Skaneateles celebrates 25 years of Dickens Christmas

The annual Dickens Christmas festival, a lakeside holiday tradition in Skaneateles, has been going strong for a quarter century.

More than 50 characters from “A Christmas Carol” still dress up and interact with residents and visitors around town every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Organizers said the event brings more than 20,000 visitors to the village each year.

The cast includes Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Fezziwigs, Charles Dickens, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, a winter fairy, chimney sweepers, pickpockets and other villagers.

Kevin P. Pelletier has acted in the show for 24 of the last 25 years. He started out playing a Scotsman, wearing a kilt in the cold weather.

Nineteen years ago, he took over the plum role of Father Christmas and has delighted children with candy canes and his jolly ho-ho-hos ever since.

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