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Attend the Lake George Winter Carnival for Cookoffs, Contests, Car Races & More

Weekends in February are Winter Carnival Time!

Lake George Village offers a month-long celebration of winter during this annual family-friendly festival. The Lake George Winter Carnival takes place each weekend throughout February. 

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.

Stay tuned for the 2023 schedule!

Jump to 2022 Schedule: All Weekends | Weekend 1: Feb 5 & 6 | Weekend 2: Feb 12 & 13 | Weekend 3: Feb 19 & 20 | Weekend 4: Feb 26 & 27

man doing chainsaw carvings at carnival

What's New for 2022?

New this year, pre-sale tickets will be available online for the following:

  • Chili Cook Off on February 5
  • BBQ Cook Off on February 12
  • Soup & Chowder Cook Off on February 19
  • Mac & Cheese Cook Off on February 26
  • Souvenir Mug & Hot Chocolate Bar on February 5, 12, 19, and 26

Buy your pre-sale tickets here: https://lgwintercarnival.ticketleap.com/

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 »

What Else Should I Know Before I Go?

Follow the link below for our tips on how to make the most of your time and stay warm at the carnival!

Check out insider tips to the Lake George Winter Carnival »

winter carnival scene, bear statue

The 2022 Lake George Winter Carnival Schedule

All Weekends: Both Days

All Day

Bonfire on the Beach

12pm: Cornhole Games

Grab some friends and head out for a game or two of cornhole! Hosted by Blue Thirty-Two (518.685.3539.)

12pm: Wood Carving Demos by Woodchuck the Carver

Come and be amazed at these artistic creations made from local trees from the Adirondacks and Shepard Park.

12pm to 3pm: Children's Activities

A variety of arts and crafts and games to occupy the kiddos! At Shepard Park, and additional locations to be announced.

12pm to 3pm: Pony Rides

Located in Shepard Park. There is a fee.

12pm to 4pm: Dog Sled Rides (Last Weekend Only)

On ice off Shepard Park. There is a fee.  

2pm: LG Dog's Got Talent Contest

Something for all the furry friends! Enter your dog in this LGWC crowd favorite. Prizes for those that get the most APAWS. Hosted by the Dog Cabin.

3pm: Polar Plunge

The LGWC is challenging you to plunge into the frigid waters of Lake George! Think you can handle it? If so, make sure to register, and don't forget your camera and towel. Plunge and registration held at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

Helicopter Rides

What's better than the view from a helicopter over Lake George? There is a fee. For info call Bruce at 518.361.1380. Located on the ice off Shepard Park.

Horse-Drawn Carriage/Sleigh Rides With Time to Remember

On Canada Street. There is a fee. Call Tina for info  at 518.321.5539.

fireworks over lake in winter

Weekend 1: February 5 & 6, 2022

Saturday, February 5

12pm: Opening Ceremonies

Join the LGWC to commence their 60th year! There will be a blessing and speech by local signatories. Held on the MacDonald Pier in Shepard Park.

12:30pm Until Gone: Chili Cook-off

The first Chili Cookoff for the season and a fan favorite! Come try chili from various Lake George restaurants, then vote for your favorite. Held at the Shepard Park Amphitheater, there will be a fee.

1pm: Outhouse Races

One of their continued, must-see events! Held on the ice off of Shepard Park. $2,000 in prizes. Registration is at 9:30am at The Lagoon, 518.685.5009 (make sure to get and follow the specs)

2pm to 4pm: MYO Snow Tie-Dyed LGWC Tee-Shirts

A family favorite, and such a unique experience using tie-dye and Lake George snow. There is a fee. While supplies and snow last! At the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

4pm: LGWC Annual Parade

The annual parade that helps kick off the February weekend celebrations! Begins at Fort William Henry, travels north on Canada Street, and ends at Amherst Street.

5:30pm Until Gone: S'mores in the Park

Come and enjoy ewy gooey s'mores while keeping warm by the fire! All are welcome. Free at the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

7pm: Fireworks by Santore

An amazing and beautiful event - there is nothing more spectacular than watching fireworks over the ice of the Queen of Lakes.

Sunday, February 6

12pm Until Gone: Sundae Funday & Karaoke/Open Mic

There is nothing better than ice creme with all your favorite toppings on a Sunday afternoon and best of all, it's free. Thank you Stewart's Shops! While there, grab the mic and sing your heart out. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

2pm: Super Bowl Sunday Warm Up-Keg Toss

Come and test your strength! Do you have what it takes to be crowned this weekend's winner? $50 gift certificate to the winner! All ages welcome. Sponsored by The Lagoon. Sign-ups at the Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45pm.

sanctioned car races on ice

Weekend 2: February 12 & 13, 2022

Saturday, February 12

9am: ATV Poker Run

ATVs must be registered and insured, bring your driver's license. Sponsored by LGWC. Registration 9am to 11:30am, for info call 518.240.0809.

12:30pm Until Gone: BBQ Cook Off

Come try what barbecue creations Lake George restaurants have come up with and vote for your favorite! At the Shepard Park Amphitheater. There is a fee.

12pm to 3pm: Ice Diving Demonstration

This event is "ice dependent." Check the LGWC Facebook page for changes or cancelllations. Located off Shepard Park Beach, presented by Kraken Scuba & Waterhorse Adventures.

2pm to 4pm: MYO Snow Tie-Dyed LGWC Tee-Shirts

A family favorite, and such a unique experience using tie-dye and Lake George snow. There is a fee. While supplies and snow last! At the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

5:30pm Until Gone: S'mores in the Park

Come and enjoy ewy gooey s'mores while keeping warm by the fire! All are welcome. Free at the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

7:00pm: Fireworks by Santore

An amazing and beautiful event - there is nothing more spectacular than watching fireworks over the ice of the Queen of Lakes.

Sunday, February 13

11am to 4pm: Sanctioned Car Races on the Lake (CANCELLED)

Please note, the sanctioned car races have been cancelled due to unsafe ice.

Come to watch the cars on the ice and see who gets the checkered flag! Hosted by Lake George Lanes & Games. Info at www.icerace.com, Dave Burnham at 518.875.6956, racing48@nycap.rr.com.

12pm Until Gone: Sundae Funday & Karaoke/Open Mic

There is nothing better than ice creme with all your favorite toppings on a Sunday afternoon and best of all, it's free. Thank you Stewart's Shops! While there, grab the mic and sing your heart out. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

2pm: Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss

Come and test your strength! Do you have what it takes to be crowned this weekend's winner? $50 gift certificate to the winner! All ages welcome. Sponsored by The Lagoon. Sign-ups at the Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45pm.

helicopter and people on ice

Weekend 3: February 19 & 20, 2022

Saturday, February 19

9am: ATV Poker Run

ATVs must be registered and insured, bring your driver's license. Sponsored by LGWC. Registration 9am to 11:30am, for info call 518.240.0809.

12pm: NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Races

This is your chance to see races on the cold, hard ice of Lake George! Hosted by Fort William Henry. Call Tom Kuhn for info at 518.495.7908, or www.electriccityriders.com.

12:30pm Until Gone: Chowder Cook Off

Enjoy amazing creations from Lake George restaurants! Sample and vote for your favorite. There is a fee. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

2pm to 4pm: MYO Snow Tie-Dyed LGWC Tee-Shirts

A family favorite, and such a unique experience using tie-dye and Lake George snow. There is a fee. While supplies and snow last! At the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

5:30pm Until Gone: S'mores in the Park

Come and enjoy ewy gooey s'mores while keeping warm by the fire! All are welcome. Free at the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

5:30pm Until Gone: Hot Chocolate Bar

Not only do you get an LGWC souvenir mug, but you also get to put all your favorite toppings on your hot chocolate! There is a fee. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

7:00pm: Fireworks by Santore

An amazing and beautiful event - there is nothing more spectacular than watching fireworks over the ice of the Queen of Lakes.

Sunday, February 20

12pm Until Gone: Sundae Funday & Karaoke/Open Mic

There is nothing better than ice creme with all your favorite toppings on a Sunday afternoon and best of all, it's free. Thank you Stewart's Shops! While there, grab the mic and sing your heart out. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

12pm: NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Races

This your chance to see races on the cold, hard ice of Lake George! Hosted by Fort William Henry. Contact Tom Kuhn for info at 518.495.7908, or www.electriccityriders.com.

12:30pm Glacier Golf Tournament

Bring your clubs and enjoy a 6-hole course set up on the ice in front of LGWC headquarters in Shepard Park. Teams of 2 or 4 compete for great prizes. Sign up at the Souvenir tent. Info: 518.240.0809.

2pm: LGWC Woman's Skillet Toss

Come join the fun with the second annual woman's skillet toss event. Who needs a keg when you have an iron skillet? All ages welcome! Sponsored by Vera Bradley Outlet Lake George. Sign up at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park by 1:45pm.

2pm: Sunday Warm Up-Keg Toss

Come and test your strength! Do you have what it takes to be crowned this weekend's winner? $50 gift certificate to the winner! All ages welcome. Sponsored by The Lagoon. Sign-ups at the Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45pm.

3pm to 4pm:  Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? Contest

A great event for the entire family - let your creativity roll! Compete with others to build the coolest snowman. You're given a "snowman kit" and 30 minutes to build. Judging will take place and the winners will claim their prizes. There is a fee. Limited entries available. Sign up at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

ice diving demonstration
Photo credit: Charles Henry Eldridge

Weekend 4: February 26 & 27, 2022

Saturday, February 26

11am to 4pm: Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice

Watch as Lake George is turned into a race track for cars! Hosted by Lake George Lanes and Games. Info at www.icerace.com, or Dave Burnham at 518.875.6956, racing48@nycap.rr.com.

12pm to 4pm: 4x4 Races

Z-1 Racing brings full-sized 4x4s out on the ice for drags you will not want to miss! Hosted by Blue Thirty-Two.

12:30pm Until Gone: Mac-N-Cheese Cook Off

This the LGWC's first time doing a mac and cheese cook off! Can't wait to see who's voted the cheesiest in Lake George. There is a fee. At Shepard Park Amphitheater.

12pm to 3pm: Ice Diving Demonstration

This event is "ice dependent." Check the LGWC Facebook page for changes or cancelllations. Located off Shepard Park Beach, presented by Kraken Scuba & Waterhorse Adventures.

2pm to 4pm: MYO Snow Tie-Dyed LGWC Tee-Shirts

A family favorite, and such a unique experience using tie-dye and Lake George snow. There is a fee. While supplies and snow last! At the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

5:30pm Until Gone: S'mores in the Park

Come and enjoy ewy gooey s'mores while keeping warm by the fire! All are welcome. Free at the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

5:30pm Until Gone: Hot Chocolate Bar

Not only do you get an LGWC souvenir mug, but you also get to put all your favorite toppings on your hot chocolate! There is a fee. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

7:00pm: Fireworks by Santore

An amazing and beautiful event - there is nothing more spectacular than watching fireworks over the ice of the Queen of Lakes.

Sunday, February 27

11am to 4pm: Sanctioned Car Races on the Lake

Come to watch the cars on the ice and see who gets the checkered flag! Hosted by Lake George Lanes & Games. Info at www.icerace.com, Dave Burnham at 518.875.6956, racing48@nycap.rr.com.

12pm to 4pm: 4x4 Races

Z-1 Racing brings full-sized 4x4s out on the ice for drags you will not want to miss! Hosted by Blue Thirty-Two.

12pm Until Gone: Sundae Funday & Karaoke/Open Mic

There is nothing better than ice creme with all your favorite toppings on a Sunday afternoon and best of all, it's free. Thank you Stewart's Shops! While there, grab the mic and sing your heart out. At the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

2pm: Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss

Come and test your strength! Do you have what it takes to be crowned this weekend's winner? $50 gift certificate to the winner! All ages welcome. Sponsored by The Lagoon. Sign-ups at the Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45pm.

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

Please adhere to all current COVID-19 guidelines while visiting the LGWC.

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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