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The Lake George Area is known for winter fun and there’s more than ever for you and your groups and colleagues to do this season! From now until to the end of March, the area turns into a winter wonderland of lights, shopping, carnivals, and Ice Castles! Not to mention the ongoing winter activities including; skiing on one of our 2 groomed mountains, snowshoeing on miles of groomed trails, cheering for our local hockey team, and for those who crave luxury- sipping on cocktails at a local ice bar!
This event features exciting outdoor winter events all while you dine and relax in the Lake George Area! It's easy to get started, just pick the Winterfest Wristband with the activity you'd like to try (There are wristbands for adults and kids) choose the day/time that best suits your schedule, and you'll be mailed a wristband and ticket for the activity. Wristbands must be picked up at the Holiday Inn Resort.
Lake George Area Winterfest Wristbands:
Adirondack Sleigh Rides - Enjoy an afternoon ride through a winter wonderland of snowy forests and fields. With sleigh bells ringing and wool blankets keeping you warm, you’ll travel to a gorgeous ridge with a view of the high peaks, followed by a stop offering hot chocolate and s'mores over an open fire!
Dog Sled Ride - Sit on a sled, cover yourself with flannel blankets, and get ready to take in the snow-covered Adirondacks vistas.
Snowmobile Tour - Snowmobile tours are offered by C+C Snowmobile Tours based out of Chestertown, NY. They are highly regarded and offer experiences for novices and experts.
Tubing Package - The tubing park at West Mountain has four-six upper lanes and six-eight lower lanes all accessible by the moving magic carpet ride. Simply hop on with your tube and let the moving magic carpet take you uphill to the starting point. Friday nights under the lights, or midweek during the day.
Axe Throwing - Your one hour axe throwing experience is offered by Adirondack Axe located in Aviation Mall.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing - Your afternoon rental package takes place at the beautiful Garnet Hill Lodge's Outdoor Center in North River. This is a half-day package. The trail system ticket is included, and is large and groomed.
Alpine Skiing - Bring your skis (or snowboard!) to enjoy a 4-hour lift ticket at West Mountain! Rentals are available at an additional cost.
January will be ice bar season around Lake George. Locations like the Sagamore Resort and Adirondack Pub & Brewery are inviting ice artisans to craft bars where fancy wintertime drinks will be served, alongside themed decor of all kinds. You might see people, pianos, thrones, and who knows what else – all crafted from ice.
Find out where to find an ice bar this winter around the village of Lake George and Bolton Landing:
33 Canada St., Lake George
Ice bar with a themed range of ice sculptures, disco balls and ’70s funk, with live DJing by night to get the party started; bring your own vinyl
January 20-21 and 27-28
Free admission; 2023’s event required proof of COVID-19 vaccination
2223 Route 9, Lake George
Ice bars and sculptures, with an outdoor fire pit, hot chocolate and more
3 Lower Montcalm St., Lake George
Ice bar at a two-story venue with a New Year’s Eve celebration – in past years, the bar has stayed up into February and the Lake George Winter Carnival
2023 dates TBA- stay tuned
48 Canada St., Lake George
Full-service ice bar with sculptures, seating, and a fire lounge, plus a photo booth and live music on Saturday
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22
110 Sagamore Road, Bolton
The Glacier Ice Bar, with bar, barstools, sofas, chairs, tables and glasses all made completely out of ice; 2023’s theme is “Arctic Wild,” and will feature
18,000 pounds, between 60 and 100 300-pound blocks of ice
Open Friday-Saturday, Jan. 20-21, and Friday-Saturday, 27-28
Tickets for sale through the resort
Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairytales to life. This winter, escape into an icy wonderland at The Festival Commons in beautiful Lake George, New York. Lake George, New York is one of only five locations across the United States. Each castle is approximately an acre in size and consists of more than 25 million pounds of ice.
Ice Castles Activities:
Crawl Tunnels - Squeeze through passageways just large enough for children and adults who are adventurous enough to crawl.
Arctic Alcove - Book a VIP experience in a private alcove within the castle, perfect for proposals or other special occasions.
Ice Maze - Get lost in a maze of ice tunnels where excitement and wonder await around every turn.
Ice Caverns - Immerse yourself in icy caverns and walk beneath archways of massive icicles dangling overhead like a winter chandelier.
Ice Slides - Squeal with delight as you race down one of our exhilarating ice slides designed for all ages.
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. And, don't miss Saturday night fireworks each week at 6 p.m.
Gore Mountain skiing (North Creek)
West Mountain skiing (Queensbury)
West Mountain Tubing (Queensbury)
Dynamite Hill tubing (Chestertown)
Coles Woods X-C skiing (Glens Falls)
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves snowshoeing (Pottersville)
Garnet Hill Lodge X-C skiing, snowshoeing (North Creek)
Ice Fishing (Various Locations)
Glens Falls Ice Rink (Glens Falls)
Crandall Pond (Glens Falls)
Adirondack Thunder at Cool Insuring Arena -- ECHL League
For those who wish to experience year-round backdrops and cozy fires while enjoying local cuisine - there are a number of options with charming igloos, fireside meals, heated porches, and seasonal flair!
With lodging options ranging from basic motel rooms to 4-star resorts, the region is filled with year-round options for you to choose from, either as an overflow to your event, or to extend your stay after a sports tournament or meeting.
Our Team is Ready to Assist!
Providing a powerful dose of experience and enthusiasm, the team at the Lake George Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (LGRCVB) is here to assist and work with your groups to provide top-notch services and connect you to the right partners and offerings of the destination we call "home".
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