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Enjoy The 2019 Lake George Winter Carnival

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 (Saturdays and Sundays from 2/2/2019-2/24/2019), so mark your calendar now and get ready to take part in the fun.

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

Kids can participate in children's activities, go for a 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 events and activities below.

happy snowman sign in winter

What Happens If There's No Ice?

Although Lake George is usually frozen solid by February, there are some years 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 also update our schedule with the latest information as it comes in.

Where Should I Stay?

Planning a trip to Lake George during one of the four Winter Carnival weekends? There are plenty of places where you can stay overnight this time of year. From family-friendly hotels to cozy cabins, book your room and prepare for carnival fun!

Find Lake George lodging options that are open in winter »

The 2019 Lake George Winter Carnival Schedule:

Please Note: The 2019 carnival schedule has not been announced yet. We will update this page as information is released. Below, you can still view last year's details for an idea of what to expect in 2019!

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All Weekends:

Please Note: These events will be held on both Saturday and Sunday during each weekend of the carnival.

  • 11:00AM - Human Foosball Tournament - For info and to sign up, call Kevin at The Garrison Bar and Lounge at 518-685-3013
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Children's Activities - King Neptune's
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Face Painting - King Neptune's
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Pony Rides - Shepard Park
  • 2:00PM - LG Dog's Got Talent Contest
  • 3:00PM - Polar Plunge - Shepard Park Beach (Location for Registration and the Plunge)
  • Helicopter Rides over Lake George - For info call Bruce at 518-361-1380
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides - Canada Street - Call 518-321-5539

Weekend 1: Saturday, February 3rd & Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Opening Weekend!

  • Sat 12:00PM - Opening Ceremonies - MacDonald Pier in Shepard Park
  • Sat 12:30PM - LGWC Outhouse Races - Registration at Duffy's Tavern at 10:00AM
  • Sat 12:30PM till gone - Chili Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 3:00PM - Cooking Demo w/Chef Mike Burdick - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 4:00PM - LGWC Parade - Beginning at Fort William Henry
  • Sat 4:45PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park
  • Sat 4:45PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun 11:00AM-12:00PM - ADK Youth Hockey Scrimmages
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day
  • Sun 2:00PM - Super Bowl Sunday Warm Up Keg Toss - Shepard Park Beach

Weekend 2: Saturday, February 10th & Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Rev It Up Weekend!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Scavenger Hunt - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Duffy's Tavern
  • Sat 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Sno-Cross Races - Warren County Fairgrounds
  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 11:00AM - 12:00PM - Zumba with Lisa Camp at King Neptune's
  • Sat 12:00PM till gone - BBQ Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:30PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $10)
  • Sat 4:00PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over the Lake
  • Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Sno-Cross Races - Warren County Fairgrounds
  • Sun 3:00PM - Cooking Demo w/Chef Mike Burdick - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sun 3:00PM-4:00PM - Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

Weekend 3: Saturday, February 17th & Sunday, February 18th, 2018

President's Weekend!

Please Note: The NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycles & ATV Ice Races scheduled for this weekend have been canceled due to slushy conditions on the ice. As of 2/16/2018, the 4x4 races are still on the schedule. For more info, please contact the event organizers at http://www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com/contact/.

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Scavenger Hunt - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Duffy's Tavern
  • Sat 11:00AM -12:00PM - Zumba with Lisa Camp at King Neptune's
  • Sat 12:00PM till gone - Chowder Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM - 4x4 Races on the Ice
  • Sat 3:00PM till gone - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $10)
  • Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demonstration - Near Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun 11:00AM-12:00PM - AYHA Youth Hockey Scrimmages
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM - 4x4 Races on the Ice
  • Sun 1:00PM - AFLAC Duck Race - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $10 per duck)
  • Sun 3:00PM-4:00PM - Cooking Demo w/Chef Mike Burdick - Shepard Park Amphitheater

Weekend 4: Saturday, February 24th & Sunday, February 25th, 2018

The Grand Finale!

  • Sat 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Snowmobile Ice Drag Races - Held on Lake George off from Shepard Park
  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 12:00PM-1:00PM - Zumba with Lisa Camp at King Neptune's
  • Sat 12:00PM till gone - Chicken Wing Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demonstration - Near Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:00PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $10)
  • Sat 4:00PM till gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 11:30AM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:30PM - "Glacier Golf Tournament" - Sign up in Shepard Park
  • Sun 1:00PM - AFLAC Duck Race - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $10 per duck)
  • Sun 3:30PM - LGWC Winner's Choice Raffle - Shepard Park Beach

Remember, all events are weather and ice permitting, and LGWC will not be held responsible for any canceled events or races.

Coming in from out of town? See which lodging venues are open in winter »

Watch our Winter Carnival video below!

 

Video Transcript

The village of Lake George offers a month long celebration of winter during the Lake George Winter Carnival, an annual family friendly event. The Winter Carnival is held each weekend throughout February. The same lake enjoyed for its many summer activities and views becomes the playground for a whole new season.

With the lake safely frozen over, people flock to the Winter Carnival to participate and watch a number of activities held on the ice and around the lake. The crisp winter air provides a lively sensation adding to the excitement. Snowmobiles and ATVs become the norm for traversing the lake. Many traditional activities are held both days every weekend, but each weekend includes new events and thrills. Many of the village restaurants and pubs are open providing a great view as well as a place to warm up.

The Lake George Winter Carnival, another part of your lakegeorge.com experience.

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