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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2020

Get ready for some cold weather fun as you gear up for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival!

When is the Winter Carnival?

fireworks at winter carnival

The 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will run from Friday, January 31, 2020 to Sunday, February 9, 2020. The 2020 theme is Myths & Legends.

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.

What Events Will be Happening in 2020?

full ice palace photo

Browse the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Schedule

Please note that the information below is preliminary. An asterisk (*) indicates an event not run by the Winter Carnival Committee, and the dollar sign ($) indicates a cost associated with an event.

Monday, January TBD, 2020

  • 4:30pm to 7:30pm: High School Court Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser (Belvedere Restaurant, 102 Bloomingdale Avenue, $)

Thursday, January TBD, 2020

  • 6:30pm to 9:30pm: High School Court Bingo Night Fundraiser (Elks Club, 30 Bloomingdale Avenue, $, 18+)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • *5:30pm: 19th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner, open to past royalty only (Red Fox Restaurant, 5034 NYS Route 3, contact Marilyn Bigelow at 518.891.1286, $)

Friday, January 31, 2020 - First Day

  • 7:30pm: *Women's Civic Chamber Coronation of Winter Carnival Royalty (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • TBD: *Post-Coronation Winter Royalty Reception

Saturday, February 1, 2020

  • 10am: NBT Bank Ice Palace Fun Run (4 miles) (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)
  • 10am to 4pm: Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest, register before 2/1 (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)
  • 10am to 4pm: *Lutheran Church Women's Bake and Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • 10am to 4pm: *27th Annual Chocolate Festival by the Paul Smith's College Boosters without Borders (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • 11am: Casella Waste Systems Curling Exhibition (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)
  • 11am: *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)
  • 11am to 2pm: *Petrova Winter Carnival for Kids (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, $)
  • 12pm: Hit the Button Curling Competition (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)
  • 12:30pm: Saranac Lake Teachers Association Little Ladies' Fry Pan Toss, for girls ages 6 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 17 (Riverside Park, $), Registration is 11am to 12pm at the event
  • 1pm: Taylor Rental Ladies' Fry Pan Toss. (Riverside Park, $), Registration is 11am to 12:30pm at the event
  • 2:30pm: ANCA Flower Ball (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)
  • 7pm: Lighting of the Ice Palace and Cape Air Opening Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

Sunday, February 2, 2020

  • 10am to 5pm: Blue Line Brewery Arctic Golf (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)
  • 10am: *White Stag Downhill Ski Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)
  • 11am to 2:30pm: *Arctic Bar-B-Que (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $), presented by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah
  • 12pm to 5pm: Adirondack Health Skate Lake Colby and Ice Sport Demos (Lake Colby Beach, bring your ice skates)
  • 1pm: H&R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games (Saranac Lake High School Football Field), call 518.637.3238 for details
  • 6pm to 8pm: Adirondack Health Night Skate Lake Colby (Lake Colby Beach, bring ice skaes and a headlamp or flashlight)

Monday, February 3, 2020

  • 7pm: *Interfaith Service Celebration (St. Luke's Church)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

  • 3:30pm: *Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center)
  • 5pm: Grand Marshal Reception (TBD, cash bar)
  • 6pm: Royalty Dinner (TBD, $), RSVP by 02/01 at 518.891.4367

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

  • 6pm: Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, $), call 518.891.2697

Thursday, February 6, 2020

  • 2:30pm to 6:30pm: *31st Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Free Library, Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room, $)
  • 6pm: American Management Association Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center)

Friday, February 7, 2020

  • 10am: Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)
  • 10am to 4pm: *31st Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Free Library, Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room, $)
  • 12:30pm: Coakley Ace Hardware Children's Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center)
  • 7pm to 9:30pm: *Firefighter's Broom Ball (Saranac Lake Civic Center)
  • 7:30pm: *Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall, $), this event usually sells out - get your tickets ahead of time

Saturday, February 8, 2020

  • 8am to 11am: *Mason's Pancake Breakfast (First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street, $), sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple
  • 8:30am to 9:30am: *Breakfast With the Winter Carnival Characters at the Mason's Pancake Breakfast (First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street)
  • 10am to 11am: Stewart's Shops Meet the Winter Carnival Characters (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)
  • 10am: *Can-Am Snow Rugby Game (Saranac Lake High School Track Field), call 518.524.5841 for details
  • 10am to 4pm: *31st Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room, $)
  • 10:30am to 3:30pm: *Lion's Club Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)
  • 11am: *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)
  • 12pm: Gala Parade Line-up (Register at Nice N Easy Mobil, line up on Upper Broadway)
  • 1pm: Gala Parade (Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to LaPan Highway)
  • Post-Parade Winter Carnival Parade Bands Sound-Off (Harrietstown Town Hall)

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - Last Day

  • 10am: Community Bank Adult Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $), call 518.891.2697 for details
  • 11am: Bionique Testing Labs Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center, Rotary Field, $)
  • 11am: Snowshoe Softball (Elks Field, John Munn Road, $)
  • 11am: ANCA FlowerBall (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)
  • 12pm: Key Bank Youth Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $), call 518.891.2697 for details
  • 12pm to 1:45pm: *Lunch at the Carousel with the Stewart's Shop Carnival Characters (Adirondack Carousel, $)
  • 12:30pm to 1:45pm: Snowy Owl Face Painting for Children (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • 2pm: Casella Waste Systems Kiddie Parade (Main Street)
  • 2pm: Tops Friendly Markets Cookie Decorating Contest (Harrietstown Hall, immediately following the Kiddie Parade)
  • 3pm: *25th Annual Saranac Lake Young Arts Association Winter Carnival Baroque & Beyond Concert (First United Methodist Church, donation requested)
  • 7:30pm: Guide Boat Realty Winter Carnival Slide Show (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)
  • 8pm: Guide Boat Realty "Storming the Palace" Closing Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • 6pm: Post-Winter Carnival Committee Wrap-Up Meeting, 2020 Critique (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School)

Wednesday, February TBD, 2020

  • 2pm: Post-Winter Carnival Slideshow (Saranac Village at Will Rogers)
  • 7:30pm: Post-Winter Carnival Slideshow (Saranac Village at Will Rogers)

Wednesday, February TBD, 2020

  • 6pm: Winter Carnival Volunteer Recognition Dinner (TBD, 5pm to 6pm cocktails)

Tuesday, March TBD, 2020

  • 6pm: Winter Carnival Committee Meeting - Theme Nominations (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School)

Tuesday, April TBD, 2020

  • 6pm: Winter Carnival Committee Annual Meeting - Elections and Theme Selection (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School)

What Is The Ice Palace?

ice palace made of blocks

  • 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 throughout the duration of the 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.

Need More Information?

Go to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website »

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