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Plan Ahead for This Ultimate Lake George Winter Getaway

See Why You'll Want to Secure Reservations Ahead of Time This Year!

This upcoming winter of 2021 to 2022 in Lake George will contain more attractions, events, and activities going on than ever before. Lodging and activities are booking up now, and those that haven’t gone on sale yet, expect to sell out quickly when they do.

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It’s imperative to plan ahead if you want to experience all Lake George has to offer this winter. Below, we break down the various events and activities you’ll want to plan for, along with a few lodging suggestions that, yes - you’ll want to book as soon as possible before they’re filled up!

First Up: Lite Up the Village & Holiday Festival of Lights

lit up trees

Lake George Village will host its annual Lite Up the Village on November 27, 2021. Shepard Park will be illuminated with thousands of lights to celebrate the season, families can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, and there will be refreshments. But, that’s not all!7

Last year, Events To a T put on a festive and fabulous walk-through attraction in Charles R. Wood Park called Holiday Festival of Lights. This year, it will be set up in Shepard Park from November 27 through December 31 to accommodate yet another winter attraction going in the Festival Commons in Charles R. Wood Park (more on that soon!).

trio of Holiday Festival of Lights decor

So, Lite Up the Village is joining forces with Holiday Festival of Lights on November 27. Lite Up the Village is a one-day event, whereas the Holiday Festival of Lights will continue nightly, for free, through December 31. Additionally, Holiday Festival of Lights includes three one-off events: Royal Snow Sisters Princess Show on December 4, Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy Show on December 10, and a Holiday Artisan Vendor Market December 18 and 19.

Shepard Park will not be the only area of the Village decked out for the holidays. Guests can expect holiday lights, displays, and decorations in the park, along Canada Street, and along Beach Road.

Next: Choose Your Activities & Book Ahead With Winterfest

horse drawn wagon

Lake George is bringing back Winterfest for the second year in a row, to start in mid-December and run through March. This is a simple, ultra-affordable package that gives you an incredible winter experience in Lake George.

The $30 wristband includes horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate stations, and a special winter activity like a sleigh ride through the woods, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowmobile tours with C+C Snowmobile Tours, or dog sled rides. Your wristband also gets you discounts at area hotels and restaurants.

two cross-country skiers

The $30 wristband more than pays for itself, and activities did sell out for the 2021 to 2022 Winterfest season. Make sure to check out all your activity options and buy your wristband ahead of time!

New for 2022: Ice Castles

boy in ice attraction

The crown jewel of the Lake George winter experience this year might be Ice Castles, coming to Charles R. Wood Park in January of 2022, and staying through mid-March, weather permitting. Ice Castles is an incredible, frozen attraction made up of thousands of icicles and spanning about 1 acre. 

toddler girl in ice attraction

Guests will be able to slide on ice slides, sit in an ice throne, crawl through ice tunnels, and much more. And did we mention the entire attraction is lit up by LED lights embedded inside the ice?

Ice Castles is expected to bring more winter crowds to Lake George than ever before. Tickets are not on sale yet, but expect to sell out when they do, so keep an eye out for announcements!

The Lake George Winter Carnival: 60 Years of Snowtastic Fun

winter carnival scene on frozen lake

The Lake George Winter Carnival will return with a vengeance each weekend in February 2022 for the epic 60th anniversary. The exact schedule is still to be released, but based on prior years we can look forward to wood carving demonstrations, kids activities, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a chili cook-off, outhouse races, youth hockey, sanctioned car races on the ice, a snowman contest, ice diving demonstrations, and s’mores and hot chocolate on the beach. 

Pick Your Home Base for Winter Fun

Inn at Erlowest: Our Top Pick for a Stylish Stay & Stunning Views

trio of images from Inn at Erlowest

You can’t go wrong with the Inn at Erlowest, located in Lake George just north of the Village. Treat yourself to luxury lodging and dining, including igloo dining, which starts on November 5. This is farm-to-table meals complete with an extensive wine list and impeccable service, all underneath a winter sky (but you’ll be toasty warm in the heated igloo!).

Other perks to Inn at Erlowest include stunning lakeviews year-round on their fireplace patio; elegant, old-world style suites, some of which offer fireplaces, balconies, or Jacuzzis; and the entire mansion is adorned with wood floors and comfortable seating areas.

Inn at Erlowest often provides enticing packages for special getaways, especially if you’re looking for a romantic mini vacation!

Additional Options for Winter Lodging

Other year-round lodging options in the area include Lodges at Cresthaven, Trout House Village Resort, or the Quarters at Lake George. Each offers their own cozy amenities to enjoy, including fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and/or on-site winter trails or activities.

ducks on lake in winter

The key takeaway to enjoying this incredible winter season in Lake George is to book ahead, make reservations, and secure lodging. In other words, nail down those plans as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on this magical season!

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