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Who's Ready for Winter Fun in the Adirondacks? Check Out Top Annual Winter Events

Get Ready for Carnivals, Fireworks & Fun All Season Long

Editor's Note 10/15/20 3:45pm: Winter Carnival festival organizers have not yet received word on COVID-19 regulations, although the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has promised it is happening in some capacity! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Annual events are one of the best parts of winter in the Adirondacks! From Snodeo Weekend in Old Forge to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, there's always something going on throughout the entire season.

ADK Winter Carnivals: All Season Long

lit up fake trees by Lake George Winter Carnival sign

Photo credit: Charles Henry Eldridge

It's winter carnival season in Adirondack Park! These popular events take place each year all over the Adirondacks, and some of the highlights include fireworks, tours, games, and activities for families.

Snodeo Weekend: December 11 - 13, 2020

kids on snowmobiles lined up

Kick off the 2020/2021 snowmobile season with a fantastic snowmobile show, raffle drawing, kitty-cat/120cc races, and more during Old Forge's Snodeo Weekend.

First Night Saranac Lake: (Cancelled)

blue and pink fireworks

Please note: This event has been cancelled for 2020.

Ring in the New Year at First Night Saranac Lake! Enjoy a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment, a unique snowflake/ball drop, a fireworks display, and much more.

Winter Birding Weekend in Long Lake: (2021 Date Not Yet Released)

blue and white bird in tree in the winter

Plan a trip to Long Lake this January for the Winter Birding Weekend. Participants will get to enjoy two days of birding tours and an afternoon presentation by local birding expert Joan Collins from Adirondack Avian Expeditions.

Empire State Winter Games: (Cancelled)

hockey goalie

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Please note: This event has been cancelled for 2021.

Multiple venues in the Lake Placid Region will host the 2021 Empire State Winter Games on January 28 - 31. This multi-day sports competition will feature athletes from across New York State competing in over 30 exciting winter sports events.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: February 5 - 14, 2021

people at the ice palace

Experience one of winter's most action-packed traditions during the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Visitors can even explore the iconic Ice Palace, which is built every year.

Adirondack Snowshoe Fest: (2021 Dates Not Yet Released)

snowshoers racing

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The Adirondack Snowshoe Fest in Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths is a full weekend of fun. Check out winter forest bathing on snowshoes, a children's snowshoe scavenger hunt, a snowshoe obstacle course, and more.

Old Forge SnoFest: March 5 - 6, 2021 (Tentative)

guy snowmobiling

Head to SnoFest at Old Forge's Hiltebrant Recreation Center to try out the latest snowmobile models by Ski Doo, Yamaha, Polaris, and Arctic Cat. Discover the latest gear and start preparing for next year's snowmobile season in advance.

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