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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2022

The 2022 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will center around the theme, "Totally 80s," and will take place February 3 to 14. 

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What Events Will be Happening in 2022?

kids playing a game in the snow/on the ice
Flower ball!

2022 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Schedule

Thursday, February 3

  • 5:30pm: Royalty Mixer & Dinner (open to past royalty only) at Red Fox Restaurant

Friday, February 4

  • 11am to 12:30pm & 4pm to 6pm: NEW Winter Carnival Suncatcher Contest (see info: https://www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/schedule/general-events/sun-catcher-contest)
  • 4pm to 6pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace

Saturday, February 5

  • 10am to 6pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 10am: NBT Bank Ice Palace Fun Run at the Ice Palace
  • 10am to 4pm: Edward Jones Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest at Prescott Park
  • 11am: Long Run Wealth Advisors Curling Exhibition on Lake Flower
  • 12pm: Heat Keepers Icicle Contest at Riverside Park
  • 12pm: Lake Placid Curling Club "Hit the Button" Curling Competition on Lake Flower
  • 12:30pm: Saranac Teachers Association Little Ladies Fry Pan Toss at Riverside Park
  • 1pm: Taylor Rental Ladies Fry Pan Toss at Riverside Park
  • 7pm: Lighting of the Ice Palace & Hotel Saranac Opening Fireworks Display (roads close at 6:15pm)

Sunday, February 6

  • 10am to 6pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 10am to 3pm: Edward Jones Arctic Golf at Prescott Park
  • 1pm: Life Power Chiropractic Ultimate Frisbee Games at Saranac Lake School Football Field
  • 2:30pm: ANCA Flower Ball on Lake Flower
ice car
A "Totally 80s" ice car sculpture in progress on January 27, 2022, just days before the carnival starts.

Monday, February 7

  • 1pm to 5pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace

Tuesday, February 8

  • 1pm to 5pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 5pm: Winter Carnival Grand Marshall Reception at Saranac Waterfront Lodge
  • 6pm: Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner (RSVP required)

Wednesday, February 9

  • 1pm to 5pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 6pm: Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races at Dewey Mountain

Thursday, February 10

  • 1pm to 5pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 6pm: American Management Association Torchlight Skiing & Fireworks at Mt. Pisgah Ski Center

Friday, February 11

  • 10am: Adirondack Bank Innertube Races at Mt. Pisgah Ski Center
  • 12:30pm: Coakley Home & Hardware Children's Skating Races at Saranac Lake Civic Center
  • 1pm to 5pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm: NEW Saranac Waterfront Lodge Snow Ball 

Saturday, February 12

  • 10am to 6pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 12pm: Gala Parade Lineup 
  • 1pm: Gala Parade Presented by Casella Waste and North Country Community College

Sunday, February 13

  • 10am: Community Bank Adult Cross-Country Ski Races at Dewey Mountain
  • 11am: Bionique Testing Labs Snowflake Volleyball Tournament at Saranac Lake Civic Center
  • 11am: ANCA Flower Ball on Lake Flower
  • 12pm to 6pm: NEW Winter Carnival History Hut & Gift Shop near the Ice Palace
  • 12pm: Adirondack Health Youth Cross-Country Ski Races at Dewey Mountain
  • 7:30pm: Guide Boat Realty Winter Carnival Slide Show at the Ice Palace
  • 8pm: Guide Boat Realty "Storming the Ice Palace" Closing Fireworks Display

There is no spaghetti dinner this year, Skate Lake Colby event, Rotary Club Variety Show, or Mason's Pancake Breakfast this year.

Please note: These are the primary Winter Carnival activities and events, as run by the Carnival Committee. There are other happenings around Saranac Lake. You can find more details at Winter Carnival's website: https://www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/schedule

What is the Ice Palace?

view of 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)
  • The Ice Palace is open to the public during the duration of Carnival
  • Ice is harvested in blocks from Lake Flower and stacked to form the Palace

See photos of the ice palace through the years »

Who is Responsible for the Winter Carnival?

The Carnival is organized by a group of volunteers called the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. The palace is built by dedicated, awesome volunteers called the Ice Palace Workers (IPW).

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