during these weeks of Dickens characters walking animated throughout the village, it gets jam packed with people enjoying the interaction with them as they do their holiday shopping and sightseeing.  Indeed, it is quite a treat to weave in and out of the crowds, most dressed in holiday fashion, and see the Dickens characters portrayed by locals dressed in full Dickens regalia wandering the sidewalks, singing carols and wishing “Happy Christmas” to all. 

A group of Carolers sing Christmas songs in Skaneateles, NY

A group of Carolers sing Christmas songs in Skaneateles, NY

Today was rather cold as the village sits right on the edge of Skaneateles Lake (one of the Finger Lakes), and its blustery winds carried a chilling bite.  However, the cast of Dickens are a hardy crew.  They make their appearances from Noon to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas Eve, despite the weather.

Delightful characters from Dickens Christmas

Delightful characters from Dickens Christmas

Dickens characters ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

Dickens characters ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A woman pulls her toddler in an old fashioned wagon

A woman pulls her toddler in an old fashioned wagon

It is truly delightful to see every-one in such a holiday spirit as people crowd the streets and the shops between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

You can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit when you hear the carols, the hoofbeats of the draft horses that pull wagons for wagon rides, smell the fresh roasted peanuts and feel that “something special” in the air in Skaneateles at Christmastime!   Visit this link for more information and specific activites:  http://www.skaneateles.com/visit/events-a-attractions/dickens-christmas.

God bless us, every one!

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