Skaneateles, N.Y. - No, you're not seeing triple. When the World's Smallest Christmas Parade kicks off Nov. 29, opening the 20th anniversary season of Dickens Christmas, it will feature three renditions of Charles Dickens. Jim Greene, who has played Dickens for more than a decade, will be joined by the production's first Dickens, Ted Davenport, grand marshal for the parade, and Kim Tenreiro, who will present a one-man dramatization of "A Christmas Carol" during the show's final weekend. The parade starts at noon at the Skaneateles Village Hall on Fennell Street, proceeding east to Jordan and Genesee streets and arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening. Dickens Christmas attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year and is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community. It runs noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24. In this Finger Lakes village, it is 1842, and Charles Dickens is gathering research for his soon-to-be-written classic, "A Christmas Carol." On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Hon. DeWitt Clinton (retired governor of New York who championed the Erie Canal), President William Henry Harrison, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets. Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse-drawn carriages. Highlights of the 20th anniversary season include:
- The Revels Live-Christmas carol sing-along-2 p.m. every day at theGazebo. Twelve groups form, each representing one of the 12 days of Christmas.The groups vie forattention, and at the end, Queen Victoria awards a silverteasel to the most spirited performer. Winners have been known to wear theircoveted silver teasels throughout theseason.
- Scenes from "A Christmas Carol,"featuring guests from theaudience, performed at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on the steps of the MasonicTemple.
- One-man dramatization of "A Christmas Carol,"presented by KimTenreiro, of Canandaigua, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the United MethodistChurch. Suggested donationis $5.
- Horse-drawn wagon and carriage ridesaround the village, departingfrom the Sherwood Inn.Wagon rides arefree; carriage rides are $20 per family.
- Free refreshments, including roasted chestnuts, warm figgy pudding andByrne Dairy eggnog.