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If your idea of winter fun is to stay indoors under the warm blanket, you can reconsider after visiting The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival located in the pre-historic Adirondack forest. The Winter Carnival takes place every February at various locations near Saranac Lake. The festival's major attraction is The Saranac Lake Ice Palace, which is erected on Lake Flower's shores at Pontiac Bay.
This ten-day festival includes sports, cross-country races, two parades, Arctic golf, performances, hockey tournament, skating, and three sets of spectacular fireworks.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival began as a one-day winter carnival back in 1897, which later was expanded into the Pontiac Club Carnival in 1898. This makes it the longest-running winter festival in the eastern U.S. The village of Saranac Lake lies in the Adirondack Park, with nearby Lake Placid and Tupper Lake it forms the so-called Tri-Lakes region, a favorite recreation spot during all seasons.