Your favorite alfresco holiday markets are over, but don’t fret—there are still plenty of awesome things to do in winter throughout New York state! Mark your calendars and start planning your weekend getaways because you’ll definitely want to add a winter carnival to your winter bucketlist. We've ranked our favorite winter festivals below, take a look!
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Find a winter carnival in New York State
We love winter thanks to the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The popular hangout is hosting a two-day Winter Carnival that is bursting with kick-ass activities. Highlights include the “Ice Ball”, where you’re encouraged to dress in formal wares and waltz (or try to) on The Rink, curling lessons, a silent disco and Ice golf—yes, golfing on ice. Make sure to grab a beer at the Outdoor Winter Brew House, peruse fine fare from local vendors and play some board games once the post-skate exhaustion truly sets in. February 5, 6 noon–10pm, (wintervillage.org/visit/wintercarnival); Free.
Lake George Winter Carnival
If toasting marshmallows on the beach, warming-up with a steamy bowl of chili, flying a massive kite on ice, riding on a dogsled ($20) and learning how to dive in frozen water piques your interest, Lake George is calling. There are new events every weekend in February that are perfect for folks seeking adventure or a life of leisure. Saturdays & Sundays in February (lakegeorgewintercarnival.com); various prices.
For ten days, this fete attracts more than 100,000 people to dozens of displays, parties and competitive events. Join in on a treasure hunt (there’s a plastic medallion hidden somewhere in Onondaga County, and you could win $1,000 if you find it), a chowder cook-off, and team trivia. But we’re most excited for the Martini and Bloody Mary mix-offs, where downtown area restaurants will compete to see who has the best Hurricane and Bloody Mary Mix in the nabe (tickets, $5). Yum! February 11–21 (syracusewinterfest.com); various prices.
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
Itching to plan a getaway next month? We recommend taking a trip to Saranac Lake for a weekend of cold-weather fun. Some events are free (like the Gala Parade, winter carnival parade, bands’ sound-off and a fireworks display), while others require a small fee, like Snowshoe Softball and the Lion’s Club Chili Sale. Make sure to bring your camera and explore the Ice Palace (a massive walk-through igloo-type castle), so you can act out Disney’s hit movie Frozen IRL. February 5–14 (saranaclakewintercarnival.com); Free.
Long Island Winterfest
From winter to spring, Saturday nights heat up with some cool jazz on Long Island’s East End. Live On the Vine brings top-notch musicians to the area’s storied wine-tasting rooms and with 90 exciting events over a five-week period, you have plenty of opportunities to drink and jam out to groups such as Jukebox Explosion, Songs in the Attic, Bobby Sexton Jazz Trio. February 19–March 20 (liwinterfest.com); various prices.