Stroll, Sing and Shop During Dickens Special Events

The month of December gets under way in Skaneateles with a traditional holiday event and a new one.

— On Dec. 2, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings (formerly known as Locals Night). The celebration starts at 6 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library, with Father Christmas and Mother Goose greeting children, reading stories and posing for photos.

At 6:30 p.m., the Rev. Craig Lindsey of First Presbyterian Church will dedicate the crèche in a candlelit ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by candlelit caroling with the Dickens characters and Girl Scouts, lighting of the Christmas tree and remarks by Mayor Marty Hubbard at the Gazebo, a magic show by the Wonderful Wizard of the North at the United Methodist Church (where the Girl Scouts will serve hot chocolate and cookies), and an open house at village stores. Children who visit the United Methodist Church will receive a gift from Key Bank.

In addition, winners of the Skaneateles Journal’s coloring contest will be announced, with prizes awarded in two age groups.

Skaneateles Sings is sponsored by Key Bank and the Skaneateles Journal, and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Skaneateles Garden Club.

First Friday celebrations will also take place that evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Imagine, Gallery 54, Skaneateles Artisans and Snake Oil Glassworks.

A new event—‘Tis the Season for Skaneateles Specials—will debut from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8, replacing Ladies Night and Gents Night.

“A few hours of shopping just wasn’t enough, so the Skaneateles merchants have expanded Ladies and Gents nights to an all-day shopping extravaganza,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “Ladies, come with your girlfriends. Gents, come with the guys. Couples, come together and pick out unique gifts for each other. Then top off the day with a free drink on us!”

Anyone making a purchase that day will have the choice of a free drink from Creekside Books & Coffee, Joelle’s French Bistro, Mirbeau Inn & Spa or the Sherwood Inn.

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