Dickens Christmas gives Skaneateles economy holiday boost

The village of Skaneateles’s streets were filled with people Sunday, some picking up last minute Christmas presents or walking their dogs while others enjoyed some caroling from the village’s Dickens Christmas performers.

Many Skaneateles small business owners agreed that the Christmas season is one of the busiest for the lakeside village and the annual Dickens Christmas celebration draws visitors from around the state, which in turn drives people into their shops.

Merchants throughout the village sponsor Dickens Christmas festivities, which is organized by the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s wonderful that the chamber does all they can to help the businesses in this town,” said Ann Neibert, owner of Aristocats and Dogs Pet Boutique. “Business from Dickens helps us get through the winter. We all appreciate Dickens.”

Neibert, who has owned the small pet store with her husband David for almost 10 years, said the increased business at Christmastime helps small business owners get through the lull in tourism the village experiences during winter.

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