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Iconic Winter Events & Activities

Winter doesn't come to the Adirondacks.

No, winter makes an annual pilgrimage to the Adirondacks and falls into an almost majestic slumber for four months or more, wrapping itself in a picturesque cocoon of fresh snow. The residents of the Adirondack High Peaks region have been celebrating the cold winter temperatures with warm hospitality and outdoor recreation since the late 1800s. Whether it's holiday magic or a historic tradition of winter sports, Lake Placid gives you a reason to revel in the season all winter long.

Published: 10/18/2019

Lake Placid Winter Events

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

December 13-15, 2019

If you're anything like us, the first snowflake of the season prompts visions of sugar plums, cravings for crisp apple strudel, and we can almost smell the chestnuts roasting on an open fire. In Lake Placid, celebrating the holidays is a month-long event and it begins with the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll. It's a weekend full of family-friendly activities, food and beverage tastings, live music and entertainment, and holiday traditions that will leave you singing, "it's the most wonderful time of the year."

A person dressed like santa riding a gondola
Santa Skis Free at Whiteface Mountain

Happy and Merry in the High Peaks

December 22, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Get away from the hustle and bustle this holiday season and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in the Adirondacks. From shopping on a picturesque small town Main Street to holiday crafting, wellness activities, and nightly movies to Christmas and New Year's Brunch, nothing says mountain charm like Christmas in the Adirondacks. Sign up for our email newsletter and be among the first to hear about this year's plans!

Empire State Winter Games

January 30 - February 2, 2020

Now in its 40th year, the Empire State Winter Games brings together upwards of 2,000 athletes of all ages from New York and beyond that will compete in over 30 winter sports scheduled around the region. To accompany the games, Lake Placid will be host to a full schedule of activities, events, and celebration. Spectators are welcome and encouraged (access to some venues included in the purchase of a Lake Placid Olympic Passport).

Children smiling at an event
Lake Placid Welcomes Young Athletes

Saranac Lake Winter Events

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

January 31 - February 9, 2020

When winter lasts from November to May, every snow day brings another reason to celebrate and Saranac Lake already has the party planned. Join us this February for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, for fun times and fireworks, parades and parties, games, entertainment, and the world-famous Ice Palace.

High Peaks Resort Winter Events

Presidents Week at High Peaks Resort

February 15 - 23, 2020

Can't make it for Saranac Lake Winter Carnival? No worries! We're extending the fun this winter with a weeklong celebration of our very own. Enjoy nightly movies, kids crafting, wellness activities and outdoor adventures. Get out of winter survival mode and embrace the season in the Adirondacks.