Friday, January 26, 2024

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival – Past and Present


2024 Saranac Lake Winter Creepy Carnival

Driving through Saranac Lake the last few days has been exciting, getting to witness construction of the Ice Palace – brick by icy brick.

The theme for the 2024 Winter Carnival is ‘Creepy Carnival’, which should be pretty fantastic!

We’ve compiled images and a few fun articles  (courtesy of the Almanack archives and of the buttons and posters from the last decade of carnivals.


2023 Saranac Lake Winter carnival

2023 Roman Around


2022 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival - totally 80's

2022 Totally 80s


2021: From the Almanack Archive – Hugging Ice – A beautifully sentimental piece by contributor Amy Catania about Winter Carnival, what it means to those involved, and the community bond that is cultivated year after year.

2021 Masquerade Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

2021 Masquerade



Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Button

2020 Myths and Legends


2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

2019 Prehistoric Park


2018:  From the Almanack Archive -Cabin Life: Ready for Winter Carnival – Almanack contributor, Justin Levine really hit the nail on the head with his post in 2018. Shaving off one’s beard in the dead of winter, and investing in a double-bit ax are normal thoughts and considerations here in the Adirondacks! Perhaps though, it’s his nostalgic appreciation for the SL Winter Carnival, making our LONG winter months more “bear-able” that deserves deep recognition.

2018 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

2018 Adirondack Festival


2017 Saranac Lake winter carnival button and poster

2017 Adirondack Wildlife


2016 Superheroes and Villians


Saranac Lake winter carnival, Groovy 60s

2015 Groovy 60s


2014 Saranac Lake winter carnival

2014 Celtic Winter Carnival


Which ones were particularly memorable for you?
Let us know in the comments!

All images are courtesy of Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

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Sarah lives in the northern ADK's with her husband, 2 daughters, sled dogs and 15+ chickens. She is an aspiring children's book author, and professional Tarot advisor. She wears many hats working with The Adirondack Explorer, and she loves them all.

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