Usher in the Holidays With “Skaneateles Sings” and “Shop Skaneateles”


Two community events complement the season-long celebration of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.

On the evening of December 1, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings. 

At 6:30 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library, Pastor Justin Hood of the United Methodist Church will dedicate the crèche in a candlelit ceremony. For those arriving early, Father Christmas will greet children and pose for photos starting at 6 p.m.

The ceremony will be followed by candlelit caroling with the Dickens characters; lighting of the Christmas tree and remarks at the gazebo; a reception at the United Methodist Church with Father Christmas; and an open house at village stores.

Leading up to the event, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Barrow Art Gallery will host a Holiday Open House with live piano music, gift shopping and refreshments.

Skaneateles Sings is sponsored by the Skaneateles Bakery and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Skaneateles Girl Scouts and Skaneateles Garden Club.

“The Chamber would like to extend a special thank-you to Strawberry Fields, which donated the Christmas trees for the Masonic Temple and the gazebo, and the Girl Scouts, who decorated the gazebo tree,” says executive director Hilary Fenner. “We’d also like to thank the village and town for their financial support of the decorations and the Village Electric Department for its help in putting up the decorations, which will be enjoyed by the community all season long.”

During Shop Skaneateles, December 5, you’re invited to shop throughout the day and Shop, Sip and Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Many village shops will offer free gift-wrapping and refreshments. In the evening, parking will be free village-wide.

Merchants offering specials that night include:

  • DROOZ and Company — complimentary gift bags and gift tags.
  • Emma + James and Hap + Main — $20 gift card for use on a future purchase with every $100 spent.
  • Nest 58 — 10% off all merchandise.
  • Pure Placid — “Twinkling Tranquility” tree-lighting at 5:30 p.m., 20% off all gift sets, and sweet treats while you shop.
  • Rhubarb Kitchen Shop — tastings from Finger Lakes Harvest (shrubs, tonics and holiday Glögg) and Chica Celita’s (authentic, all-natural salsa). Follow the shop on Facebook and Instagram for holiday specials on cookware and cutlery.
  • Sea Culture Brand — 15% off all merchandise, excluding cigars, shoes and some third-party brands.
  • Sky Yoga — class specials and holiday sales.
  • The Local Branch — $10 gift card with purchases over $100, $20 gift card with purchases over $250, $50 gift card with purchases over $500. Gift cards valid through Dec. 31, 2024.
  • The Savage Homestead — holiday shopping by candlelight, festive refreshments, boutique-only specials, and deluxe samples with every purchase.
  • The Wandering Kind — 10% off full-price styles.

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Anyone making a purchase that evening will have their choice of a free drink from The Sherwood Inn, Blue Water Grill or Lake House Pub or 15% off a bottle of wine from the Village Bottle Shop.

Shop Skaneateles is sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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