Families looking for a storybook Christmas celebration will delight in Dickens Christmas, held every weekend in picturesque Skaneateles in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York.
Celebrating its 19th year, the festival takes visitors back to 1842 as Charles Dickens is gathering research for his soon-to-be-written classic, "A Christmas Carol." He and Queen Victoria journey to Skaneateles, where they meet such villagers as Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Fagin, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Highlights include The World's Smallest Christmas Parade, Christmas carol sing-alongs (with awards for the most spirited!), street performances of "A Christmas Carol," horse-drawn wagon rides and free refreshments. Held Saturdays and Sundays, Nov 25 through Dec. 24. For more information please visit www.skaneateles.com.