For the 19th year, the Village of Skaneateles (New York) Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Dickens Christmas. Local actors portray characters from Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, in what has become a holiday tradition for many Central New Yorkers. Each afternoon on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, entertainers dressed in Victorian costumes walk the village streets, sing Christmas Carols, perform scheduled acts and interact with people and those pesky photographers.
Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus and played by Kevin Pelletier) greeted me and was more than happy to pose for the perfect title photo.
This year is Charles Dickens 200th Birthday and I was thrilled to be able to wish the author so by way of Jim Greene’s spirited acting. Jim is the person behind the production of Skaneateles’ Dickens Christmas each year.
Charles Dickens gathers people around him a couple of times each presentation day to tell them about his new book. He got help from the Ghost of Jacob Marley, played by Brian Goldblatt, and volunteers from the audience.
Besides the Dickens characters, people could enjoy free horse drawn carriage rides, free roasted chestnuts and listen to Christmas music played by a strolling bagpiper.
You have not heard Christmas music until you have listened to it by a talented bagpiper like Piper Jack Heins.
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Ebenezer Scrooge as I did back in 2008. Maybe the weather kept him inside as it was very London-like with strong winds and constant rain which cut my stay short. I do hope to get back to Skaneateles later this month.