We'll see you at the 2021 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival on 2/5-2/14!

(Tentative) 2021 Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

We are still sorting out what this year's Carnival will look like
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photo by Mark Kurtz

(Tentative) 2021 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Schedule

Please do not publish this elsewhere.  We are still discussing what events will take place and what they will look like

This schedule will be changing. We are including it as a starting point while we work through how to safely deal with current circumstances.


Please use the Contact page to send events and corrections.

* 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 

All meetings take place on TUESDAY at 6:00 PM at the Elk's Lodge #1508, 30 Bloomingdale Ave, Saranac Lake, NY.

Meeting dates for the 2021 Winter Carnival: 

  • December 1, 2020
  • December 15, 2020
  • January 5, 2021
  • January 12, 2021
  • January 19, 2021
  • January 26, 2021
  • February 2, 2021 (Last meeting before Carnival)
  • February 16, 2021 (Wrap up after Carnival)


4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. High School Court Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser (Belvedere Restaurant, 102 Bloomingdale Ave, 518-891-9873, $)


5:30 p.m.  *19th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner, Open to Past Royalty only (TBD, contact Marilyn Bigelow 518-891-1286, $)

FRIDAY, February 5, 2021 - first day

7:30 p.m. *Women's Civic Chamber Coronation of Winter Carnival Royalty (Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St)

Post-Coronation *Winter Carnival Royalty Reception presented by the Elk's Club (Immediately following Coronation, Elk's Club, 30 Bloomingdale Ave)


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. Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Lutheran Church Women's Bake and Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *28th Annual Chocolate Festival by the Paul Smith's Boosters without Borders  (Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St)

11:00 a.m. Long Run Wealth Advisors Curling Exhibition  (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--for Kids (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, 141 Petrova Ave, $)

12:00 p.m. Heat Keepers Icicle Contest, prizes for longest natural icicle (Riverside Park), icicle check-in at 11:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m. "Hit the Button" Curling Competition  (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

12:30 p.m. Saranac Lake Teachers Association Little Ladies' Fry Pan TossFor girls 6-17 (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 For 18 and up (Riverside Park, $) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the event

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


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

10:00 a.m. *White Stag Downhill Ski Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, 92 Mt Pisgah Lane, $)

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. *Arctic Bar-B-Que, presented by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, 92 Mt Pisgah Lane, $)

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Adirondack Health Skate Lake Colby and Ice Sport DemosFun Skate Races and Kicksled Races from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 100 Meter Straight Line Sprints, refreshments available from Paul Smiths College Boosters. (Lake Colby beach,  Bring your ice skates or try out other ice sports provided by Human Power Planet Earth)

1:00 p.m. H & R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games (Saranac Lake High School Football Field, 79 Canaras Ave, call 518-637-3238 for details)

2:30 p.m. ANCA FlowerBall (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)


7:00 p.m. *Community Celebration Service (St. Luke's Church, 136 Main St)


3:30 p.m. *Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center, 29 Woodruff St)

5:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Reception (TBD, cash bar)

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner (TBD, $, RSVP required by 2/1, call 518-891-4367)


6:00 p.m.  Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, Route 3, $, call 891-2697)


6:00 p.m. American Management Association Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, 92 Mt Pisgah Lane)


10:00 a.m.  Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, 92 Mt Pisgah Lane, $)

12:30 p.m. Coakley Home and Hardware Children's Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center, 213 Ampersand Ave)

TBD  Firefighter's Broom Ball (Saranac Lake Civic Center, 213 Ampersand Ave)

7:30 p.m. *Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St, $) This event usually sells out.  Get your tickets ahead of time.


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. *Mason's Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple(First United Methodist Church, 63 Church Street, $) 

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. *Breakfast with the Winter Carnival Characters at the Mason's Pancake Breakfast (First United Methodist Church, 63 Church St.)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Stewart's Shops presents Meet the Winter Carnival Characters (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. *Can-Am Snow Rugby Game (Saranac Lake High School Track Field, 79 Canaras Ave, call 524-5841 for details.)

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. *Lion's Club Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St, $)

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

12:00 p.m. Gala Parade Line-up (Register at Nice N Easy Mobil, 196 Broadway Ave, line up on Upper Broadway)

1:00 p.m. Gala Parade presented by Casella Waste Systems and North Country Community College  (Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to LaPan Highway)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021 - last day

10:00 a.m. Community Bank Adult Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, Route 3, $, Call 891-2697 for details)

11:00 a.m. Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament (Bloomingdale Fields, Bloomingdale, click for more info, $)

11:00 a.m. Bionique Testing Labs Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center, Rotary Field, 213 Ampersand Ave, $)

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

11:00 a.m.  ANCA FlowerBall, (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

12:00 p.m. Adirondack Health Youth Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, Route 3, $, call 891-2697 for details)

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. *Lunch at the Carousel with the Stewart's Shop Carnival Characters (Adirondack Carousel, 2 Depot St, $, for more info)

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Snowy Owl Face Painting for Children (Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St)

2:00 p.m. Casella Waste Systems Kiddie Parade  (Starting at 100 Main Street)

2:00 p.m. Tops Friendly Markets Cookie Decorating Contest (Harrietstown Hall, 39 Main St, right after the Kiddie Parade)

3:00 p.m. *26th Annual Saranac Lake Young Arts Association Winter Carnival Baroque & Beyond Concert (First United Methodist Church, 63 Church St, donation requested)

7:30 p.m. Guide Boat Realty 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, 2021

6:00 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Committee Wrap-Up meeting, 2019 Critique (LGI Lecture Room, Saranac Lake High School, 79 Canaras Ave)

Wednesday, february TBD

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Slide Show (Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Dr)

SUNday, march TBD

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Volunteer Recognition Dinner

tuesday, march TBD

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Meeting -- Theme Nominations (Elk's Lodge #1508, 30 Broadway Ave)


6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Annual Meeting -- Elections and Theme Selection (Elk's Lodge #1508, 30 Broadway Ave)



Top Sponsors
Guide Boat Realty
Casella Waste Systems Inc.
North Country Community College
Hotel Saranac
Adirondack Bank
Taylor Rental
American Management Association
Can-Am Rugby Tournament
Tops Friendly Markets
Adirondack Health
Gala Parade
Learn more about the Gala Parade.
Recent Info/News
2021 Carnival Theme is 'Mask-erade'
2020-09-15 - Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, and members of the public who attended the committee meeting on September 15, have chosen ‘Mask-erade' as the theme for the 2021 Carnival.
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