This time of year can be pretty hectic – shopping, travel, baking, wrapping presents, decorating, holiday parties. Luckily, there’s one part of the season that is decidedly relaxing – attending the ballet.
There is something soothing about sitting in a dark theater, surrounded by the music of Tchaikovsky, watching a wordless story told through the grace and beauty of dance. It’s an opportunity to recharge, sit still and allow yourself to be carried away by the magic of the Holiday season.
Here is your opportunity to share that magic with someone special or maybe take some time just for yourself.
There are few musical scores more recognizable than Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet. It’s music that has become synonymous with the Christmas Holiday. The story of Clara’s adventures in Candy Lane date back to 1816 when E.T.A. Hoffman published a German story titled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. 75 years later, in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet was performed for audiences. It received mixed reviews at the time but has gone on to become the most popular ballet in history, performed countless times each year all over the world, especially during the Holidays. Here’s your chance to share in the tradition!
If you’ve never seen ballet during the Holidays before – go, you won’t regret it.
If it’s been a while – go, you may not realize how much you’ve missed it.
If you go every year – go and share the magic with someone special!
Gore Mountain is open! After a couple of inches last night, Gore has a solid base and six trails open. Foxlair and Ruby Run can be accessed by the Northwoods Gondola, leading to Sunway, Quicksilver, 3B and Jamboree. Foxlair->Sunway->Quicksilver sounds tempting this morning! Snow is being made on mid and lower mountain trails as well.
West Mountain benefited from last night’s snowfall as well. Their opening day was delayed by the recent warm weather, but they’re now set to open on Friday, December 16th. Don’t miss out on their opening day party. West will be offering lift tickets for $16, live music, food & drink specials, a bonfire, and fireworks.
Ready to Nordic Ski or Snowshoe?
The North Creek Ski Bowl is open daily and welcomes Nordic skiers and snowshoers. They have up to 5″ of base, and two of their easier trails are open. Their hours are 12:00pm-8:00pm during the week, and 8:30am-9:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Another option is Gurney Lane Recreation Area. Conveniently located in Queensbury, Gurney Lane offers five dedicated snowshoeing and cross country trails ranging from 0.3 miles to 1.2 miles, all of varying difficulty.
Prefer to Stay Inside?
There’s plenty to do in the Lake George Area if you’d prefer to stay inside. Be sure to bookmark this handy list of holiday events beginning on Friday, December 9th.
December 9th-11th and 17th-18th – The Nutcracker, presented by The Dance Center of Queensbury the first weekend and Reality Dance Studio the second, is a must-see ballet presented at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. This holiday tradition is a magical tale including dancing snowflakes, and dolls that come to life. Don’t miss this holiday event!
December 18th – An annual musical tradition! The Lake George Community Band, a 70-piece concert band, will be playing holiday favorites that the entire family will love. The concert is being held from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Lake George Junior Senior High School.
December 23rd – Join the Wood Theater for a family Christmas party featuring food, live entertainment. We hear that even Santa will be there! Then stay for a showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol, a classic retelling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas masterpiece. The party begins at 12:30pm and the movie begins at 2:00pm.
December 27th-29th – Get the kids out on the slopes with Gore Mountain’s Christmas Holiday Camp. Kids will spend two or three days skiing or riding with the same coach, focusing on technique and having fun exploring the mountain. Campers are on the snow from 9:30am to 3:30pm with a one-hour lunch break. Ages 4-12 and all skill levels are welcome. Pre-Reservation is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.
December 31st – January 1st – Kick off the New Year with a cruise on Lake George. The Lake George Steamboat Company is offering three distinct cruises on the Lac du Saint Sacrement to celebrate 2017. The New Year’s Eve cruise will take place on Saturday, December 31st, and boards at 5:00pm. The menu includes Prime Rib of Beef, Cod with a Lobster Newburgh Sauce, Chicken Francais, and Mac & Cheese. The fireworks cruise will take place on Saturday, December 31st, and boards at 9:15pm. This cruise features Hors d’Oeuvres & appetizers, and the fireworks go off at midnight! On January 1st, there will be a New Year’s brunch cruise, boarding at 11am. The menu features pastries, Chicken Francais, Mac & Cheese, and more.
January 1st – You’ll need to warm up after this one. Come to Shepherd’s Park in Lake George Village on New Year’s Day to watch dozens of brave swimmers plunge into frigid Lake George for a dip. The fun starts on Friday afternoon at 1:00pm. Registration is on December 31st from 11:00am-5:00pm, as well as the morning of the plunge beginning at 10:30am. For more information, contact Duffy’s Tavern at 518-668-5323.
January 1st – A New Year’s Day tradition on the 115-foot Adirondac! Lake George Shoreline’s Frostbite Cruise celebrates the New Year with food & drink, and live entertainment in an unforgettable setting. The ship will cruise twice for an hour and half, setting off at 12:00pm and 2:30pm. The party will be held at the dock if the lake is iced over. Tickets include admission to the New Year’s Day party at King Neptune’s.
The city of Glens Falls is only a ten-minute drive from Lake George and its bustling downtown with beautiful architecture, restaurant scene, shopping, and rich arts culture has drawn many people to both live here and make it part of their Lake George vacation. In 1944, Glens Falls was deemed Hometown USA by Look Magazine, and after a huge downtown revitalization over the last ten years it still has that hometown feel, no matter where you come from.
Downtown Glens Falls
You don’t need to travel down to New York City to see a show or find fine art, you can do both right in Glens Falls. At the Hyde Collection you’ll find original works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, van Gogh, Degas, and more. For exhibitions, they have featured art from Georgia O’Keefe, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol. Bring the kids to the World Awareness Children’s Museum and let them experience arts and culture from around the world in interactive exhibits. For live concerts and theatrical performances check out the Wood Theater in the heart of downtown Glens Falls.
What is there to do on the weekend? Check out the Glens Falls Civic Center schedule to see if there is a hockey game (Go Thunder!) or concert to go to. On Saturday morning you can head to the Glens Falls Farmers’ Market for fresh produce, baked goods, dairy, and all sorts of regional goodies. Get lost in Crandall Library and see what’s going on in their Folklife Center. Throughout the year they hold free events including live folk concerts, film festivals and cultural programs. Sunny days call for Crandall Park where you’ll find fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground, magical pond, sledding hill, and event space.
Pond at Crandall Park
From chicken and waffles to Thai, Glens Falls is full of delicious restaurants, with tastes from the region, different parts of the country and all around the world. If you’re in the mood for Mexican and a margarita, or two, try out Raul’s and Superior Cantina right in Glens Falls. For tasty Thai, see who has the better curry at Siam Thai and Aryo Dee. You’ll find fine dining at Morgan & Co Restaurant and Bistro Tallulah’s. If you’re in need of a coffee to kickstart your day head to Spektor or Rockhill, both also offer great breakfast and lunch. Want to take your date to dinner and a movie? How about at the same time? At 190 Grille you can do just that and have a nightcap at their beautiful bar after the show. For a taste of everything don’t miss Take-A-Bite in the summer where you’ll find local restaurants set up for tastings all over downtown Glens Falls every Wednesday night.
Set out on foot to hit all the shops in downtown Glens Falls and get lost in boutiques, gift shops and art galleries. Need a special gift for someone? Try Milk & Honey or Lake George Olive Oil Co. For women’s fashion head to Minky Mink and Whisper Boutique and if you need to outfit yourself for your next adventure go straight to Fountain Square Outfitters. You’ll find regionally made art and products for sale as well as classes and demonstrations at both LARAC and the Troy Shirt Factory.
Fountain Square Outfitters
Want to stay right in the heart of the downtown bustling activity? Stay at the historic and recently renovated Queensbury Hotel. Hang out in their grand lobby, get dinner at Park 26 and grab a drink and listen to live music at Fenimore’s Pub and Lounge. If you’re a B&B person, check into The Bell House Inn, stay in one of their luxurious rooms and wake up to a gourmet breakfast cooking every morning.
Don’t miss out on a day trip, night or weekend in Glens Falls on your next Lake George Vacation. We promise the shops, restaurants, architecture and liveliness of Glens Falls will draw you in!
With the holiday season fast approaching, there is no shortage of events to attend in the Lake George Area. Some events offer food & drink, others are gift related, and several are hosting the man of the month, Santa! This is part 1, we’ll post part 2 in a couple of days.
December 3rd – Get into the Christmas Spirit at the Queensbury United Methodist Church’s Holiday Festival, held from 9:00am-3:00pm. There will be 35 vendors, a breakfast and lunch cafe, silent auction, bake sale, and a special visit fromSanta!
December 3rd – Head to the Church of the Holy Cross in Warrensburg from 9:00am-3:00pm for an event full of homemade pies, cakes, crafts, fresh wreaths, and kissing balls. Quiche, soup, bread, dessert, and warm beverages will be offered for lunch.
December 3rd-4th – Join the Church of St. Sacrement in Bolton Landing on Saturday, and the Chestertown United Methodist Church on Sunday for holiday services filled with music. Saturday’s service is at 7:00pm, and Sundays service is at 2:00pm.
December 3rd – A great opportunity for children to get dress up and enjoy the holiday season. The event runs from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Queensbury Hotel. All ticket proceeds benefit the Prospect Center. Part of the North Country Festival of Trees.Visit the Prospect Center’s website for tickets.
December 4th – Head to Roger’s Park in Bolton Landing for their annual Christmas tree lighting event. Festivities go from 2:00pm-4:00pm and include free hotdogs and hot chocolate, caroling, and of course, a hayride withSanta!
December 4th – Run for a great cause this holiday season. This 4-mile run will benefit Cindy’s Comfort Camp and the Adirondack Runners. The Reindeer Run Jr. will begin immediately following the Reindeer Run, and is a 1-mile race for children 12 and under. The race begins at 9:00am!
December 4th – Join the Glens Fall Symphony for a special holiday performance of well known favorites. The Symphony Children’s Chorus will be helping out as well. The concert is at the Glens Falls High School Auditorium beginning at 4:00pm.
People often call us here at the Lake George Area to ask about the winter weather.
“Is it too cold?”
“We’ve heard it’s frigid there. Is it worth the trip?”
“My cousin used to live there, and he said it snowed so much that the snow plows would get stuck. A penguin moved into his garage. Should we still come?”
Now that the temperatures are beginning to drop, we decided to try and dispel some myths about winter in the Lake George Area. The truth is, the weather isn’t that bad!
First, some historic highs and lows. We’ll use temperatures for Warrensburg because the town sits right in the middle of the Lake George Area. The record low temperature in December was -26 degrees in 1968. The record high was 65 degrees in 2001. Average low is 17 degrees, and average high is 35 degrees.
Those averages are temps that can be easily dressed for. Just plan to wear layers! Throw on a jacket, maybe a scarf, make sure to warm the car up, and you’ll survive. You’ll be surprised how quickly some of those layers come off once you start skiing, hiking, walking or snowshoeing.
Snow is what most visitors to the Lake George Area are simultaneously worried about and what they want to see when coming for a winter getaway. Historically, December is not an extremely snowy month. The average is 18.5″, and the record December snowfall was 48.7″ in 1977. Remember that temps tend to rise above freezing during the day so some of that snow may melt, providing a nice tough base layer for that fluffy fresh snow everyone wants for outdoor winter activities.
If you’re planning on coming to the Lake George Area in December, don’t second guess your trip because of the weather. So far, temperatures are looking mild in the beginning of December, with highs in the 30s. On those crisp, cloudless days, the sun does a great job of warming you up. Sometimes 38 degrees and sun shine is the perfect forecast for a walk through any of the Lake George Area’s unique towns. Gore Mountain is officially open, and the temperatures have been low enough to support snowmaking, but warm enough to keep you from freezing. And remember, if it doesn’t get cold eventually, Lake George won’t freeze, the ice bars will all melt, and those snowshoes will be useless. Nobody wants that!
The Holiday shopping season is upon us! It’s Black Friday and for those of you, like me, who want to get out there and brave the crowds to find something special for everyone on your list, the Lake George Area has exactly what you want!
This morning, The Factory Outlets of Lake George were open early, we’re talking 12:00AM early – welcoming customers waiting to take advantage of Black Friday deals on some of the season’s most stylish clothing and gifts. The discounts are huge this weekend with some stores offering up to 70% off merchandise through Sunday.
If you’re still a little too drowsy from your turkey feast to make it out the door today – don’t worry, tomorrow is another day. Small business Saturday is one of my favorites! Local shops all over the region are offering deals and, in some cases, refreshments and entertainment to shoppers looking for that truly unique gift.
A few of the places on the Small Business Saturday list:
Downtown Glens Falls – Park the car and walk a two block radius to a dozen local shops and boutiques offering a huge variety of handcrafted, locally produced and brand name gifts. One stop you don’t want to miss is Scoville Jewelers. The owners are retiring after 60 years in business. Their going out of business sale is a once in a lifetime chance to buy something exquisite for someone special in your life – or maybe splurge on yourself a little!
The Shirt Factory Holiday Open House – Just a five minute drive from downtown Glens Falls is The Shirt Factory, an industrial complex re-purposed into artist studios, shops and galleries. Four sprawling levels of studios will be open today through Sunday, giving us a rare chance to meet artists, see how work is made and buy one-of-a-kind items directly from the artists!
Glenwood Manor – I love browsing antiques stores this time of year, looking for that perfect item to add to my mother’s teacup collection or some sturdy wooden toys for my niece. Glenwood Manor in Queensbury is the perfect spot. With over 30 rooms on three floors of an old manor house, a visit to Glenwood Manor is more an exploration than a shopping trip. Give yourself time to take it all in!
Adirondack Country Shops – You’re in the Adirondacks! Why not visit some of our great country stores, offering Adirondack ambiance and gifts? From gourmet delicacies to clothing, home goods and toys, you’ve hit the shopping jackpot in the Lake George Area. Here are our top four country stores, all open for Small Business Saturday.
If you’re looking for the big box stores, head to Aviation Mall in Queensbury. You’ll find Target, J.C. Penney, Sophora, Sears, Kohl’s and many other department and specialty stores offering sales and special deals all weekend long!
From shopping and shows to holiday lights and hockey – Thanksgiving weekend is hopping in the Lake George Area. Grab your shopping bags, boots, friends and family for our top nine things to do this weekend.
Jump-start Your Holiday Shopping
November 25, 26 & 27
Glens Falls & Queensbury
Small Business Saturday is an annual Glens Falls tradition. All the downtown shops run Holiday specials from 10am – 4pm. Many serve refreshments and some even offer live entertainment. Check out the Holiday Open House at The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls from 10am – 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Home to dozens of artist studios and shops, most of The Shirt Factory tenants will be open selling handcrafted works of art, offering refreshments and presenting artist demonstrations. If antiques are more your style, head to Glenwood Manor in Queensbury where over 30 rooms have been decorated and will be offering deals on antique and vintage gifts all weekend long!
Lake George Village rings in the season on Saturday with bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo. Live music from Bobby Dick at 5pm and The Lake George Community Band at 6:30pm. The lights are illuminated at 6pm followed by a fireworks display and a parade. Santa arrives just after and will be greeting nice little boys and girls at the Firehouse until 7pm.
With more than five decades of songwriting and performing experience, iconic musician from the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary comes to Glens Falls for a one-night only concert. Enjoy some of his most famous songs and tales from his storied career as a 1960’s folk renaissance star.
They’ve been blowing snow at Gore for weeks and this weekend it’s finally time to hit the slopes! With new offerings for downhill, cross country and snowshoe lovers, grab your gear and head to North Creek. Plus, if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Gore Mountain Holiday Drive, you’ll enjoy a discounted lift ticket for the day!
Take some time Thanksgiving weekend to see a tribute to the Fab Five. Local professional tribute band, Hey Jude! returns to the Wood Theater stage in Glens Falls to take audiences on a Magical Mystery Ride through The Beatles career with fan favorites, authentic costumes and banter that will transport you back in time to The Beatles legendary shows!
Join the Town of Lake Luzerne for the lighting of the their Holiday tree and Children’s tree. Stroll through town with carolers, live music, cookies and goodies for the kids and a Holiday raffle! Bobby Dick will be the leading the event!
Get ready for some professional East Coast Hockey League action as the Adirondack Thunder take on the Florida Everblades in Glens Falls! This game marks the 35th Anniversary of hockey in the Lake George Region.
The gun goes off for sixth annual Thanksgiving Day 5k in memory of James P Hinchliffe at 8:30am on Thursday morning. Twelve years ago, James lost his battle with ALS and to honor his memory, the Hinchliffe family started an annual run to raise money for ALS. So far they have raised over $50,000!
Lake George evokes memories of summers spent frolicking in the water by day and watching fireworks dance across the sky at night, and of winters under woolen blankets and enjoying hot toddies and live music. It’s that ability to become the stage for treasured memories year after year and decade after decade that keeps people coming back. If you haven’t yet started your library of wonderful memories, now is as good a time as any to get to it!
Over the last several years Lake George has enjoyed incredible improvements and additions. One such venue is The Charles R. Wood Park, including the Festival Commons which offers a park and great performance setting. Throughout the year there are festivals and events, as well as a wonderful playground for kids designed with many natural features to spark their imagination and allow for a departure from the ordinary.
The lodging options in Lake George have grown, adding to the many hotels, motels and B&Bs that have been hosting vacationers for decades, a 6-story Courtyard Marriott has been constructed in uniquely Adirondack style. A year-round option for couples and families, with an indoor pool so even winter visits can include a swim! Or check out the Polar Plunge if you dare. A longtime member of the Lake George lodging community, the Surfside on the Lake Hotel, has expanded its room options to make it easier for you to stay longer and be even closer to the water. Where the Marriott went rustic, Surfside embraces nostalgia, both will make you feel at home! Ready to take your Lake George stay to the next level? The Lodges at Cresthaven offer vacation rentals or shares of luxury, waterfront real estate. Imagine, the memories of days at the water’s edge.
The truth is there’s a good chance you’ll work up both a thirst and an appetite as you tour Lake George. During the colder months nothing beats a piping hot latte served in a mug at Caffé Vero, they’ll no doubt top your drink with a foam-drawn bit of whimsy to make you feel special. Stay for lunch and enjoy having nowhere to be but your happy place. The Garrison near the southern end of the lake underwent a gorgeous renovation and can fill you up with great pub fare and local beer, and keep you smiling with their staggering pennant collection. Is your college displayed? Speaking of great local beer, can’t get much more local than beer brewed with water from the lake. You’ll find just that at Adirondack Pub and Brewery, as well as a kids’ menu, merchandise and more Adirondack memorabilia than you can shake a stick at, which you wouldn’t because your hands will be too full of burger. If BBQ is more your style, you have to experience The Barnsider Restaurant. Trust us.
Happy Thanksgiving! Hospitality is the name of the game this holiday season. If you’re not already heading to friends and family for your Thanksgiving feast, we hope you’ll accept an invitation to one of these nine celebrations. Offering a wide variety of menus and price points, here are our top picks for Thanksgiving dinner in the Lake George Area!
The Georgian Resort is presenting a Thanksgiving meal with live music and a beautiful view. Roast Whole New York Sirloin Strip, Basket Weave Loin of Pork, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, French Rolled Stuffed Salmon, Baked Yams, and Muffins will be part of the spread. Live holiday music will be performed by Chuck Kelsey. Dinner is from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Please call 518-668-5401 for reservations.
Dunham’s Bay Resort will be serving a decadent Thanksgiving meal, featuring both Whole Roast Carolina Turkey and Steamship Round of Beef. Other dishes include Oyster Sausage Stuffing, Traditional Stuffing, Gnocchi with Sage Pumpkin Butter Sauce, and Lemon Herb Crusted Chatham Haddock. Dinner will be served from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Please call 518-656-9242, as reservations are required.
Sweet Basil is serving their full dinner menu on Thanksgiving, as well as delicious Turkey and Ham specials. If turkey with the fixings doesn’t make your mouth water, enjoy Sweet Basil’s authentic Italian menu instead. All meals include the 35-item salad bar. Dinner will be served from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
Morgan and Co. Restaurant would like to make everything easier for you this Thanksgiving. Join them for Roast Turkey, Steaks, Cape Cod Scallops, Escargot, Pies, and more! They’re open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Make a reservation online or call 518-409-8060.
Join the Queensbury Hotel for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Diners will be offered butter-basted Whole Turkey, black pepper-rubbed Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, Smashed Butter Nut Squash, and more. Dinner will be served from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Please call 518-792-1121, as reservations are required.