Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake
The longest running Winter Carnival in the East!

We Know How to enjoy winter - Carnival FUN

February 2 - 11, 2018

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.

Come inside the Palace for the maze, throne room, and ice carvings.
Come inside the Palace for the maze, throne room, and ice carvings.

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.

One thing that hasn't changed is the fireworks to open and close the Ice Palace.
One thing that hasn't changed is the fireworks to open and close the Ice Palace.

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.

Plenty of places indoors for festive feelings, too.
Plenty of places indoors for festive feelings, too.

 

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!

The Frying Pan Toss is real -- keep your distance because these ladies have been practicing!
The Frying Pan Toss is real -- keep your distance because these ladies have been practicing! Moderated by our King and Queen.

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.

There's a different theme every year to bring out our creative side.
There's a different theme every year to bring out our creative side.

Here's our 2018 Winter Carnival Schedule so you won't miss your favorites.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
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2fer Tuesday at Grizle T's Every Tuesday starting at 9pm we offer 2 for 1 draft, bottle, and canned beer, well liquor, champagne, and wine!  See you there!
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
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Whisky Wednesday at Grizle T's $1 off all Whisky and $3.50 Narragansett Pints All Day. Be there!  
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
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Every Thursday is Thirsty Thursday at Grizle T's 2 for 1 Anchorsteam, Switchback, Torpedo, Yonker's Shower Time, and Downeast Cider Thirsty Thursday is here!    
Saturday, January 27th, 2018
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Calling all kids - join us for some winter fun at Mt. Pisgah! Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. kids race down the mountain, and at the finish are awarded a candy bar.  Guaranteed ...

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