Dewey Mountain is closed but hopes to open by Wed night for Snowshoe Races. Check back for updates.
Flowerball is now February 13 at 10AM

2016 Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

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Rotary Variety Show dancing
photo by Andy Flynn

2016 SCHEDULE: SUperheroes and villains (subject to change)

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* NOTE: An asterisk indicates events run by a group other than the Winter Carnival Committee and is for informational purposes only

$ NOTE: A dollar sign indicates there is a cost involved with this event.

WINTEr Carnival Committee Meetings (6:00 p.m. saranac lake Chamber of Commerce, 193 river st, saranac lake)


MonDay, january 11, 2016

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. High School Court Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser (Belvedere Restaurant, $10, takeout avail 891-9873)

THURSDAY, february 4, 2016

5:30 p.m.  17th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner, open to former royalty (Red Fox, $35 for dinner)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 - first day

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Adirondack Artists Guild opening reception "Avalon" paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney (Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St) 

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Northwinds Fine Arts Gallery opening reception for Merrill Leavitt, winner of NSFA's 2015 Regional Juried Show (Northwinds Fine Arts Gallery, 11 Woodruff St)

7:30 p.m. *Women's Civic Chamber Coronation of Winter Carnival Royalty (Harrietstown Town Hall)

Post-Coronation *Winter Carnival Royalty Reception (BPO Elks Lodge #1508, cash bar)


***The Ice Palace will be UNDER CONSTRUCTION until Opening Fireworks and NOT open to the public until after the Fireworks***

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest, Register by February 1 (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. NBT Bank Ice Palace Fun Run (4 miles) (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. *Lutheran Church Women's Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *23rd Annual Chocolate Festival by the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Women, Inc. (Harrietstown Town Hall)

11:00 a.m. Casella Waste Systems Curling Exhibition ***WILL BE AS SCHEDULED*** (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

11:00 a.m. *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. *Petrova Winter Carnival (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, $)

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Cookie Open House at Northwinds Fine Arts Gallery (11 Woodruff St)

12:00 p.m. "Hit the Button" Curling Competition  ***IS CANCELED***  Instead everyone is invited to LEARN TO CURL on Sunday, February 14 at 3:30 at the Civic Center

12:30 p.m. Little Ladies' Fry Pan Toss, a new event for girls 8-12 and 13-17 (Riverside Park, $) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the event

1:00 p.m. Taylor Rental Ladies' Fry Pan Toss will start when the Little Ladies' competition is done but not before 1:00 p.m. (Riverside Park, $) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the event (extended an hour)

2:30 p.m. Roots Contracting Company FlowerBall ***HAS MOVED TO SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13***

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. *Music, The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra plays '30s and '40s Swing, sponsored by the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce (Harrietstown Town Hall)

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *St. Bernard's Spaghetti Dinner (St Bernards School, $)

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *High Peaks Hospice Chicken and Biscuit Dinner (Moose Lodge #457, $)

7:00 p.m. Lighting of the Ice Palace and Cape Air Opening Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. *Villain and Hero Dance Party presented by Downtown Advisory Board and Paul Smith's College, prize for best costume (Upstairs at Waterhole, $10)

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *Music, Karaoke with Jay (Romanos)


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Blue Line Brewery Arctic Golf (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

1:00 p.m. H & R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games (Saranac Lake High School Football Field, call 354-2456 for details)

 2:30 p.m. Woltner Summit Contracting Spike of Ice Icicle Contest (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch) Judging at 3 p.m.


7:00 p.m. *Interfaith Service Celebration (St. Luke's Church)


3:30 p.m. *Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Lawn Chair Ladies Reception, a 'thank you' party and chance to see all the outfits and meet the "ladies" (Left Bank Cafe, 36 Broadway)

5:00 p.m. Grand Marshal Reception (Red Fox Restaurant, cash bar)

6:00 p.m. Royalty Dinner (Pages' dinners sponsored by the Adirondack Motel) (Red Fox Restaurant, $)


6:00 p.m. Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races ***CHECK BANNER AND FACEBOOK FOR LATEST CONDITIONS*** (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, $, call 891-2697)

7:00 p.m. *Special Winter Carnival Talk: "Heroines on Horseback" presented by Historic Saranac Lake (Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church St)

8:15 p.m. *Firefighter's Broomball, spectators welcome (Saranac Lake Civic Center)


2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. *27th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, $)

6:00 p.m. American Management Association Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center)

6:300 p.m. Community Campfire, new event (immediately after Fireworks, Mt Pisgah Ski Center)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. *Sadie Hawkins Valentine Middle School Dance, all proceeds benefit the Saranac Lake After Prom Party (Petrova Middle School)


10:00 a.m. Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *27th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, $)

12:30 p.m. Saranac Lake Teachers Association Children's Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center)

 6:30 p.m. *Firefighter's Broomball, spectators welcome (Saranac Lake Civic Center)

7:30 p.m. *Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)

10 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *Music, Good Guy Productions (Romanos)


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. *Mason's Pancake Breakfast (Saranac Lake Adult Center, $) Sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Winter Carnival Characters (Saranac Lake Adult Center)

10:00 a.m. Stewart's Shops Meet the Winter Carnival Characters (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00a.m. Roots Contracting Company FlowerBall ***MOVED FROM FEBRUARY 6***  from the Flags on the Flower Ice Fishing Gang  (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

10:00 a.m. *Can-Am Snow Rugby Game (Saranac Lake High School Track Field. Call 524-5841 for details.)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *27th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, $)

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. *St Bernard's School Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)

11:00 a.m. *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Paul Smith's College Alumni Reception (Left Bank Cafe, 36 Broadway)

12:00 p.m. Gala Parade Line-up (Register at Nice N Easy Mobil. Line up on Upper Broadway.)

1:00 p.m. Hotel Saranac Gala Parade (Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to LaPan Highway)

Post-Parade Winter Carnival Parade Bands Sound-Off (Harrietstown Town Hall)

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. *Music, Live Music by Legends (Romanos)

7:00 p.m. *Music, "Superheroes and Villains Cabaret" (Pendragon Theater, $)

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. *Music, Sean Harley & The Trench Town Oddities (Romanos)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016 - last day

10:00 a.m. Community Bank Adult Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $, Call 891-2697 for details)

10:00 a.m. *White Stag Downhill Ski Races **New Time and Day** (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)

11:00 a.m. Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament (Bloomingdale Fields, $, Call 637-4669 for details.)

11:00 a.m. Bionique Testing Labs Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center, Rotary Field, $)

11:00 a.m. Snowshoe Softball (Elks Field, John Munn Road, $)

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. *Arctic Bar-B-Que (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $) Presented by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah

12:00 p.m. First Niagara Bank Youth Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $. Call 891-2697 for details)

12:00 p.m. - 1:45p.m. Lunch at the Carousel with the Stewart's Shop Carnival Characters (Adirondack Carousel, $)

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Snowy Owl Face Painting for Children (Harrietstown Town Hall)

2:00 p.m. Casella Waste Systems Kiddie Parade (Harrietstown Town Hall)

2:00 p.m. Tops Markets Cookie Decorating Contest (Harrietstown Hall) right after the parade

3:00 p.m. *21th Annual Saranac Lake Young Arts Association Winter Carnival Baroque Concert (First United Methodist Church, donation requested)

7:30 p.m. Winter Carnival Slide Show (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

8:00 p.m. Guide Boat Realty "Storming the Palace" Closing Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

Tuesday, february 16, 2016

6:00 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Committee Wrap-Up meeting, 2016 Critique (Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce)

Thursday, february 18, 2016

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Slide Show (Saranac Village at Will Rogers Details)

monday, february 29, 2016

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Volunteer Recognition Dinner (BPOE Elks Lodge #1508 )

TUESDAY, MArch 15, 2016

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Meeting -- Theme Nominations (Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce)

TUESDAY april 12, 2016

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Annual Meeting -- Elections and Theme Selection (Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce)


February 3-12, 2017


Top Sponsors
Hotel Saranac
Cape Air
Guide Boat Realty
Adirondack Bank
Taylor Rental
Lake Flower Resort and Spa
American Management Association
Can-Am Rugby Tournament
Casella Waste Systems Inc.
Gala Parade
Learn more about the Gala Parade.
Recent Info/News
Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest Winners
2016-02-08 - The Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest was held on February 6 and challenged contestants to build miniature golf obstacles out of snow for the Arctic Golf event which was held the following day.
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