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!!

Winter Carnival 2022 Button Available!

SARANAC LAKE – "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2022 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival's designated theme "Totally 80's," Trudeau's illustration shows "Doonesbury" character J.J. sitting in the iconic 1980's Delorean time machine with the date set to February 4th, 2022. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 to benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

The button costs $5 and will be available at the following merchants in Saranac Lake beginning today: Ampersound, ADK wine and liquor, ADK Daily Enterprise, Blue Moon Café, Bear Essentials, Coakleys, Carcuzzi, Fusion Market, Gauthiers Saranac Lake Inn, Hyde Mobil (Broadway), Hyde Mobil (Lake Flower ave), Kinney Drugs, Lakeview Deli, Rice Furniture, Rusty Nail, Saranac Lake wine and Liquor, Saranac Lake Waterfront Hotel, Tops, Village Mercantile, Waterhole, Will Rogers, History Hut and Gift shop (HQ), S/L Chamber of Commerce

Buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival at its History Hut Gift Shop and Headquarters located at the Lake Flower Boat launch. They are also available through mail order by sending a check payable to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, Attention Barb Martin, P.O. Box 566, Saranac Lake, New York 12983. Please note that this mailing address is different than in the past for those who automatically mail requests each year. Past Winter Carnival buttons are also available for $5. For more information contact Barb Martin at (518) 891-2382. There is an additional cost for shipping based on quantity of buttons ordered: 1-4 - $4.75, 5-8 - $6, 9 or more - $8 (prices subject to change).

Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year and have a devoted following of those who enjoy capturing a piece of Winter Carnival history.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, communitywide 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 2022 Winter Carnival will take place February 4 - 13.