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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.

Please note, photos are from prior years and do not reflect COVID-19 guidelines.

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: (Cancelled for 2020)

kids on snowmobiles lined up

Please note, this event has been cancelled for 2020.

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 for 2020)

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: (Cancelled for 2021)

blue and white bird in tree in the winter

Please note, this event has been cancelled for 2021.

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 for 2021)

hockey goalie

Photo credit: ADK_lens, licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

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

Editor's Note 02/10/21: The closing fireworks scheduled for February 13 have been cancelled.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will still take place for 2021, although guests will not be allowed inside the Ice Palace and all individual events are cancelled except for two fireworks nights.

Adirondack Snowshoe Fest: (Cancelled for 2021)

snowshoers racing

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Please note, this event has been cancelled for 2021.

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: (Cancelled for 2021)

guy snowmobiling

Please note, this event has been cancelled for 2021.

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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