Winter Events

Winter Events

We got to see some of our events come back last season, but it seems as though we are going to get a few more this year! 2022 looks promising and there are a lot of exciting things happening around the region. From pondskimming to winter festivals, there is something for everyone this winter in Hamilton County!

Here are a few of our events that you can expect this coming winter ...


A man in a chicken costume on a snowboard participates in pondskimming to see how far he can get across the water.

Located in the southern Adirondack Region, Speculator is a spectacular "all-season vacationland." The village sits on the shore of beautiful Lake Pleasant and offers a community atmosphere amid a vast, pristine wilderness. And, best of all, there are winter events all season long!

New Years Eve at Oak Mountain, 12/31/2021

Say goodbye to 2021 and ring in 2022 with all of your friends at Oak Mountain. Enjoy their annual torch light parade and fireworks!

Cardboard Sled Race, 3/5/2022

Build your cardboard sled and race it down Oak Mountain! Sleds can be made only from cardboard. No metal or wood! Prizes will be awarded for speed as well as creativity. Even if you don't want to participate, spectating is a hoot!

Oak Mountain's Annual Pondskimming, 3/19/2022

Pondskimming is another event that is great for participants as well as spectators! Skiers and snowboarders will don silly costumes and try their best to make it across the small hand dug pond at the bottom of the bunny hill. 


Winter in Inlet is incredible. It's a snowmobiling paradise, plus a cool winter festival means there is something for everyone!

A group of people stands around a large bonfire in winter.

Inlet's Frozen Fire and Lights Festival, 2/26/2022

Always on the last Saturday in February, the Frozen Fire and Lights Festival is a staple in Inlet. Enjoy free sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing all day at Fern Park. Relax by the bonfire, and enjoy some fireworks and live music. And don't miss out on the all new Outhouse Races making their debut this year! (Don't forget to check out the rules and regulations!)

Long Lake

Long Lake may be all water fun in the warmer months, but winter is just as exciting!

A group of people dressed in winter clothes and some in royal robes smile during winter carnival.

Long Lake Winter Carnival, 1/15/2022

This carnival is full of fun for the whole family! Live ice carvings, the royal coronation, cardboard sled races, the ladies frying pan toss, and more! Stick around until 6:30 p.m. and see the fireworks show. 

Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, 2/12/2022

This fishing derby takes place on Long Lake and Lake Eaton, with prizes for salmon, trout, and northern pike. The awards ceremony will take place at the Long Lake Diner at 3:30 p.m.!

Hors D'oeuvres Tour, 2/23/2022

The hit Hors D'oeuvres Tour is back! Sign up to sample hors d'oeuvres of the Chef's choice many of the restaurants through town. The Long Lake Little Bus will escort you through town. Make your reservations for this tour now!

Raquette Lake 

Raquette Lake might be small, but there are big winter events!

A young child in a colorful jacket holds a fish caught while ice fishing.

Annual Mike Norris Fishing Derby, 1/29/2022

This fishing derby is held on the last Saturday in January on Raquette Lake. Registration starts at 6 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. First line in is 7 a.m.!

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival, 2/19-20/2022 

Celebrate winter in style at the Raquette Lake Winter Carnival! This event will have activities for everyone! Kids activities start at 11 a.m. and later in the afternoon you can try your hand at the ladies frying pan toss or play some ice golf. Saturday night will have fireworks at dusk. Sunday is the timed cross-cut and chainsaw competition!

Indian Lake

Nestled in the Adirondacks, Indian Lake is a robust community offering exciting attractions, a vibrant heritage, and easy-access outdoor recreation. And fun winter events for the entire family!

Three snowmobiles race on a groomed trail.

Indian Lake Ice Fishing Derby, 2/26/2022

Details on this event are still forthcoming, but check for more information!

Snocade, 2/19-26/2022

Snocade is always an eventful week in Indian Lake! Celebrate all things snow with family events, snowmobile time trials, movies at the Indian Lake Theater, kitty kat races, cardboard sled races, Snowmobile safety courses, and much more!

We hope to see you this winter in Hamilton County! Don't forget to make your lodging and dining reservations so you don't miss out on any of the fun.

*Think snow!*