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Plan a Winter Vacation to Lake George Village for These Top Events & Fun Activities

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During winter, Lake George Village is a special place to visit in New York's North Country. You can see the beautiful snow-covered trees, attend one of the region's top events, and even go on an outdoor adventure. From ice bars to the Winter Carnival, festivals, and fun indoor activities, there are so many things to do throughout the season.

Play to Your Heart’s Content at the Rec Center

close up of red snowshoesDid you know? You burn more calories per hour snowshoeing than running.

The Lake George Recreation Center is the ideal playground for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing. Access is free, and you can bring the kids to the designated snow tubing area (adult supervision recommended), or strap on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit the trails.

The Lake George Recreation Center has four miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that range in difficulty from novice to advanced. Snowshoers are welcome to travel along the sides of these trails.

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Ready to Ride? Gear Up for an Epic Snowmobiling Adventure

snowmobilerConnect with a local snowmobile club or a company that offers tours and get ready to ride.

When you feel the need for speed in winter, there’s no better solution than a snowmobiling adventure through a snowy wonderland. The Adirondack Park is full of communities with snowmobile trails to explore, and Lake George is no exception. Lake George Village and the surrounding area are a key part of the trail network managed by the South Warren Snowmobile Club.

From preparing proper signage to trail grooming, the local non-profit club works hard each winter to make their trails accessible and safe. Many are accessible from Route 9N, which travels from the Town of Lake Luzerne to Lake George. The Lake George trails extend from Beach Road to U.S. Route 9 and beyond. Get ready to map your route, rev up your engine, and hit the trails!

Drop Your Fishing Line Through a Frozen Lake George

an ice fisherman on the lakeActivities on the lake don't just stop because it's frozen! Photo credit: Luke Dow Photography.

When the surface freezes over with a thick layer of ice, Lake George attracts ice fishermen from all around the region. After you pick out a spot to dig a hole in the ice, you can fish for landlocked salmon, yellow perch, and lake trout.

Although you can fish anywhere the ice is safe to be on, Lake George Village is a good starting point due to the convenient parking options around the southern basin. You can park along the streets, use the parking lot on Beach Road, or there is a parking lot by the Million Dollar Beach boat launch; this is a 26-spot parking lot that is free and open to the public during the winter.

Need help getting started? Check out ice fishing guides »

Beat the Winter Blues With a Wine Tasting Session

bottles of wine lined up in the snowAdirondack Winery has a wine for every palate!

If you’re looking to escape the cold and have a little fun indoors this winter, then you’ll want to visit Adirondack Winery’s Lake George Tasting Room, located right across the street from Shepard Park in the heart of the Village. Stop in this winter to warm up and enjoy a wine tasting session with their award-winning wines. They often offer a deal during the Winter Carnival.

See their wine list »

Have a Drink at the "Coolest" Winter Events - Ice Bars

ice beer pongThe ice bar at the Lake George Beach Club is typically open every weekend of the Lake George Winter Carnival! Please note, photo taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note, most ice bars have not been announced for 2021, and the Winter Carnival has been cancelled. Click through to the Ice Bars page for the latest.

While the month-long Carnival may be the biggest highlight of winter in Lake George Village, the community has recently grown into a hotspot for ice bars. As you may have guessed, ice bars are full-size bars crafted from ice and open for a limited time. From ice furniture and chairs to props and sculptures, ice bars are some of the "coolest" events you can attend. While all of them offer unique drink specials, some may have food or games too, as shown above.

Experience Winter Carnival Season in Lake George

cars on the iceSanctioned car races on the ice are one of the most popular events at the carnival! Photo credit: Charles Henry Eldridge.

Please note, the 2021 Winter Carnival has been cancelled.

Since 1961, the annual Lake George Winter Carnival has attracted thousands of visitors to Lake George Village for four fun and activity-filled weekends in February. This grand winter celebration is typically held on the lake when the ice is frozen enough, or on land when it's not safe yet.

So what can you expect at the Lake George Winter Carnival? The schedule of events changes year to year, but there are always a wide range of family-friendly events and entertainment. You can watch competitors face off in wacky outhouse races, taste amazing food at the cook-offs, make your own s’mores on the beach, and more. No matter which weekend you attend, you’re sure to have a memorable time with family and friends.

Browse year-round businesses open during the carnival »

Chill Out & Celebrate Winter at Fun and Funky Festivals

bonfire at Barrel FestEnjoy brews and a bonfire at Adirondack Barrel Fest! Please note, photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note: The 2021 festival information has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

Adirondack Pub & Brewery hosts two popular festivals each year - one in January and one in early March. The brewery will host their annual Funky Ice Fest on January 24-25 and January 31 - February 1, 2020. You can look forward to multiple ice bars, live music, food, games, and much more during these two festive weekends.

Near the end of winter, don't miss out on their 9th Annual Adirondack Barrel Fest on March 7, 2020. Beer lovers from all around attend this event to sample rare barrel-aged selections around a blazing bonfire.

Discover more fun events at the events calendar »

Go out to eat after you day's adventures at one of these year-round restaurants »

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