20 Reasons to Visit Skaneateles for the Dickens Christmas Celebration

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1) Where else can you see the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade?

2) The chance to meet and greet a dead literary icon

3) Hot cider, cocoa and cookies at Mirbeau (and, on Saturdays, family photos taken by a professional photographer in front of Mirbeau’s sleigh)—all for free!

4) Dickens Ale and commemorative glasses at the Sherwood Inn

5) Five golden rings (which can be purchased at Imagine, Skaneateles Jewelry, Grant Jewelers, S. J. Moore Jewelers or Skaneateles Artisans)

6) Warm figgy pudding at Mid-Lakes Navigation

7) Mid-day revels and caroling by the lake

8) Daily scenes from “A Christmas Carol”

9) One-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 21) by Kim Tenreiro, of Canandaigua

10) Period costumes at the Chamber that can be borrowed for free

11) Raffle drawings for gift certificates and gift baskets

12) Free horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, sponsored by the Old Stone Mill/Village Inn

13) Comedy magic shows by the Wonderful Wizard of the North

14) Fairy tales, told by Mother Goose

15) Visits with Father Christmas (for children of all ages)

16) Great shopping at dozens of unique boutiques. Free gift-wrapping at some; personalized service at all.

17) Dickens-themed soaps, lotions and lip balms at Lucky Goat Soap—one of several “hidden gems” along Fennell and Jordan streets

18) Book sale at the Skaneateles Library

19) 20th anniversary Dickens Christmas ornament, on sale at the Chamber, the Sherwood Inn gift shop and White Sleigh

20) Treasured family memories to last a lifetime

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