Winter Family Travel Idea: Adirondack Winter Festivals

Ice Palace SL Winter CarnivalCarnival season has officially begun in the Adirondacks of Northern New York, and I am making plans for my family to hit the region this winter.  Saturday marked the beginning of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival’s 10 days of revelry. Check out the Ice Palace, snag a front row seat for the Gala Parade and join in a 115 year-old tradition at one of National Geographic Traveler’s Top 10 Winter Carnivals in the world.

The Adirondack Region of Northern New York is a six-million-acre wilderness park, offering unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities year-round. Book an Adirondack ski package and experience all that the region has to offer, from riding the greatest vertical drop in the east at Whiteface Mountain, to carving turns at family friendly Gore Mountain  – the Adirondack Region offers revelry and entertainment all season long.

Check out these Adirondack Winter Festivals:

  • Lake George Winter Carnival offers festivities throughout the entire month. Every weekend, the village of Lake George heads outside to revel in the snow. Dive in during the Polar Bear Plunge, play ice golf, enjoy fireworks, a giant snow slide and ice castle. Take a ride in a hot air balloon and don’t miss the “Moon Glow” and “Fly Off,” where hot air balloons will rise into the wintry sky.
  • WinterFest in Indian Lake, slated for February 17-19, promises a jam-packed weekend of Adirondack events. Enjoy ski and snowboarding races, a craft fair, the annual snowmobile poker run and organized snowshoe outings.
  • Raquette Lake Winter Carnival kicks off February 18-19. Celebrate winter and enjoy winter sports events, a bonfire and fireworks in this idyllic Adirondack village.
  • Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights on February 25 offers a full day of family fun with free sledding, ice-skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Enjoy fireworks, a bonfire and complimentary refreshments.
  • Tri-Town Winterfest in the St. Lawrence River Valley kicks off the second weekend in February and lasts all week long. Enjoy outdoor concerts and theatrical shows, scrapbooking demos and workshops, a chili cook-off and the Polar Bear Golf Tournament.

Adirondack ski packages offer value and incentive – so you can stay and play throughout February. Enjoy carnival festivities and all that the Adirondack Region has to offer. Ski the greatest vertical drop in the east at Whiteface, spend the day cruising Gore Mountain’s wide trails or enjoy off-hill activities like ice-skating, sledding and snowshoeing.

  • Ski & Stay Package from The Copperfield Inn includes two nights in a luxury room, ski passes at Gore Mountain for two for two days, breakfast and a gas card. Rates start at $173 per person, per night.
  • Enjoy all the amenities of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake at Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn. The Double the Fun Package includes two nights’ accommodations, two ski passes to Whiteface Mountain. Rates start at $199 per person.
  • Enjoy a Bed & Sled Getaway at the Redpines Bed & Breakfast in Lake Pleasant for just $90 per person, per night. Package includes breakfast for two each morning, discount sled rentals from Village Rentals in nearby Speculator.

Hit the slopes, ride some of the best snowmobile trails in the east, enjoy winter festivals and revel in all that the Adirondack Region has to offer this February.

About the Adirondacks:

The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondack on or Search Adirondack attractions, events and vacation packages at

Disclosure: I was not compensated to feature this information, however I will be visiting the area in the next few months as a guest and will be reviewing the destination.



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