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 2023 Buttons Available!

SARANAC LAKE – "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival's designated theme "Roman around Carnival," Trudeau's illustration shows "Doonesbury" character Zonker as a Roman Emperor depicted on the shape of an ancient coin with the year 2023 displayed in roman numerals. 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 by the end of this week: Winter Carnival History Hut, Adirondack Bank (Main St & Church St locations) Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Wine & Liquor, Ampersound, Bear Essentials Apparel, Blue Moon Cafe, Coakley Home and Hardware, Carcuzzi, Community Bank (Broadway) Fusion Market, Hyde's Nice N Easy (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway), Hotel Saranac -Academy & Main gift shop, Kinney Drugs, Lakeview Deli, NBT Bank, Rice Furniture, Rusty Nail, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Wine & Liquor, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Saranac Lake Waterfront Lodge, The Village Mercantile, Waterhole. This list is subject to change.

Buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival at its gift shop and history hut located on River St at the 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 - $5, 5-8 - $6, 9 or more - $8 (prices subject to change).

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.