Holiday Season

Spend the holidays in the Lake George Region! Find out about family-friendly 2013 holiday events, holiday activities & attractions, holiday shopping (Christmas gifts), and holiday dining – thru the first of the 2014 year… including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Scroll down to browse this Thanksgiving, Christmas & Holiday Guide. Happy Holidays!

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Special Holiday Events

Tis the season for Holiday Events! A few of the popular festivities have been featured below –  including tree lighting ceremonies, holiday open houses, music, visit with Santa, caroling, kids activities, and much more! For a more detailed list of holiday events, please visit the following pages:

Events Calendar 

Antique & Art Events


• Lake George Polar Plunge

Nov. 16, 2013
Special Olympics of New York
12PM plunge
Shepard Park on Canada Street in Lake George Village
(518) 388-0790 x190.

• Antiques Market Place Holiday Open House

Nov. 23-24, 2013
– Shop for antique & vintage gifts: Christmas decorations, prints, jewelry, books, & much more!
9AM-5:30PM (Sat. & Sun.)
Antiques Market Place, Queensbury
(518) 798-0010   Click here for more info.

• South Glens Falls 2013 Holiday Parade

Nov. 24, 2013
Winter Wonderland Parade, floats, bands, and marchers.
Route 9 (Saratoga Avenue), South Glens Falls

•  The Shirt Factory Holiday Open House

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 & Dec. 14-15, 2013
– Find original art & handmade items by local artists & artisans.
The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls

• Lite Up The Village in Lake George

Nov. 30, 2013
– Tree lighting ceremony, holiday music, visit with Santa, Fireworks & more!
Shepard Park & Fire House, Lake George Village
(518) 668-5771

• Thurman Country Christmas Bazaar

Nov. 30, 2013
– Enjoy seasonal shopping and find an array of local craftsmen’s handiwork; benefits Thurman’s Christmas Basket Fund.
Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Road in Athol
(518) 623-9718.

• Glenwood Manor Antiques Center’s Christmas Open House

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2013
–  A fun and fabulous antiques & vintage Holiday open house with sales, refreshments & door prizes. See the holiday decorated house!
Glenwood Manor Antiques Center, Corner of Quaker Rad. & Glenwood Ave. in Queensbury
(518) 798-4747

• Bolton Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 1, 2013
– Enjoy Holiday shopping & dining at local merchants & restaurants throughout the weekend, as well as great activities including hayrides, Santa, Christmas caroling, and lighting of Christmas tree.
Rogers’ Memorial Park & Main Street in Bolton Landing
(518) 644-3831.

• Downtown Glens Falls Hometown Holidays Celebration

Dec. 6, 2013
– Holiday music by strolling Christmas carolers, activities & tree lighting ceremony
Downtown Glens Falls

• Holidays on the Hudson at Hadley

Dec. 6, 2013
– German dinner, caroling stroll, Story of Christmas, hot chocolate and more.
Hadley Community/ Senior Center/ Rockwell Street Park in Hadley

• Lake Luzerne Holiday Festival

Dec. 6, 2013
– Dedication to the “Lake Luzerne Mural 2013,” entertainment, lighting of the Children’s Tree, Santa, festivities & activities with the Warren County Sheriff and Glens Falls National Bank, artists exhibiting, and more.
Various locations/ Main Street in Lake Luzerne

• Town of Queensbury Tree Lighting & Children’s Holiday Party

Dec. 6, 2013
– Tree lighting, holiday party, kids activities (horse-drawn wagon rides, face-painting), games, refreshments & visit with Santa, Mrs. Clause & Frostbury the Snowman.
Queensbury Town Hall & Activity Center

• North Country Festival of Trees

Dec. 6-8, 2013
– Winter wonderland with decorated trees, holiday shop with handmade items, breakfast with Santa, Sugar Plum Ball, & more!
A Prospect Child and Family Center benefit at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls

• Chestertown’s Christmas with Santa & Christmas Cantata

Dec. 7-8, 2013
– Saturday:  Visit with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday music, & gifts (10AM-12Noon) at Town of Chester Municipal Center
– Saturday:  Christmas Cantata performance 7PM at St. Sacrament Episcopal Church in Bolton Landing
– Sunday: Christmas Cantata performance 3PM at The Community United Methodist Church in Chestertown.

• Christmas in Warrensburg

Dec. 7-8, 2013
– Tree lighting ceremony, music, kids activities, caroling, bazaars, and more
Town of Warrensburg

• Holiday Party & Auction Benefit for Women & Families in Need

Dec. 12, 2013
– Help women and children in the Lake George Region community by attending & donating to this annual holiday party & auction. Bid on great holiday gifts & spectacular gift certificates… all while helping those in need! Proceeds from auction & donations are used to help women & their families with food, fuel, clothes & other various expenses.
Auction at Mario’s Restaurant in Lake George
Lake George Region Women for W.I.N.

•  The Shirt Factory December Open House

Dec. 14-15, 2013
– Find original art & handmade items by local artists & artisans.
The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls

• New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise

Dec. 31, 2013
– Take an evening dinner cruise on Lake George.
Sails 6-8PM
Lake George Steamboat Co. in Lake George Village

• New Year’s Eve Party & Fireworks Cruise

Dec. 31, 2013
– Take a night cruise on Lake George & enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks.
Sails 10PM – 12:30AM
Lake George Steamboat Co. in Lake George Village

• New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

Jan. 1, 2014
– Take a cruise on Lake George & enjoy a spectacular brunch.
Sails 12Noon- 2:15PM
Lake George Steamboat Co. in Lake George Village

• New Year’s Day Frostbite Cruise

Jan. 1, 2014
– Take a cruise on Lake George & enjoy an assorted menu and  live entertainment.
Sails at Noon and 2:30PM
Shoreline Cruises in Lake George Village

Looking for more events? Check out the Events Calendar & Antique & Art Events pages for a more detailed list.


Holiday Activities & Attractions

You will fully enjoy the Holidays & Winter season in the Adirondack Region when partaking in these fun-filled activities & attractions. Find a variety of things to do – from caroling, sleigh riding, meeting Santa, shopping, & holiday musical performances  – to hockey games, New Year’s boat cruises, fishing & horseback riding. Please note that some activities & attractions are available all year round, and others only at certain times thru New Year’s.


Partake in these activities with the whole family…

Antiquing – great for holiday gifts!

• Boat Cruising – see above under events for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

Caroling, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Dining – also see Holiday Dining below


Fishing & Ice Fishing

Holiday Performances, Concerts & Shows

Holiday Festivals & Ceremonies

Horseback Riding & Winter Horseback Riding

Meeting Santa & his friends


Roller Skating

Shopping – also see Holiday Shopping below




Train Riding (The Polar Express!)

Tube Sliding

Winter Sleigh Rides


Visit the following attractions for great holiday & winter fun…

Adventure Racing

Bennett’s Riding Stable

Circle B Ranch

Chapman Museum

Fun Spot

Lake George Steamboat

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves

RockSport Indoor Climbing Facility

Santa’s Workshop/ North Pole

Saratoga North Creek Railway

Shoreline Cruises

Tubby Tubes Slide Park



Holiday Shopping

If you are looking to do some holiday shopping this season, you will be pleasantly surprised as to the variety of unique items the Lake George & Adirondack Regions have to offer. Find the perfect Christmas gifts from local businesses, as well as from holiday bazaars, special seasonal holiday shops, and craft shows selling fine handmade items made by local artists & regional artisans.


• Holiday Shops, Craft Shows, Bazaars – For unique holiday shopping, don’t forget about the special hidden holiday treasures! Regional craft shows, church bazaars, art centers’ holiday open houses & other festive holiday events can yield the most perfect gift. Here, you will find a variety of hand-made & unique items. You can find more information on these holiday shops, craft shows, & bazaars on the Antique & Art Events page. For a complete list of holiday open houses in area towns & villages that are welcoming Christmas shoppers, please visit the Calendar Events page.

• Shopping Guide – To find the perfect gift, search the Lake George Guide’s Shopping Guide. Here, you can search out local shops & stores by clicking on your preferred shopping categories. See below for a list of stores.

Lake George Region Shops & Online Stores – these local businesses are open during the holiday & winter season:


Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

Local artist, Cyndie Wade, creates the most perfectly unique & one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts… custom hand painted Christmas ornaments! Have a picture of your house, pet, favorite vacation spot, baby’s 1st Christmas, Lake George landmark, snow family with your personal message, etc…. delicately hand painted on a ornament ball. Specialty custom hand-painted glasses also available… great for wedding favors!  Click here for more information or visit official website at



Holiday Dining

Eat, drink and be Merry! Looking to dine together with friends & family during the holiday season, searching for a great establishment to have a holiday party, or trying to find a quick bite eatery while holiday shopping? Enjoy these Lake George Region restaurants & dining options open during the holidays & all year round! Don’t forget… dining gift certificates make great holiday gifts!


Bistro LeRoux

Blue Moose Tavern & Restaurant

Ciro’s Restaurant

The Docksider Restaurant & Bar

Fort William Henry

Frank’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Georgian Resort’s Giovanna’s on the Lake

Inn at Erlowest

Log Jam Restaurant

Mama Riso’s


Mario’s Restaurant

Massie’s Restaurant

New Way Lunch

Pizza Jerks

The Silo

… also check out the Winter Farmers’ Markets open November thru Spring.

For more area holiday information on activities, shopping & dining, please visit these Official Regional Information Sources  and our Winter Season page.

Winter Season page