Saranac Lake January Events

In my mind, one of the best parts of winter is getting outdoors to experience and learn about our amazing natural environment here in the Adirondacks. Events that center around learning about the natural Adirondacks can be experienced at:

the Visitor interpretive center

In addition to the wonderful exhibits, live birds and trail system at the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), the facility schedules regular learning programs throughout the year.  The winter programs are a fun way to get outside and learn something at the same time.  This month the VIC offers one of my favorite programs, "Birding the Adirondacks". Join VIC naturalist, Brian McAllister, on a snowshoe excursion to identify and learn about our winter population of birds. There are four bird walks scheduled throughout the winter, two of which take place in January. 

Visit Paul Smith VIC in winter


An often mis-pronounced Gaelic word defined by Webster as "a party with music, dancing, and often storytelling", Ceilidh is pronounced ˈkā-lē. In Saranac Lake every Thursday evening, a group of musicians convene at the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce offices to socialize and find fun in the Gaelic music they create at the Ceilidh Music Sessions. It'll make you want to jump up and dance!  I haven't personally attended one of these sessions, however I've seen video. It looks really fun and the dozen or so musicians who gather produce some fantastic, fun sounds. The public is welcome at any of the Thursday night sessions, which take place beginning at 7:00 p.m. Let us know if you go and write a review in the comments section below, if so.  Sounds like great fun!

art | history

Saranac Lake is well known for its large population of very talented artists. The natural beauty surrounding Saranac Lake has long given rise to a creative spirit in local artists that is celebrated regularly at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery. This month the members of the Guild have created works about farms and barns for a show titled "Down on the Farm". Opening night and reception will take place on Friday, January 10 from 5 - 7 pm. All are welcome. The exhibit will run through February 4.

Historic Saranac Lake offers two interesting tours this month. The first tour is a Tour of the Historic Downtown area of Saranac Lake on January 14. With a stop for a hot drink and history chat along the way, you'll learn a great deal about the rich history of our village, finishing up with a tour of the Saranac Labratory, home to Dr. Trudeau's famous research center. On January 20, take a Tour of Historic Trudeau Sanitorium, This facility is home to the former Tuberculosis treatment center, which brought many famous people to Saranac Lake in the early 20th Century. 

Winter carnival time!

This year the last day of January marks the beginning of 117th Annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. For 10 days each winter, Saranac Lake celebrates all that is winter, with its famous ice palace, competitions, celebrations and world-famous parade. It all culminates on the last day with the carnival slide show and fireworks display over Lake Flower at the Ice Palace. With more than 50 individual events throughout the 10 days, you're bound to find a lot to get you in the spirit of winter in Saranac Lake! Click the link above to find more information and a full schedule.

Winter Carnival fireworks display photo by Mark Kurtz


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