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

Weekends in February are Winter Carnival Time!

Note: We're looking forward to the Winter Carnival, although it might look a bit different this year. We're awaiting word on guidelines for the 2021 Winter Carnival and will update this page as information becomes available.

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 02/01/20 to 02/23/20), 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 carnivalWood carving demos are just one of many exciting activities that take place at the 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 »

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 »

The 2020 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 - Wood Carving Demos by "Woodchuck" the Carver
  • 12:00PM-3:00PM - Children's Activities - King Neptune's, Shepard Park, 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 1st & Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

Opening Weekend!

  • Sat 12:00PM - Opening Ceremonies - MacDonald Pier in Shepard Park
  • Sat 12:30PM until gone - Chili Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 1:00PM - Outhouse Races - Registration at The Lagoon at 9:30AM
  • Sat 1:45PM-3:45PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed LGWC Tee-Shirts - Souvenir Tent Shepard Park ($15 each or 2/$25)
  • Sat 4:00PM - LGWC Parade - Begins at Fort William Henry, travels north on Canada Street, ends at Amherst Street
  • Sat 4:45PM until gone - S'mores at the Beach
  • Sat 4:45PM-6:00PM - Hot Chocolate Bar at the Beach (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - over the lake
  • Sun 11:00AM-2:00PM - Youth Hockey - off Shepard Park Beach
  • Sun 12:00PM until gone - MYO "Sundae" Fun Day
  • Sun 12:30PM-2:00PM - Karaoke/Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sun 2:00PM - Super Bowl Sunday Warm Up-Keg Toss - sign up at Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45PM

Weekend 2: Saturday, February 8th & Sunday, February 9th, 2020

A.B.C. Weekend! ATVs, BBQs & Cars - Oh My!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Poker Run - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Back Street Bar
  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 12:00PM until gone - BBQ Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demo - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:30PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed Tee-Shirts - Souvenir Tent Shepard Park Beach ($15 each or 2/$25)
  • Sat 4:00PM until 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 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sun 12:00PM until gone - MYO Sundae Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:30PM-2:00PM - Karaoke/Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sun 2:00PM - Sunday Warm Up-Keg Toss - sign up at Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45PM
  • Sun 3:00PM-4:00PM - Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

helicopter and people on iceYou can take a helicopter ride over the lake! Photo credit: Charles Henry Eldridge.

Weekend 3: Saturday, February 15th & Sunday, February 16th, 2020

President's Weekend!

  • Sat 9:00AM - ATV Poker Run - Registration from 9:00AM-11:00AM at Back Street Bar
  • Sat 12:00PM until 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 - NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Races
  • Sat 1:30PM-3:30PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed Tee-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach ($15 each or 2/$25)
  • Sat 4:00PM until 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 - NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycle & ATV Races
  • Sun 12:00PM until gone - MYO "Sundae" Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:30PM-2:00PM - Karaoke/Open Mic - Shepard Park Amphitheater
  • Sun 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demo - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sun 12:30PM - "Glacier" Golf Tournament - sign up at Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45PM

Weekend 4: Saturday, February 22nd & Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

R&R Weekend! Races and Raffle!

Note: The Adirondack Pond Hockey Tournament has been rescheduled from its original date of 02/01 - 02/02 to 02/22 - 02/23 due to lack of ice and cold weather.

  • Sat 9:00AM-4:00PM - Adirondack Pond Hockey - Lake George Basin Harbor
  • Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM - Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice
  • Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM - 4x4 Races
  • Sat 12:00PM until gone - Chicken Wing Cook-Off - Shepard Park Amphitheater (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM - Ice Diving Demo - Near Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 1:45PM-3:45PM - MYO Snow Tie-Dyed LGWC Tee-Shirts - Shepard Park Beach ($15 each or 2/$25)
  • Sat 4:00PM until gone - S'mores at the Beach - Shepard Park Beach
  • Sat 4:00PM until gone - Hot Chocolate Bar - Shepard Park Beach (Cost is $5)
  • Sat 6:00PM - Fireworks by SANTORE - over the lake
  • Sun 9:00AM-3:00PM - Adirondack Pond Hockey - Lake George Basin Harbor
  • 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 until gone - MYO "Sundae" Fun Day - Shepard Park
  • Sun 12:30PM-2:00PM - Karaoke/Open Mic - Shepard Park Ampitheater
  • Sun 2:00PM - Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss - sign up at Souvenir Tent at Shepard Park Beach by 1:45PM
  • 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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