There's something special about Lake Placid's real-life winter wonderland feel when the holiday season hits – a time when playing in the snow, downhill skiing at Whiteface Mountain, taking brisk winter walks in the woods, and more combine to create something truly magical.
If you're vacationing during the holidays, we've got a few tips for the best ways to make your trip a memorable getaway, one that you'll reflect fondly on for years to come.
- Thanksgiving in the Mountains: Looking to get away for Turkey Day? A number of area restaurants offer dinner with all of the fixings, but if it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a day of cooking, many of our vacation rentals offer full-sized kitchens. Pick up fresh Adirondack foods from the local winter farmers' market at the Harrietstown Town Hall in nearby Saranac Lake and prepare your own traditional spread, just like at home.
- Main Street Shopping: Lake Placid's quaint Main Street is filled with a variety of locally owned shops, ranging from clothing boutiques to candy and jewelry stores. Bring that shopping list along during your Lake Placid family holiday and check off a few items with unique gifts from local Lake Placid businesses.
- Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll: Held annually in December, the Holiday Village Stroll is a weekend-long event the whole family can enjoy, with a jam-packed schedule of events including a skating party, traditional community Yule Log Hunt, Christmas tree lighting and more.
- Santa's Workshop at the North Pole, NY: The ultimate Christmas attraction, visit this retro theme park to meet Santa and his reindeer, take a photo with the frosty North Pole, and see their incredible lights display at the Village of Lights, offered select nights in December.
- The New Year's Ski Jump: If you find yourself in Lake Placid around the New Year, this is a must-attend event. Watch as ski jumpers soar through the air off of the 90-meter Olympic Ski Jump, traveling the length of a football field before landing on the hill below.