Theme selection for the 2025 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will be held at the Elks Lodge on 16 APR 2024! No new theme suggestions will be accepted.

Thanks for joining us at this year's Creepy Carnival! For more information on the selection of 2025's Winter Carnival theme, click here.

2025 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Dates - January 31st, 2025 - February 9th, 2025!!

Family Night at the Ice Palace

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, February 8,2023 from 5 – 7 p.m. our wonderful Ice Palace Hosts will welcome visitors for a very special "Family Night." Join us for a magical evening of beautiful colored lights at the Ice Palace. Our Ice Palace Hosts are enthusiastic Carnival volunteers who enjoy greeting visitors at the Ice Palace, answering a myriad of visitor questions and taking thousands of pictures each year. They look forward to welcoming families to this new event at the Ice Palace.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, Hudson Headwaters there will be hot chocolate and cookies provided.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, known as the Society for the Promotion of Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning, presenting, and preserving an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, community wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower's Pontiac Bay, where carnival events have been traditionally held for generations. For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at The 2023 Winter Carnival will take place February 3 – February 12.