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Plan Ahead for This Ultimate Lake George Winter Getaway

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

The winter season books up fast in Lake George! It’s imperative to plan ahead if you want to experience all Lake George has to offer during this season. 

winter scene on Lake George

Below, we break down the various events and activities you’ll want to plan for, along with a few lodging suggestions.

First Up: Lite Up the Village 

lit up trees

Lake George Village host Lite Up the Village on November 25, 2023. 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. Best of all, the lights stay up throughout the season.

Next: Choose Your Activities & Book Ahead With Winterfest

horse drawn wagon

Lake George visitors and residents have enjoyed Winterfest for the past three years. This is a simple, ultra-affordable package that gives you an incredible winter experience in Lake George. Stay tuned for 2024 details as it becomes available!

two cross-country skiers

Winterfest wristbands typically come in two options, $20 that gets you access to horse-drawn carriage rides, free hot chocolate, and discounts at participating hotels and restaurants; and, a $30 option that includes all of the above plus a winter activity of your choice to enjoy in the Lake George region: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, dog sledding, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or axe throwing.

The International Sensation Ice Castles

boy in ice attraction

Ice Castles brought an incredible, frozen attraction made up of thousands of icicles and spanning about one acre to Lake George the past two years. Stay tuned for 2023/2024 info as it becomes available!

toddler girl in ice attraction

Guests are 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? New this year, there will also be an ice bar!

Tickets do sell out to Ice Castles so do purchase as soon as possible. Tickets may be available, possibly at a higher fee, on site during the days the attraction is open.

The Lake George Winter Carnival: 62 Years of Snowtastic Fun

winter carnival scene on frozen lake

The Lake George Winter Carnival will be in its 62nd year in 2024! The schedule is still to be announced, but this epic event runs every weekend in February.

Festivities typically include 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 typically starts in early November. 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 Fort William HenryLodges 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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