Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

February 4-13, 2022
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A Saranac Lake Tradition.

Be at the Heart of it All!

Located just steps from our doors, The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival (Feb. 4th-13th) is a 10-day festival that includes a Royal Court complete with coronation celebrations and courtly robes, multiple firework displays, performances, arctic golf, an arctic BBQ, downhill ski races, snowshoe races, curling exhibitions, woodsman exhibitions, a ladies fry pan toss, the med parades, and more! The centerpiece of the event is a massive and iconic Ice Palace - which you can tour! - made entirely out of thousands of ice blocks cut from the lake.

This year, the celebrated event is taking guests back in time with a “Totally ‘80s” theme. Saranac Waterfront Lodge is the perfect centralized hub for those attending the festivities.
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ice blocks
Kids racing in snow shoes

Events at Saranac Waterfront Lodge


When: Feb 11th
Saranac Waterfront Lodge
Join us for the return of the classic formal dinner and dance, the Snowball for the 125th anniversary of Winter Carnival. Join us for dinner, cocktails, live music, and a night of great company with your community!
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When:  Feb 5th at 1pm
On the ice in front of the Lawn Cornhole Tournament on Ice! Women's Civic Chamber is hosting a new event during Winter Carnival. Limited number of teams and spots will fill quickly. Click below to register.


When: Fridays, Feb 4th & 11th 5pm-7pm
Lakeside Lawn
Enjoy watching figure skating by ORDA on the rink right outside our lakeside lawn.


From: Jan 20th-Feb 13th
Lakeside Lawn
Beginning January 20, the winter carnival committee will start the ice palace and a few sculptures on our lawn! The ice palace is built exclusively by community volunteers.


From: Jan 14th-February 21st
Lakeside Lawn
Gather around a fire pit on the lakeside lawn for a warm gooey s'more. Our fire pits will be lit, warmers will be on and blankets will be provided for a warm and cozy s'mores session on our lawn!
To learn more about all of the Winter Carnival activities this year, please visit
Children playing outside in the snow in front of the hotel.

Winter Carnival Celebration

Whether you’re visiting for a few days or for the entire event, our Winter Carnival Celebration Package – inclusive of savings on our luxury lodging, breakfast for 2 daily in Boathouse and a deluxe s’mores kit – is the perfect way to enhance your carnival experience.

Based on availability. Not valid for suites Taxes and applicable fees are extra. Photo credit: Mark Kurtz, Saranac Lake NY.

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