Thursday, December 17, 2020

Where to see holiday lights in the Adirondacks

Let’s face it, there’s not much going on for events this holiday season. So every more reason to head out for a drive to check out some socially distance lights displays.

Here are a few taking place around the Adirondack region:

Raquette Lake Holiday Lights Contest. An annual event open to all Raquette Lake residents and businesses, no sign up needed.  Cash prizes for $100, $75 & $50.  Judging begins approximately 5 p.m. tonight.

Long Lake Holiday Lights Contest.  An annual event open to all Long Lake residents and businesses.  Judging will take place on December 22 after 5pm.  You must sign up to be included in the judging.  Sign up by calling 518-624-3077 or emailing longlake@mylonglake.comCash prizes for residents $100, $75, $50.  Plaques and bragging rights for businesses.

Indian Lake Holiday Event: A virtual event to benefit the Arts Center, Indian Lake Theater, and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. Taking place Friday, Dec. 18.  To reserve your seat at the Theater to watch this livestream on the big screen, go to As part of the holiday season, the community has also planned a Let There Be Lights! holiday lighting and decorating contest. For details, go to

Lake George Holiday Festival of Lights: This weekend, walk through The Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park to ring in the holidays with over 20 festive light displays. The displays will be crafted by local businesses and organizations. If that isn’t enough to meet your holiday needs, you can also expect: Warm beverages, holiday ornaments, sweet treats, holiday music and more. This is the last weekend for it. Purchase tickets here.

Saranac Lake “Light up the Town”: Holiday decorating contest organized by the chamber of commerce. Maps and voting forms can be found here:

Anything missing? Leave a comment below!



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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

One Response

  1. Shane M Sloan says:

    I was genuinely hoping there would be more. I’m not surprised. Politics have allowed COVID to be the catalyst for everything to have a grey cloud cast. I do hope these events go well. More so, I hope the internet goes away forever.

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