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.
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An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th from noon to 4 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 (and Mother Goose too!), live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and carriage rides around the Village.
SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner with Dickens and Friends! Thursday, December 12th and December 19th, 2013 at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at 6 pm. Celebrate the Christmas Season and watch literature brought to life, as Charles Dickens and Company perform a live rendition of A Christmas Carol. Enjoy a traditional English Prime Rib dinner with special child friendly options available for the youngsters. This interactive dinner will be great fun for youngsters and for everyone who is young at heart, music included. $36++ Adults, $18++ Children under 14. Entertainment provided by Scarlett Rat Entertainment as seen in Skaneateles’ popular Dickens Christmas
“The Festival Fanatics” made a surprise visit to the Dickens Festival in Skaneateles on December 2, 2012 Click on this link to see video of the characters in action, and what they loved about Dickens Christmas! http://newyorkstatefestivals.com/2012/12/02/it-feels-like-london-at-the-dickens-christmas-in-skaneateles-video-photos/
- Christmas carol sing-along, The Revels Live, at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo with the entire Dickens cast. (Bad weather place is the Sherwood House.)
- Free horse and wagon rides around the Village. Pick up in front of the Sherwood Inn. Sponsored by the Old Stone Mill and the Village Inn.
- Free roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels, donated by TOPS Market, and roasted by Mid-Lakes Navigation.
- Mother Goose reads holiday stories to the children at the Skaneateles Library from 12:30 – 4
- Father Christmas greets the children on the porch of the Masonic Temple (13 E. Genesee St.) each weekend day from noon to 2 p.m, and 3-4 pm. He will have special treats for especially good children.
- Special shows at the Skaneateles Library at 1 and 3 pm. (except November 26th). John Henry Anderson, the great magician, will appear on several weekends (dates to be announced) Free, however donations are welcome.
- Every Saturday, and Sunday during Dickens Christmas – visit the Mirbeau Inn & Spa Winter Wonderland “French Country Christmas Display.” Enjoy free spiced hot cider, hot cocoa and cookies from noon to 4 pm! 851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. 315-685-5006 or 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328)
- Get your picture taken professionally by James Peluso in front of the Currier & Ives cutter sleigh by the Mirbeau Christmas tree ever Saturday during Dickens at Mirbeau Inn & Spa . Make it your holiday photo. 851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. 315-685-5006 or 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328)
- The Dickens characters will be acting out scenes from a Christmas Carol on the steps of the Masonic Temple at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30. These interactive trunk shows are sponsored by the Summit Auto Group.
FOR THE 6th Year YEAR!!!! Don’t miss the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade Ever on opening day, Friday, November 29th at noon. Watch for Charles Dickens and his entourage as they meander down Fennell Street, turn right onto Jordan Street, then right onto Genesee Street to their grand opening on the porch of the Sherwood House next to the Sherwood Inn at 12:10 pm. To celebrate our 20th Anniversary the original Charles Dickens of Skaneateles will return as the Grand Marshall of the parade. Welcome back to DIckens, Ted and Betty Davenport!
- MANY THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Galaxy Communications/Sunny 102, Scotsman Media Group, Skaneateles Journal, Skaneateles Press/Eagle Newspapers, The Post Standard and The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau!
Dancers, carolers, live music and special events flow in and around the weekend celebrations, making for wonderful family memories. A live brass band plays every Saturday on the village streets; a bagpiper or two may be found entertaining on Sundays; and local musical groups share their many talents in that heartwarming Dickens’ spirit. Beware of mean old Scrooge roaming the streets…..but, he may have a nice surprise for you.
Father Christmas will be glad to listen to all the children to get their wish list for the big day. Father Christmas will be on the porch of the Masonic Temple from 12:15-2 pm, and 3-4pm each Dickens day. The Masonic Temple is located at 13 E. Genesee Street.
And don’t forget to visit the unique area shops and restaurants that will be open throughout the Dickens’ events. The shopping district includes Genesee, Jordan and Fennell Streets. Enjoy a slower paced, more enjoyable atmosphere where shopping can still be fun. Our 70 plus shops and restaurants are the perfect addition to a holiday vacation.
If you want to be a true shopper and don’t want the hustle and bustle of a Dickens weekend be sure to come back to Skaneateles any weekday. Our shop owners will welcome you with open arms and be able to give you individual attention. December 10, 2013 we are having a special shopping day in Skaneateles called Shop, Sip and Stroll. You will find specials and discounts in the stores, special free treats, and get a free drink coupon for one of our area restaurants.
Visit Skaneateles’ winery: Anyela’s Vineyards. Be sure to visit them just 4 short miles down West Lake Road on Route 41A! We also have our own glassworks…Snake Oil Glassworks just 2 short miles north on Jordan Rd. in the hamlet of Mottville.
Make a day or a weekend of it! We have wonderful accommodations ranging from B&B’s, inns, and affordable priced motels. There is plenty to do in the area, and Skaneateles is conveniently located in Central New York on historic Route 20. We are just 25 minutes from Syracuse and an hour-and-a-half from Rochester, and an hour ad 15 minutes from Binghamton.
For additional questions contact the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
Free horse and wagon rides around the village leaving from the Sherwood Inn. Stopping atCreekside Books and Coffee on Kelly Street. Carriage rides are provided by Mountain View Guest Ranch and Stables out of Nedrow, NY. (315-492-3404) New this year: Look for a few special places around the Village for “Official Dickens Photo Spots”. Take pictures and then post your pictures on the Dickens Christmas facebook page.
“Join in on the Spirit of Holiday Traditions” Auburn: History’s Hometown Free Holiday Celebration December 12, 2010
Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House over 33 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors for free the second Sunday in December for residents to enjoy during the holidays. Now, the “open house” is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other organizations.
Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
To ensure communication between the many Holiday Traditions’ partners, the City of Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission coordinates publicity and advertising for this event. The Commission site members include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine’s Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Harriet Tubman Home, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Seward House Museum and Willard Memorial Chapel.
The Cayuga Museum
203 Genesee Street
Open from Noon to 5PM – come tour the Cayuga Museum beautifully decorated for the holidays. On display will be “Visions Past: Paintings from the Collection of the Cayuga Museum.” The exhibit will include portraits and landscapes by local artists including: Edward Gohl, George Clough, Charles Petersen and Frank Barney. The selected works give insight into the social and physical landscape of Cayuga County during the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit opens November 20th and will be up through December 31st. At 2PM, enjoy a special performance by the Roosevelt Memorial Baptist Choir.
The Harriet Tubman Home
180 South Street
Although only open by appointment this time of year, the Harriet Tubman Home will be open from Noon – 5PM. Please call the Home directly for details on that day’s program.
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
205 Genesee Street
Open from Noon – 5PM, come tour the 30th annual juried quilts exhibit Quilts=Art=Quilts, on display through January 9, 2011. The exhibit features 95 quilts by 81 artists from all over the world. This year’s jurors, Jeannee Beck, Elizabeth Busch & Erin Wilson, reviewed 358 entries by 207 artists and selected quilts for their overall visual impact, design and originality.
Enjoy a quilt trunk show by Priscilla Kibee, which starts at 2PM. Priscilla loves to travel shopping for textiles to add to her wearable art collection. She has taught quilting to school children in Nepal, taught Seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey. She’s created garments for five Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teaches classes on embellishment and wearable art.
Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Area florists have adopted the Seward House this year to provide an array of holiday decorations. Visitors will be welcomed from Noon – 5PM and admission is free. Live musical performances throughout the day will add to the holiday splendor.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
303 Clark Street
The Church will be open from 3 – 5:15PM. The Auburn Chamber Orchestra will perform from 4 – 5:15PM, coffee hour to follow.
17 Clark Street
St. Mary’s will host their open house from 1:30 – 5PM. Enjoy a concert by the Finger Lakes Camerata, singers from CCC, who will perform at 3PM. The gift shop will be open, and refreshments will be served.
Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum
Celebrate the holidays during the 1800s from Noon – 4PM. Tour the museum and take part in trimming the tree. Enjoy horse drawn-wagon rides, Christmas cookie decorating and holiday musical presentations.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
17 William Street
From Noon – 5PM, visitors can view a display of hand-sewn Advent banners that tell the Christmas story in needlework, and tour the historic church. Children’s activities from Noon – 2PM include decorating a Christmas ornament and a Christmas storytelling program at 1PM. The MasterWorks Chorale will perform selections from its holiday concert at 2PM in the sanctuary.
Willard Memorial Chapel
17 Nelson Street
The Chapel will be offering guided tours from Noon – 5PM. Children can read with Santa, sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers, at Noon and at 3PM. The Literacy Volunteers will also offer a Holiday Book Sale. Enjoy listening to the Herman Ave. Elementary School Chorus winter Concert – performance at 1:30PM.
For more information about Holiday Traditions, call the Cayuga County Office of Tourism at 255-1658. If you have questions regarding a specific venue, please phone them directly.
Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 6:00pm
HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY PARTY
A family friendly event to benefit Hospice of The Fingerlakes!
Bring your young monsters at 6pm for some trick-or-treat action and scary fun. Then drag your old hags down later on for a Halloween bash with music and cash bar.
6-6:30 Facepainting by Joni Brown
6:30-7 Short family-friendly Halloween movie
7-7:45 Winners of the Auburn schools Halloween Poetry contest read their work
8-8:45 reading by James Delaney of two original works: Hunter’s Moon and the Hogarth saga (www.hogarthsaga.com)
9-11 music by Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin
Auburn Public Theater
108 Genesee Street
Auburn, New York 13021
Artistic Producing Director: Angela Daddabbo
Managing Director: Carey Eidel
Acting Classes, Volunteer Co-ordinator , House Manager – Janie MicGlire
Construction/Physical Space: Brian Anderson
Art Galley Curator: Diane Bauso
Theater Rental: Carey Eidel
Going, Going….the OL Holiday Show, a Th3 event taking place Thursday January 15, 2009 from 5 – 10pm. Come join us while saying hello to each other in the New Year, and goodbye to the work from the Holiday Show. Refreshments will be served with plenty of good friends and great art. If you missed the work from this show, now is the chance to catch up. This show will run through Saturday January 31, 2009.
The OL Holiday Show opened to the public with a reception on Friday December 12, 2008 from 5 – 10pm. We welcomed the holidays with a colorful show of amazing new artwork from artists Jacqueline Adamo- abstract oil paintings, J. Francis Maloni- oil on board, Amber Blanding- glass sculpture, and Jennifer Cutter- jewelry. Artwork was also on display from recent artists: Jace Collins, Brandon Hall, Chris Luchsinger, Mick Mather, Melissa Tiffany, Spencer Baker, David McKenney, Debra Parry Trichilo, Jim Reed, Father Andrew and Dustin Angell.
Orange Line Gallery is a member of Third Thursday (Th3), Syracuse’s community-wide art walk…meaning we will be opening new shows and events on the third Thursday of each month. For those of you still unfamiliar with Th3, contact Orange Line or go to th3syracuse.com for more info.
December’s Th3 event,The Art of Colour, took place on Thursday December 18, 2008 from 5 – 10pm with the gallery and artwork of The OL Holiday Show illuminated with special theatrical lighting fixtures that created an amazing atmosphere of ever changing deep saturated colors of illuminations all around. Thank you all who came by and viewed artwork in a different light. Refreshments were served and this event was free and open to the public. (more…)
Orange Line Gallery continues to spread art cheer during this holiday season with an extra special show out of the gallery called, “Thank You Santa”. Sasha Salon & Spa is gracious enough to host this show, opening with a public reception on Friday December 19, 2008 from 7 – 9pm. Sasha is located downtown at 206 W. Water Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 on the west side of the Clinton Square Fountain and within walking distance of the Big Tree. Artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.
Work will be displayed on the salon walls by artists Marna Bell (photography), David McKenney- (photography), Jace Collins-(oil, acrylic and paper on Plexiglas) and photography by newcomer Josh Walsdorf. This will be the first time Mr. Walsdorf’s work has been seen publically.
Entertainment during the opening will be provided by a group from Corcoran High School’s Jazz Ensemble, and includes Caitlin Kinne- Flute, Ayumi Stultz- Flute, Anthony Wright- Clarinet, Imani Williams- Clarinet, Margaret Moreno-Euphonium and Leigh Scheuerman- Director/Cello. A lovely arrangement of holiday music will be heard to get everyone in the mood.
“When I see Santa this year, all I want to do is express my gratitude for the good people around me- family and friends. I really have all that I want; the only thing on my Christmas list is for everyone to get together to celebrate the holidays. I’m trying to make that happen during the month of December,” states OL owner Melissa Tiffany. “And Sasha is such a beautiful venue, and they are a wonderful group, I definately wanted them to celebrate with me.”
Sasha Salon & Spa is open Tuesday – Friday from 9am – 6pm and Saturday from 8am – 4pm. The owner, Michalle Harmon, is a friend of the arts and her shop coninues to promote fine art in the area. Their last show, featuring work from the Open Figure Drawing Group at the Westcott Community Center, recently closed. The “Thank You Santa” show will be up through mid-February.
Regular Orange Line Gallery hours are Thursdays & Fridays from 5:30pm – 10pm, Saturdays noon – 6pm, and by appointment. However, due to the holidays we will be closed on Thursday December 25, Friday December 26, and January 1 – 3, 2009. We will re-open regularly beginning Thursday January 8, 2009. For more information call or email Melissa Tiffany at (315) 263-5780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.