What are you doing to celebrate the arrival of 2016? If you’re looking for fun events to attend on New Year’s Eve or this weekend, we’ve got you covered!
Starlight Snowshoe Tour, photo provided by Lapland Lake
New Year’s Eve – Thursday, December 31
Enjoy a family-friendly skating party at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval that benefits the Lake Placid Food Pantry! Hot beverages and snacks have been donated for the occasion, and all skaters are encouraged to bring their family and friends.
This family-oriented celebration of the arts is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve events in the Adirondacks! This year’s lineup includes 17 acts and 37 performances, followed by the “snowflake” ball drop and fireworks at midnight.
Oak Mountain will present an extensive Grand Buffet from 6:00PM – 8:00PM on New Year’s Eve, followed by live music and a spectacular fireworks show!
New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1
Start 2016 off with family-friendly fun at the North Creek Ski Bowl! Half price tubing tickets are available after 3:00PM, and so are Village Slopes twilight tickets for skiers and riders.
Meet at the boat launch by Speculator Pavilion and Ball Field, and when the firehouse signal goes off at noon, everyone runs into the water! Participants and spectators are both welcome at this event.
Head to Shepard’s Park Beach in Lake George and join 1,000 other participants as they run into the frigid waters at 1:00PM! This frosty dip is one of the most popular New Year’s traditions in the Southern Adirondacks.
Other Weekend Events
Rounding out the trio of icy swims is the Feelin’ Long Lakey Polar Bear Plunge on January 2. Proceeds from the event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, and awards are given in various categories.
Head to Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center on January 2 for a one-of-a-kind winter evening! Participants will snowshoe to a lakeside campfire where they’ll roast s’mores and enjoy other light snacks. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance!
Enjoy the third installment of this winter film series that benefits Adirondack Treks, an outdoor club for kids. The film on January 2 is called Meru, and it is a story of perseverance, challenge, and tragedy.