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Attend the 2019 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 (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.

man doing chainsaw carvings at carnival

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:

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All Weekends:

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

  • (All Day) - Bonfire on the Beach at Shepard Park
  • 12:00PM - Cornhole Games hosted by The Garrison (Call 518-685-3013)
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Children's Activities - King Neptune's, Shepard Park, and Courtyard Marriott
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Face Painting - King Neptune's and Courtyard Marriott
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Pony Rides in 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 (Located on the ice or Fort William Henry) - For info call Bruce at 518-361-1380
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage/Sleigh Rides - Canada Street (Call 518-321-5539)

Weekend 1: Saturday, February 2nd & Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Opening Weekend!

  • Sat 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Snowmobile Ice Drag Races - Near Million Dollar Beach
  • Sat 12:00PM - Opening Ceremonies - MacDonald Pier in Shepard Park
  • Sat 12:00PM-1:00PM - Zumba with Lisa Camp at King Neptune's
  • 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 (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 3:00PM - Cooking Demo - 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 Beach
  • Sat 4:45PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - Over Lake George
  • Sun 11:00AM-2:00PM - Youth Hockey
  • Sun 12:00PM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day
  • Sun 2:00PM - Super Bowl Sunday Warm Up Keg Toss - Shepard Park Beach

Weekend 2: Saturday, February 9th & Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Rev It Up Weekend!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Poker Run - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Back Street Bar
  • 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 12:00PM - 1:00PM - 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 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demo - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:30PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $12)
  • 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-2:00PM - Youth Hockey
  • Sun 12:00PM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM - ECS Sanctioned Sno-Cross Races - Warren County Fairgrounds
  • Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 3:00PM - Cooking Demo - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sun 3:00PM-4:00PM - Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

Weekend 3: Saturday, February 16th & Sunday, February 17th, 2019

President's Weekend!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Poker Run - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Back Street Bar
  • Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM - 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-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demonstration - Near Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 12:00PM- AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Races
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:30PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $12)
  • 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-2:00PM - Youth Hockey
  • Sun 12:00PM - AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Races
  • Sun 12:00PM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demo - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sun 12:00PM-3:00PM - AFLAC Duck Race Fundraiser - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $10 per duck, race will be February 24th)
  • Sun 3:00PM - Cooking Demo - Shepard Park Amphitheater

Weekend 4: Saturday, February 23rd & Sunday, February 24th, 2019

The Grand Finale!

  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM - 4x4 Races
  • 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-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demo - Near Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 12:30PM-2:00PM - Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:00PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $12)
  • 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-2:00PM - Youth Hockey
  • Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 12:00PM-4:00PM - 4x4 Races
  • Sun 12:00PM till gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:30PM - "Glacier Golf Tournament" - Sign up at Shepard Park Souvenir Tent
  • 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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