Lake George Winter Carnival Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Adirondack Region, N.Y. - The Adirondack Winter Season is a time of celebration and fun-in-the-snow. When others are shivering and groaning about shoveling driveways, Adirondack vacationers and locals alike are enjoying hundreds of miles of cross-country ski trails, full moon ski parties and a multitude of New York winter festivals.
The 2010-2011 winter season is just weeks away, and towns and villages throughout the Adirondacks will soon be hanging lights, grooming ski trails and looking forward to fireworks, parades and the annual winter festivals that make the season fun. VisitAdirondacks.com offers an upstate New York guide to all Adirondack winter events.
February 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Lake George Winter Carnival and this year’s month-long celebration promises to hold surprises and fun. On February 20, racer Glenn Brittian will attempt to make history with a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on ice in a rocket sled. The record is 253mph, and Glenn will attempt to reach a speed of 300 mph to break the record. Every weekend in February holds a carnival highlight, including the Polar Bear Plunge where more than 800 swimmers jump into the chilly waters of Lake George, outhouse races, a historical encampment of the 1700s, cook-off competitions, a Mardi Gras parade and fireworks. Check out LakeGeorgeWinterCarnival.com for a complete schedule of events.
North of Lake George is the historic town of Saranac Lake, host to the distinguished Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. This February 4-13, 2011, hundreds of revelers will celebrate the 114th anniversary of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. As the longest running event of its kind in the eastern U.S., visitors and residents both look forward to the annual Gala Parade on Saturday, February 12th, the Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss, ski races at Mount Pisgah and the lighting of the Ice Palace.
These are real community events and residents of Saranac Lake and Lake George truly pour their souls into making these winter carnivals fun and successful for everyone.
Can’t make it? Here are a few more Adirondack winter events:
- Adirondack Holiday Stroll in Speculator, November 26. Holiday shopping specials and promotions.
- Holiday Village Stroll in Lake Placid, December 10-12. Children’s activities, free skating, holiday movies, craft workshops, holiday performances, special promotions in stores and restaurants.
- Great Adirondack Snow Dance in Speculator, December 4. Dance at dusk, dinner, fireworks, live entertainment and children’s activities.
- Annual Winter Carnival in Long Lake, January 15, 2011. Sports contests with cash prizes, free ice-skating and sledding.
- Frozen Fire & Lights in Inlet, February 19, 2011. Bonfire and fireworks, free sledding, ice-skating and cross-country skiing, treats and cocoa.
- Winter Carnival in Raquette Lake, February 19, 2011. Ladies’ fry pan toss, men’s golf drive, tug of war, bonfire and fireworks.
Several Adirondack lodging properties are offering holiday packages throughout the season. For a complete list of Adirondack winter carnivals, festivals, events and more, check out VisitAdirondacks.com.
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