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Winter Carnivals

Winter months in the Adirondacks are the most festive and activity filled! The whole region comes alive during this time of year. Celebrating the snow with century-old traditions is a big deal in the Adirondacks.

There are many communities in the area that host winter carnivals such as the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. It is the oldest cherished tradition; celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. It began in the 1800s when Saranac Lake was a health resort for Tuberculosis patients. It has grown into a two-week long celebration filled with special events. The largest attraction is the Ice Palace, offering tunnels, a maze and new surprises every year. This year the festivities will be held on February 3rd to the 12th.

Lake George hosts a winter carnival on the weekends throughout the month of February. Some activities include the Polar Bear Plunge, ice golfing, ATV ice races, ice sculptures, live music and beach bonfires. The Long Lake Winter Carnival takes place all day on January 14th.

There is a snowmobile parade that descends from the top of Mt. Sabattis. Cardboard box sled races, Ladies Fry Pan Toss, fireworks and much more! In the village of Inlet, the Frozen Fire and Lights event takes place with a bonfire and delicious treats after a day of sledding, ice skating, and cross country skiing. This event will be held on February 25th.

Raquette Lake hosts an event with similar activities plus Snow Dodgeball, tog-o-war, and a snowshoe relay. This event will be held the weekend before on February 18th. WinterFest is held from February 11th to the 12th promising a jam-packed weekend of Adirondack style events including a Winter Wonderland Craft Show. 

There are many fun activities that are open to the public and allow anyone to discover the excitement of an Adirondack Winter. Come participate in any of these carnivals or visit any town for an Adirondack experience! Find out why we love it so much up here!

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