Perfect holidays, perfect vacations
Snow-covered mountains, iced-over lakes, and snowflakes that swirl around like a perfect natural snowglobe. Winter in Lake Placid is magical, especially around the holidays. We have a jam-packed calendar featuring a variety of town-wide events and activities, helping to make the season even livelier. We love the holidays so much we begin the fun in mid-December with the Holiday Village Stroll and extend our celebrations into the New Year. Whether you're looking for family fun or a romantic weekend with your sweetheart, come to Lake Placid this holiday season.
Unwrap the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll magic
Come celebrate the holiday season December 13 - 15 in the perfect alpine village! Join in the fun as Lake Placid transforms into a winter wonderland amid a flurry of family activities, dancing sugar plums, and Santa sightings!
The Holiday Village Stroll is a Lake Placid tradition that is an entire weekend chock full of events, entertainment, dining specials, and shopping in the fairy tale winter wonderland of Lake Placid. Bring your little ones — there are a lot of free kids activities, and Santa himself always makes appearances in several locations throughout the weekend. For adults, there are dining specials and live entertainment that stretches into the late evening hours.
Why we're on the nice list
In Lake Placid, we love to make vacation dreams come true and the holiday season is no different. We have activities for all ages and interests; all you need to bring is your sense of adventure!
What's more picturesque than skating surrounded by Christmas lights? Lace up a pair of skates to glide your way along the Olympic Oval. Day or night, the skating is wonderful, with festive lights, mountain views, and outdoor fun all wrapped up in one pretty package. Best of all, the oval is in walking distance of downtown's hotels, restaurants, and shops. Just a short walk away from the oval and Olympic Center, Mirror Lake has skating too, plus pickup hockey games, dog sledding, and a zippy toboggan chute! The ride down the chute and onto the frozen lake is a speedy way to have some fun. Winter also means sleigh rides! With the jingle of sleigh bells and snowy scenes around you, you'll feel like you're living — or at least vacationing — in a Christmas carol.
We're foodies year round in Lake Placid, but there's something about the holidays that makes our chefs and bartenders throw a festive twist on their menus. After a day on the slopes, ice, or the toboggan chute, settle in for a cozy meal at a warm, cheerful restaurant, where candles mingle with jaunty boughs of evergreen and ornaments and there are decorated trees everywhere. Sip hot cider or a curated cocktail and dig in to our farm-to-table offerings inspired by the season, whether it's roast beast or a peppermint-swirled dessert.
For downhill adventurers, take a glorious guided run at Whiteface prior to opening and enjoy the freshies with the free First Tracks program for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. With the sun rising shortly before your start, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Adirondacks. First Tracks is limited to fourteen skiers/riders, who must be be ready to go at 7:45 a.m. A valid lift ticket or season pass is required. Make your reservation today!
If downhill isn't your thing, don't worry, we've got you covered. Cross-country is a great way to explore the winter wonderland that is Lake Placid and you'll love being immersed in snowy woods. The Cascade Cross Country Ski Center offers gear rentals — snowshoes, too! — and 20km of groomed trails. With Kicker's Restaurant and a Nordic shop, skiers of all abilities will find plenty to enjoy here. At Mount Van Hoevenberg, try out the complete cross-country ski experience, which includes a trail pass, rentals, and expert instruction in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Ski to Josie's Cabin and enjoy a hot treat!
Olympic Sites Passport
Visit all of the Olympic Venues with a single Olympic Sites Passport. The passport includes admission to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, where you can learn about our amazing winter sports history, including the legendary 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey game. At $35, the winter passport is a great deal!
Destination: December 25
Here on Christmas Day and looking for some extra fun and adventure? Lake Placid is ready. While most of our shops are closed, some of our restaurants offer special holiday meals — with great views, too! — and we've got plenty of outdoor activities open that day. Whiteface Mountain is open normal hours on Christmas, while the Mt. Van Hoevenberg XC Ski Center is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m for skiing, snowshoeing, and self-guided tours.
Join us in Lake Placid for the holidays, for an afternoon, day, or week. We'll get the cocoa ready.