Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2018

carnival logoGet ready for some cold weather fun as you gear up for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival! 2018 promises to be an action-packed year for this wintry celebration with a theme of "Adirondack Fiesta."

Please Note: Planning for the 2018 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is still underway. We will add additional information about the schedule when it becomes available.

When Is The Winter Carnival?

The 2018 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will run from February 2-11.

Where Do The Events Take Place?

The Winter Carnival takes place at various locations throughout Saranac Lake, NY. The iconic Saranac Lake Ice Palace, shown below, can be found on the shores of Lake Flower at Pontiac Bay.

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What Events Will Be Happening In 2018?

Please Note: Planning for the 2018 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is still underway. We will add additional information about the schedule when it becomes available.

Below, you can see what happened in 2017 to get a taste for what will take place in February 2018.

Sports competitions, special shows, live music, parades, children's events, and more!

Traditional winter sports include:

  • Snowshoeing and cross-country ski racing at Dewey Mountain
  • Inner-tube and alpine ski races at Mount Pisgah Ski Center
  • Skating races
  • Hockey games

Non-traditional activities include:

  • The annual Gala Parade
  • Snowflake volleyball played in knee-deep snow at the Civic Center
  • Snowshoe softball played at the Elks Field
  • Ultimate frisbee games in the snow at the Saranac Lake High School Football Field
  • Fireman's broomball at the Civic Center
  • A curling exhibition on Lake Flower
  • An exhibition of woodsmen's logging skills with Paul Smith's College students at Riverside Park
  • 18th Annual Past Royalty Mixer & Dinner
  • Coronation of Carnival Royalty

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What Is The Ice Palace?

  • The centerpiece of the Winter Carnival
  • Built on the shore of Lake Flower's Pontiac Bay at the NYS boat launch
  • Still constructed in the same way as it was in 1898 (the first year it was built)
  • Ice is harvested in blocks from Lake Flower and stacked to form the Palace

See photos of the ice palace through the years »

saranac lake winter carnival

Who Is Responsible For The Winter Carnival?

The Carnival is organized by a group of volunteers called the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.

Need More Information?

Go to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website »

Contact the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983 or at (518) 891-1990.

saranac lake winter carnival

Photo Credit for All Photos: Mark Kurtz

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