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The Lake George Winter Carnival has celebrated Adirondack family fun every winter since 1961.

Every Saturday and Sunday in February, winter enthusiasts flock to Lake George Village to watch, support, and participate in the cook-offs, races, tournaments, games and other activities on the ice and around the village.

Scroll down for an in-depth schedule and details on the Lake George Winter Carnival's daily activities in 2020!

The Opening Ceremonies and the parade along Canada Street take place on the first weekend kicking off the annual Carnival.

Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday or Sunday? The Lake George Winter Carnival has the Polar Plunge, pony rides, helicopter rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, Lake George Dog's Got Talent Show, children's activities, and face painting every Saturday and Sunday.

Hit the Hot Chocolate Bar at the Beach, and make S'mores at the Beach every Saturday. Make sure you don't leave before the fireworks blast off!

MYO (Make Your Own) ice cream sundae every Sunday during the Carnival!

More fun and lively entertainment include Outhouse Races, the Chili Cook-off, 4x4 truck races, and an ATV Poker run, ice diving demonstrations, the Glacier Golf Tournament, and the always popular chowder cook-off and chicken wing cook-off competitions.

Check out a first-hand look at Winter Carnival Season in the Lake George Area! And, if you like all things winter, make sure you check out the most amazing ice bars in Lake George!

Are you looking for a place to stay? Check out all the Lake George hotels open in the winter.

Please Note: All events and activities are weather and ice conditions permitting, and are subject to change.

Below is the schedule for the 2020 Lake George Winter Carnival schedule, check back soon for the 2021 schedule!

Every Saturday & Sunday throughout February

That’s right, these events and activities are so much fun that you can enjoy them every single Saturday and Sunday in February!

12:00PM – Cornhole Games: Grab some friends and play a few games of cornhole! Hosted by The Garrison.

12:00PM-3:00PM – Children’s Activities: Enjoy a variety of arts, crafts, games and face painting fun to keep your little ones happy and occupied! Activities will be held at participating locations around town.

12:00PM-3:00PM – Pony Rides: Ride a pony at Shepard Park for a small fee.

12:00PM – Wood Carving Demos by: "Woodchuck" the Carver: Come to Shepard Park, and be amazed by the incredible creations that are made out of trees right from our very own Adirondacks!

2:00PM – Lake George Dogs Got Talent Contest: This is a crowd favorite! Bring your doggie friends and showcase their skills. Prizes will be given to those pups that get the most “A-PAWS”!

3:00PM – Polar Plunge: We know it’s cold, but if you can handle it, we invite you to take a dip into Lake George! The registration and plunge will take place on the beach at Shepard Park. Remember your towel and dry clothes!

Throughout each day – Bonfire on the Beach: Visit us to get warm at Shepard Park Beach!

Throughout each day – Helicopter Rides: Fly over Lake George and see the Winter Carnival from above! Fees apply; Please contact Bruce at (518) 361-1380 for more information.

Throughout each day – Horse Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides: Step back in time when travel wasn't so face-paced. Enjoy a ride along Canada Street through the carnival festivities. Fees apply; Call Tina Purdy at (518) 321-5539 for information.

Saturday - Weekend 1

12:00PM – Opening Ceremonies: It’s our 59th year celebrating the Lake George Winter Carnival, and we want you to join us for the opening ceremonies on the MacDonald Pier in Shepard Park!

12:30PM ('til it's gone!) – Chili Cook Off: We're kicking off the 1st cook off of the season with....Chili - Hot Tamale!! Various Lake George restaurants will put their best chili on display, and you get to be the judge and vote for your favorite! It's the perfect way to warm you up inside, on a chilly afternoon! It's $5.00 a head for judging, right at the Shepard Park Amphitheater.

1:00PM – Outhouse Races: An annual Lake George Winter Carnival tradition! Come and see the wacky costumes, unique architecture, and crazy antics at this wild event with the whole family. The races will take place at the Charles R Wood Park, so it'll be easy to see all of the action. Registration will be held at The Lagoon at 9:30 a.m.; Call (518) 685-5009  for additional information.

1:45PM-3:45PM – Make Your Own Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts: Enjoy this unique experience using tie-dye and snow! It's a ton of fun, and always a nice surprise when you reveal your masterpiece! It's $15 each or 2 for $25, while supplies last! You'll find this located at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

4:00PM – Lake George Winter Carnival Parade: This iconic winter parade marches down the center of town in Lake George. Starting from Fort William Henry and ending at Amherst Street, the parade is not to be missed! So bundle up, grab some coffee or hot cocoa, and line the street with family and friends!

4:45PM (‘til they're gone!) – S’mores at the Beach: We have a warm fire and all the fixings for some ooey-gooey s’mores! Devour them while they last on the beach at Shepard Park. S'mores are free!

4:45PM-6:00PM – Hot Chocolate Bar: The best way to stay warm in the winter is with hot chocolate. Stand around the fire on the beach at Shepard Park and sip some hot chocolate topped with all of your favorite fixings! This Lake George Winter Carnival staple includes a souvenir mug for $5.00!

6:00PM – Fireworks: This annual show over the Lake is the best possible way to end a day at the Winter Carnival! Enjoy the spectacular view along the shores of the lake.

Sunday - Weekend 1

11:00AM-2:00PM – Youth Hockey Scrimmages: Watch and cheer on local youths as they scrimmage on a rink on Lake George. These kids have skills, so you don't want to miss these games. You can even skate for yourself on the lake! Skates are available with a signed waiver.

12:00PM (‘til gone!) – Make Your Own Sundae Fun Day!: Munch on a free ice cream sundae of your own creation with all your favorite toppings! Join us on the beach at Shepard Park for this tasty event.

12:30PM-2:00PM – Karaoke/Open Mic: Come one, come all! Show off your talents right at the Shepard Park Amphitheater. This is always a great time with the family, and anyone is welcome to sing!

2:00PM – Super Bowl Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss: Think you’ve got the strength it takes to toss a keg? Sign up for this competition by 1:45 at the souvenir tent near Shepard Park and show us what you've got! There's nothing like this event to get amped up for the Super Bowl. All ages are welcome!

Saturday - Weekend 2

9:00AM – ATV Poker Run: Bring your ATV and compete. Registration is between 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at Village Blacksmith Steakhouse. Participants must bring their driver’s license and their vehicle must be insured and registered. Call (518) 240-0890 for more information.

11:00AM-4:00PM – Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice: Lake George provides the perfect frozen track for these races. Watch as brave competitors take to the ice to test their automobiles against the competition in this all-out race on the lake. Info: Dave Burnham – www.icerace.com – (518) 875-6956 - racng48@nycap.rr.com.

12:00PM (‘til it's gone!) – BBQ Cook Off: The second cook off of the season is....BBQ!! The best restaurants in Lake George compete for your vote in this BBQ cook off at Shepard Park Amphitheater. For just $5.00 try all the BBQ in town and vote for your favorite!

12:00PM-3:00PM – Ice Diving Demonstration: Watch professional divers explore the frigid waters of Lake George off Shepard Park Beach. This event is ice dependent.

1:30PM-3:30PM – Make Your Own Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts: Enjoy this unique experience using tie-dye and snow! It's a ton of fun, and always a nice surprise when you reveal your masterpiece! It's $15 each or 2 for $25, while supplies last! You'll find this located at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

4:00PM (‘til they're gone!) – S’mores at the Beach: We have a warm fire and all the fixings for some ooey-gooey s’mores! Devour them while they last on the beach at Shepard Park. S'mores are free!

4:00PM-6:00PM – Hot Chocolate Bar: The best way to stay warm in the winter is with hot chocolate. Stand around the fire on the beach at Shepard Park and sip some hot chocolate topped with all of your favorite fixings! This Lake George Winter Carnival staple includes a souvenir mug for $5.00!

6:00PM – Fireworks: This annual show over the Lake is the best possible way to end a day at the Winter Carnival! Enjoy the spectacular view along the shores of the lake.

Sunday - Weekend 2

11:00AM-2:00PM – Youth Hockey Scrimmages: Watch and cheer on local youths as they scrimmage on a rink on Lake George. These kids have skills, so you don't want to miss these games. You can even skate for yourself on the lake! Skates are available with a signed waiver.

11:00AM-4:00PM – Sanctioned Car Races on the Ice: Lake George provides the perfect frozen track for these races. Watch as brave competitors take to the ice to test their automobiles against the competition in this all-out race on the lake. Info: Dave Burnham – www.icerace.com – (518) 875-6956 - racng48@nycap.rr.com.

12:00PM (‘til gone!) – Make Your Own Sundae Fun Day!: Munch on a free ice cream sundae of your own creation with all your favorite toppings! Join us on the beach at Shepard Park for this tasty event.

12:30PM-2:00PM – Karaoke/Open Mic: Come one, come all! Show off your talents right at the Shepard Park Amphitheater. This is always a great time with the family, and anyone is welcome to sing!

2:00PM – Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss: Think you’ve got the strength it takes to toss a keg? Sign up for this competition by 1:45 at the souvenir tent near Shepard Park and show us what you've got! All ages are welcome!

3:00PM-4:00PM – Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Contest: Bring your friends and family to compete and build the coolest snowman of 2020. Competitors have 30 minutes to complete their figure and need to use the provided “snowman kit.” When the timer sounds, judging to determine which team will be crowned the “2020 Lake George Winter Carnival Best Snowman Builder” will begin. Do you have what it takes?! This event is held at Shepard Park. Limited entries available! 

Saturday - Weekend 3

9:00AM – ATV Poker Run: Bring your ATV and compete. Registration is between 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at Village Blacksmith Steakhouse. Participants must bring their driver’s license and their vehicle must be insured and registered. Call (518) 240-0890 for more information.

12:00PM (‘til it's gone) – Chowder Cook Off: Our third cook off is a tough one. It's the Chowder cook off! The best restaurants in Lake George bring their delicious creations, and compete for your vote at Shepard Park Amphitheater. For just $5.00 sample all of the best chowder in town and vote for the most delicious.

12:00PM-3:00PM – Ice Diving Demonstration: Watch professional divers explore the frigid waters of Lake George off Shepard Park Beach. This event is ice dependent.

12:00PM – NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycles & ATV Ice Races: Watch as high-powered motorcycles and ATVs take to the ice on Lake George. These machines and their riders compete to be the quickest around the track in this revved-up event. Info: www.electriccityriders.com 

1:30PM-3:30PM – Make Your Own Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts: Enjoy this unique experience using tie-dye and snow! It's a ton of fun, and always a nice surprise when you reveal your masterpiece! It's $15 each or 2 for $25, while supplies last! You'll find this located at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

4:00PM (‘til they're gone!) – S’mores at the Beach: We have a warm fire and all the fixings for some ooey-gooey s’mores! Devour them while they last on the beach at Shepard Park. S'mores are free!

4:00PM-6:00PM – Hot Chocolate Bar: The best way to stay warm in the winter is with hot chocolate. Stand around the fire on the beach at Shepard Park and sip some hot chocolate topped with all of your favorite fixings! This Lake George Winter Carnival staple includes a souvenir mug for $5.00!

6:00PM – Fireworks : This annual show over the Lake is the best possible way to end a day at the Winter Carnival! Enjoy the spectacular view along the shores of the lake.

Sunday - Weekend 3

11:00AM-2:00PM – Youth Hockey Scrimmages: Watch and cheer on local youths as they scrimmage on a rink on Lake George. These kids have skills, so you don't want to miss these games. You can even skate for yourself on the lake! Skates are available with a signed waiver.

12:00PM – NYS AMA Sanctioned Motorcycles & ATV Ice Races: Watch as high-powered motorcycles and ATVs take to the ice on Lake George. These machines and their riders compete to be the quickest around the track in this revved-up event. Info: www.electriccityriders.com 

12:00PM (‘til gone!) – Make Your Own Sundae Fun Day!: Munch on a free ice cream sundae of your own creation with all your favorite toppings! Join us on the beach at Shepard Park for this tasty event.

12:00PM-3:00PM – Ice Diving Demonstrations: Watch professional divers explore the frigid waters of Lake George off Shepard Park Beach. This event is ice dependent.

12:30PM-2:00PM – Karaoke/Open Mic: Come one, come all! Show off your talents right at the Shepard Park Amphitheater. This is always a great time with the family, and anyone is welcome to sing!

12:30PM – "Glacier" Golf Tournament: Bring your clubs and enjoy a 6 hole course set up right in Battleground Park! Gather a team of 2 or 4 people, and compete for great prizes! Sign up right at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park. Info: (518)744-1556

2:00PM – Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss: Think you’ve got the strength it takes to toss a keg? Sign up for this competition by 1:45 at the souvenir tent near Shepard Park and show us what you've got! All ages are welcome!

Saturday - Weekend 4

9:00am - Snowmobile Poker Run: $10 per person. Cash prizes. Registration 9:00am-11:00am at Roaring Brook Ranch. Info: https://www.facebook.com/SouthWarrenSnowmobileClub

10:00AM-4:00PM – Adirondack Pond Hockey: Strap on your skates, put down your drink, and start training because you and 5 friends could be playing in the annual Adirondack Pond Hockey Tournament! The games will begin right on the lake at Lake George Basin Harbor. You don't want to miss this! Info: www.adirondackpondhockey.com

12:00PM (‘til they're gone!) – Chicken Wing Cook Off: Our last, and most popular, cook off of the Winter Carnival! Come and savior the flavors of wings from the best restaurants in Lake George! Watch them compete for your vote at Shepard Park Amphitheater. For just $5.00 try all the best wings in town and vote for the tastiest.

12:00PM-3:00PM – Ice Diving Demonstrations: Watch professional divers explore the frigid waters of Lake George off Shepard Park Beach. This event is ice dependent.

1:45PM-3:45PM – Make Your Own Snow Tie-Dyed T-Shirts: Enjoy this unique experience using tie-dye and snow! It's a ton of fun, and always a nice surprise when you reveal your masterpiece! It's $15 each or 2 for $25, while supplies last! You'll find this located at the Souvenir Tent in Shepard Park.

4:00PM (‘til they're gone!) – S’mores at the Beach: We have a warm fire and all the fixings for some ooey-gooey s’mores! Devour them while they last on the beach at Shepard Park. S'mores are free!

4:00PM-6:00PM – Hot Chocolate Bar: The best way to stay warm in the winter is with hot chocolate. Stand around the fire on the beach at Shepard Park and sip some hot chocolate topped with all of your favorite fixings! This Lake George Winter Carnival staple includes a souvenir mug for $5.00!

6:00PM – Fireworks: This annual show over the Lake is the best possible way to end a day at the Winter Carnival! Enjoy the spectacular view along the shores of the lake.

Sunday - Weekend 4

10:00AM-4:00PM – Adirondack Pond Hockey: Strap on your skates, put down your drink, and start training because you and 5 friends could be playing in the annual Adirondack Pond Hockey Tournament! The games will begin right on the lake at Lake George Basin Harbor. You don't want to miss this! Info: www.adirondackpondhockey.com

11:00AM-2:00PM – Youth Hockey Scrimmages: Watch and cheer on local youths as they scrimmage on a rink on Lake George. These kids have skills, so you don't want to miss these games. You can even skate for yourself on the lake! Skates are available with a signed waiver.

12:00PM (‘til gone!) – Make Your Own Sundae Fun Day!: Munch on a free ice cream sundae of your own creation with all your favorite toppings! Join us on the beach at Shepard Park for this tasty event.

12:30PM-2:00PM – Karaoke/Open Mic: Come one, come all! Show off your talents right at the Shepard Park Amphitheater. This is always a great time with the family, and anyone is welcome to sing!

2:00PM – Sunday Warm-Up Keg Toss: Think you’ve got the strength it takes to toss a keg? Sign up for this competition by 1:45 at the souvenir tent near Shepard Park and show us what you've got! All ages are welcome!

3:30PM – Lake George Winter Carnival Winner’s Choice Raffle: A 2020 Polaris Indy 600 121 Track or 2020 Kawasaki Mule SX 4x4 Fl are the grand prizes for this year’s raffle drawing at Shepard Park Beach! Tickets can be purchased at the concession stand at any time during the carnival and you don’t need to be present to win.