Lake George Winter Carnival 2017

Weekends In February Are Winter Carnival Time!

Lake George Village offers a month-long celebration of winter during this annual family-friendly festival! The Winter Carnival takes place each weekend throughout February, so mark your calendar and take part in the fun.

snowmobile races at the Lake George Winter Carnival

Relish the warmth of tasty samples during the chowder, chili, BBQ and chicken wing cook-offs. Enjoy the always hilarious and fun outhouse races - a crowd pleasing favorite! - as well as dog sled, ATV, snowmobile races and more.

Kids can play indoor mini golf, participate in children's activities, enjoy an ATV wagon or pony ride, and toast marshmallows on the beach. And that's just a sample; there's so much fun for everyone! View the complete list of activities below.

What Happens If There's No Ice?

Although Lake George is usually frozen solid by February, there are some years (like 2016) when mild temperatures cause the ice to be unsafe for the Winter Carnival's normal activities.

If ice-dependent events need to be canceled or relocated, that information will be announced on the Winter Carnival's Facebook page or website.

We will continue to make updates to this page through the end of the Carnival.

2017 Winter Carnival Activities Coming Soon!

PLEASE NOTE: The below schedule is from 2016 so attendees have an idea of what to expect this year. The 2017 schedule will be posted when it is made available.

Sample Schedule: Every Weekend in February (from 2016)

Lake George Winter Carnival

The following events you can enjoy every Saturday and Sunday at the Lake George Winter Carnival during the month of February:

  • All day - Helicopter Rides (Fee) - From Fort William Henry
  • 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM - ATV Wagon Rides for Kids ($3) - In front of Duffy's Deli
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Make Your Own Sundae Sundays - Shepards Park Beach sponsored by Stewarts Shops (Sundays Only)
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Children’s Activities and Face Painting - King Neptune’s & Magic Castle
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Pony Rides ($5) - Shepards Park
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Open Mic - Shepards Park Amphitheater
  • 2:00 PM - LG Dog's Got Talent Show - Shepards Park Beach
  • 3:00 PM - Polar Plunge - Shepards Park Beach
  • 5:30 PM - Wish Lantern Fly Off (Saturdays Only, Purchase At The LGWC Souvenir Table) - Shepards Park Beach
  • 6:00 PM - Fireworks Over The Lake (Saturdays Only)

Additional Highlights From The 2016 Carnival Schedule:

Weekend 1: Saturday, February 6th & Sunday, February 7th, 2016

  • Sat 12:00 PM - Noon Opening Ceremonies - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 12:30 PM - Chili Cook Off - Shepards Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30 PM - Outhouse Races - Registration at Duffy's at 10:00 AM
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Lake George Winter Carnival Parade - North on Canada St.
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Bonfire on the Beach - Shepards Park Beach - Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sat & Sun - Dogsled Rides - $20 - Festival Space on West Brook Road
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - Lake George Forum
  • Sun 1:00 PM - Superbowl Sunday Pre-Game Warm Up - Keg Toss Competition at Shepards Park Beach

Weekend 2: Saturday, February 13th & Sunday, February 14th, 2016

  • Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration - ATV Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt - Duffy's
  • Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - BBQ Cook Off - Shepard's Cove (downstairs)
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Toast marshmallows and make s'mores - Duffy's Deli
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sat 2:00 PM & Sun 1:00 PM - Human Foosball Tournament - Boardwalk Parking Lot
  • Sat & Sun - Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm - Shepards Park
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - Lake George Forum
  • Sun 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Make Your Own Sundae Sundays - Magic Castle on Canada St.
  • NOTE: Because of the severely cold forecast, there will be no dog sled rides, ATV wagon rides for kids, wish lantern fly off, polar plunge, open mic, or duck races this weekend. Dog's Got Talent has been canceled for Saturday, and could potentially be canceled on Sunday as well.

Weekend 3: Saturday, February 20th - Sunday, February 21st, 2016

  • Sat 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration - ATV Poker Run/Scavenger Hunt - Duffy's
  • Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Chowder Cook Off - Shepards Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Bonfire on the Beach - Shepards Park Beach. Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks.
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sat & Sun - Breezy Hill Alpaca Farm - Shepards Park
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - Lake George Forum
  • Sun 1:00 PM - Human Foosball Tournament
  • Sun - Dogsled Rides - $20 (Festival Space if no ice)

Weekend 4: Saturday, February 27th - Sunday, February 28th, 2016

  • Sat 12:00 PM - Chicken Wing Cook Off - Shepards Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00 PM - Bonfire on the Beach - Shepards Beach-Toast marshmallows and watch the fireworks.
  • Sat 6:00 PM - Fireworks - Over the Lake
  • Sun - Dogsled Rides - $20 - Festival Space
  • Sun 11:00 AM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmage - Lake George Forum
  • Sun 12:00PM - Duck Race
  • Sun 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Glacier Golf Tournament
  • Sun 1:00PM - Human Foosball Tournament
  • Sun 3:30 PM - Raffle Drawing - Shepards Park Beach

All events are weather and ice permitting, LGWC will not be held responsible for any cancelled events or races.

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