We Know How to enjoy winter- Carnival FUN

Don’t miss the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival! This 10 day celebration starts the first weekend in February. Parades, games, exhibits, celebrations, concerts, and more, all with a focus on family fun. We start and end with incredible fireworks against a black velvet Adirondack sky. Our Ice Palace (made from real ice right out of Lake Flower) comes with a King, Queen, and royal court.

Winter Carnival History

Since 1897, our Winter Carnival has been a grassroots, volunteer-driven event that started as a celebration to break up the spectacular, but deep, winters. The extra impetus came from the village’s transition from lively logging community to wilderness research and cure center for tuberculosis. The treatment of the time, while more successful that any other attempts until the discovery of antibiotics, emphasized lots of rest and few activities. But, the patients also needed a boost to their morale. And so the Winter Carnival was born.

Like many communities in the area, Saranac Lake was in the “ice trade,” cutting blocks of frozen water to serve the refrigeration needs of turn-of-the-century cities. So the equipment, and the expertise, was already in place to build the first Ice Tower. While there is now heavy equipment in use, the construction techniques are the same as the ones used over one hundred years ago. Over the years, enthusiasm has expanded the original Tower into a whole Ice Palace complex.

Make Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival Your Adirondack Getaway 

Much of our lodging is very close to the Ice Palace. Explore our money-saving packages!

Of course, we have plenty of lively, snow-centered activities and events, like the ski and snowshoe races, Ice Palace Fun Run, a curling exhibition, and snowball toss. We keep tradition alive with the woodman’s demonstration of logging skills and add modern fun like the Ultimate Frisbee Games and Fireman’s Broomball. There’s plenty of music, almost every day, from our vast pool of local talent.

Our historic downtown is walking distance from the Ice Palace. Enjoy our unique dining and shopping options!

Some don’t-miss elements are the Arctic BBQ, the crowd favorite Women's Frying Pan Toss, and the world-famous Lawn Chair Ladies with their synchronized performance dancing. It wouldn’t be a Winter Carnival Parade without them!

Grab some excitement at our skiing venues. Find a new favorite spot with our snowshoeing trails. It’s a great time to try ice fishing.

We have so many things to enjoy we do have to remind you to stop… to simply admire the beauty of the Ice Palace, whether lit from within by the afternoon sun or ablaze with colored lights after dark. Gather for the fireworks and enjoy group bonfires with hot chocolate and s’mores.

Browse some of the events lined up for Winter Carnival

 

Sun, 02/12/2017
Location: Saranac Lake, NY
Hours: 10:00am
Details

2016 Winter Carnival Rotary Show

Join us at the Harrietstown Hall for the Winter Carnival Rotary Show. It will start at 7:30 but the doors open at 6:30. The Rotary...
Details

Blue Line Brewery Arctic Golf

Not many people can say they have, but now you can. Arctic Golf is a miniature golf course like you've never seen before. Try your hand at...
Details

Blue Line Brewery Arctic Golf

The contest is intended for community organizations or businesses based within Saranac Lake however it is open to any group of at least...
Details

Ladies Fry Pan Toss

The Ladies' Fry Pan toss is a competition for women ages 16 and up, in four different divisions. You have to toss a skillet as hard as you...
Details

Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks

A popular event among the children who join together for a torchlight parade down the ski hill. An event for all ski abilities.  ...
Details

Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks

A popular event among the children who join together for a torchlight parade down the ski hill. An event for all ski abilities.  ...
Details

Spike of Ice Icicle Contest

Another quirky Winter Carnival event is the Spike of Ice Icicle Contest in which contestants transport naturally formed icicles to compete...
Details

Mayor's Snowball Toss Tournament Challenge

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau challenges you to team up with your partner and experience the sportsmanship of throwing snowballs into a...
Details

Guide Boat Realty "Storming the Palace" Closing Fireworks Display and Slideshow

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival - Guide Boat Realty Slideshow from 2015 Winter Carnival starting at 7:30pm "Storming the Palace" Closing...
Details