Winter Festivals and Events in the Capital Region and Adirondacks

January 02, 2022

Winter Festivals and Events, Julie & Co. Realty

Are you ready to chase away the winter blues with a local festival or event? Whether you are near Latham or Saranac Lake, Saratoga Springs or Lake George, there is a winter festival for you! Featuring events like ice sculpting, folk dancing, and holiday greenery shopping, these festivals, carnivals, and events are sure to amaze and delight even the biggest grinches this holiday season! Take a look at the many events below.


Capital Region

Capital Region Winter Festivals
Albany in Winter

Saratoga Festival of Trees

This fundraising event is hosted by the Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. With holiday décor, like trees and wreaths, for sale, this festival is the perfect way to get a start on holiday decorating, while also supporting a local cause! The Saratoga Festival of Trees is on its 25th year, and is hosted at City Center in Saratoga Springs.


The Flurry Festival

The Flurry Festival is also hosted at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, and includes other venues throughout the city. It brings together almost 5,000 attendees for folk dancing and music. From Contra to Swing, Hip-Hop to Clogging, the Flurry Festival has a bit of dancing for everyone! With three days full of music and dancing events, this festival is one of the largest of its kind in North America.


Winter Wonderland

Ready for the largest indoor Christmas event in the Capital Region? Winter Wonderland in Latham is just that! With an ice maze, Santa’s village and workshop, and a light display, this month-long event also supports Make-A-Wish, Toys for Tots, Willow’s Warriors, and Hey You 3. Winter Wonderland is the perfect, family-friendly destination throughout the month of December.


Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

This year is the 25th annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park! The drive-through lights display is sure to delight you and your family. This year, Washington Park in Albany will feature a light show that captures scenes from holidays past and present. Tickets are available for dates from the end of November through the beginning of January.


Victorian Stroll

Beginning in December, shop and dine in Troy during the Victorian Stroll season! This year, the Stroll features a Holiday Greens Show and a Waterfront Farmers Market. Make sure to play BINGO to win a prize, as well keep your eye out for the Window Decorating Contest, as you stroll throughout the season.


Saratoga Chowderfest

This February will be Saratoga’s 24th Annual Chowderfest. With over 80 vendors, don’t miss out on all the delicious hot bowls at this event that is open to the whole family!


Adirondack Region

Lake Placid in Winter
Lake Placid in Winter

Lake George Winter Carnival

The 2022 Lake George Winter Carnival will be the carnival’s 60th year! This event, which lasts throughout February, features cook-offs, races, tournaments, games, and activities on the ice in Lake George. While you are there, don’t forget to check out the area’s ice bars – from Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge to the Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry!


Brant Lake Winter Carnival

Want to try your hand at the Fry Pan Toss Competition? What about Outhouse Racing? These events, along with broomball, curling, ice bowling, ice hockey, and a vintage snowmobile parade are all a part of the Brant Lake Winter Carnival. Sponsored by the towns of Chester and Horicon, as well as the Tri-Lakes Community Alliance, this one-day event in February closes with fireworks at dusk and is not one to miss!


Funky Ice Fest

Hosted at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George, this event is the funkiest in the North Country! With frozen pong, hand-carved ice sculptures, and ice bars, this event is always a hit. Enjoy food truck favorites, a disco ball, and lots of family-friendly fun.


Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

This year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is “Totally 80s” themed. The event claims to be the “longest-running event of its kind” in the eastern US. Make sure to join Saranac Lake for this 10-day event. With sports, parades, fireworks, and performances, this carnival is sure to be fun for the whole family.


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