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 November 30th, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings.

The program starts at 6PM at the Skaneateles Library, with Father Christmas and Mother Goose greeting children and posing for photos. At 6:30PM, the Rev. Becky Coerper, senior pastor at St. James Episcopal 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 Skaneateles Town Supervisor Janet Aaron at the gazebo; children’s stories read by Father Christmas at the United Methodist Church (where the Girl Scouts will serve holiday refreshments); and an open house at village stores.

Skaneateles Sings is sponsored by KeyBank and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the 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 4th, you’re invited to shop throughout the day and Shop, Sip and Stroll from 5PM to 8PM.

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

Among the merchants offering specials are:
Imagine—15 percent off all purchases, plus additional discounts on already reduced items
Rhubarb—savings and specials on Swiss Diamond Cookware, Wusthof Cutlery and Cuisinart, plus wine tasting and sampling of gourmet dips
Gallery 54—$5 off any purchase over $10, refreshments, and an opportunity to meet many of the gallery’s artists
cate&sally—complimentary gift wrapping, gift registry and gift cards
Emma James Boutique—10 percent off all purchases
Fleur de lis Florist—glass of wine and tasty treats
DROOZ and Company—complimentary gift bags and gift tags
White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room—15 percent off bottles of wine, plus $6 glasses of wine and free flights
Tranquility Salon—complimentary glass of wine; holiday shopping with Arbonne; $30 blowout and holiday makeup special ($25 if pre-booked with Kathleen Hanlon)

For more specials, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.

Anyone making a purchase that evening will have their choice of a free drink from the Blue Water Grill, LakeHouse Pub, Sherwood Inn or Finger Lakes on Tap (New York state glass of wine or New York state draft beer) or 15 percent off a bottle of wine at the Village Bottle Shop.

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

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