Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adirondack Calendar of Events: What to do December 9-11, 2011

By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series. her first book Adirondack Family Time High Peaks/Tri-Lakes: Your Four-Season Guide to over 300 activities, $17.95 available online and bookstore . With over 33 easy hikes to walk, cross-country (XC) ski or snowshoe in winter, 21 historic sites, 19 swimming holes, farmers markets, playgrounds, seasonal activities, maps, pictures and GPS coordinates. 


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for December 9-11, 2011.  In the Tri-Lakes In Lake Placid join in many activities for its annual Holiday Stroll. Saranac Lake has holiday activities each weekend in December. Around the Central Adirondacks it's the annual Snodeo (weather permitting) and in the southern Adirondacks see the Adirondack Ballet's Nutcracker. 


Have a great weekend from the Adirondack Park! There are a variety of activities and events happening around the Adirondack region this weekend that are great family fun!  
Calendar of Events December 9-11, 2011 
Adirondack High Peaks/Tri-Lakes and Beyond - What to do with kids, family in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)


Central Adirondack Family Time – including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara , Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Northville, Caroga Lake, Star Lake, Croghan, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)


Southern Adirondack Family Time – What to do with kids, family in Schroon Lake, North Creek, Indian Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)


Champlain Valley, Adirondack Lakes Family Time – What to do with kids, family in Ausable Forks, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Port Henry, Elizabethtown and Keeseville, Wadams, Essex and Plattsburgh New York (NY)


High Peaks/Tri-Lakes Region and Beyond Adirondack Family Time
* part of the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll
+part of Saranac Lake Home for the Holidays


Friday - 12/9/11 For Art Events around the Saranac Lake  Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum is now open by appointment only until July 1. Whiteface Memorial Highway is closed to drivers for the season. There is snow on top of Whiteface!
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Whiteface is open
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. High Falls Gorge is now open for the season! Open five days a week (closed on Weds and Thurs only)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Olympic Jumping Center (Elevator only) is open. The Ski Lift will open on December 17.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wild Center is open for every weekend (Friday-Sunday) all winter!
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Olympic Museum open
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sparkle Village Craft Show, Harriettown Town Hall, Saranac Lake
6:30 p.m. Santa arrives in Saranac Lake near Harrietstown Town Hall+
6:30 p.m. FREE ice skating at the Olympic Oval: Lake Placid*
7:00 p.m. Goody Goody's Game Night Saranac Lake+


Saturday - 12/10/11
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Olympic Jumping Center (Elevator only) is open. The Ski Lift will open on December 17.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Whiteface is open
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. High Falls Gorge is now open for the season! Open five days a week (closed on Weds and Thurs only)
10:00 a.m. Cookies by the Pound at the EM Cooper Public Library, Wilmington: Other holiday items, drawing for a Kindle and more
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wild Center is open for every weekend (Friday-Sunday) all winter!
10:00 a.m. Second Story Saturday at The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid (Cookie Cutter Month)
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Opening Day at Titus Mountain, Malone
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Olympic Museum open 
11:00 a.m. FREE holiday story time at the Mirror Lake Inn*
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. FREE showing of the Polar Express at The State Theatre, Tupper Lake
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Enchanted Christmas on Helen Hill Saranac Lake: 12 artists and craftspeople will open their homes. Tour through for unique gift ideas
11:00 a.m. Bowling opens at Romano’s Saranac Lanes in Saranac Lake
noon - 5:00 p.m. Stop by The Local Fringe for Cider and cookies, Saranac Lake +
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. FREE children's crafts at the High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid *
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. FREE gift wrapping, wine tasting and children's holiday movie at The Pines Inn*
4:00 p.m. Yule Log Hunt starts at the High Peaks Resort Lobby, Lake Placid*
5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Mid's Park Holiday Celebration with tree lighting, caroling, yule log lighting*
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE Adventure Movie at the High Peaks Cyclery Guide House in Lake Placid,
7:00 p.m. Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents "Mr Punch's Christmas Carol* 


Sunday - 12/11/11
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa  in Lake Placid*
8:30 a.m. FREE gingerbread house building at Generations Restaurant*
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Whiteface is open: Super Sunday with lift tickets at only $35/adults, $30/teens, $25/juniors
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Olympic Jumping Center (Elevator only) is open. The Ski Lift will open on December 17.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. High Falls Gorge is now open for the season! Open five days a week (closed on Weds and Thurs only)
10:00 a.m. - midnight Bowlwinkles in Lake Placid offers an arcade, laser tag, bowling and more 
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wild Center is open for every weekend (Friday-Sunday) all winter!
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Olympic Museum open
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Indoor Adirondack Farmers' Market at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Annex (until December 17) 
11:00 a.m. FREE movie Polar Express" at the Palace Theatre, Lake Placid*
1:00 p.m. Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents "Mr Punch's Christmas Carol*
5:00 p.m. Want to Learn French? Second Sunday of every month join others for dinner, games and cooking classes. 891-3461 ($20/pp for dinner)
8:00 p.m. Open Mic Night at the Guide House in Lake Placid


Central Adirondack Family Time


Friday - 12/9/11
Towns of Webb and Inlet Snowmobile Trails Open for the Season (weather permitting)


8:00 a.m. Snowmoble Shootout at the White Otter Fish and Game Club, Woodgate
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift is closed until June! Get ready for Ski Season and Opening Day December 10
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adirondack Museum Store is open for Black Friday! Get your own copy of Adirondack Family Time:Tri-Lakes and High Peaks there!
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. the Adirondack Interpretive Center's building is open Tuesday-Saturday. Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day. 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Goodsell Museum presents "Medicine in the North Country"
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  35th annual Snodeo
5:15 p.m. FIREWORKS as part of Snodeo
7:0 p.m. Adirondack Holiday Concert at The View with Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan, $12/$10 members

Saturday – 12/10/11
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour with various fun events throughout the day
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift is closed until June! Get ready for Ski Season and Opening Day December 10
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adirondack Museum Store is open Tuesday-Saturday through December 23! Get your own copy of Adirondack Family Time:Tri-Lakes and High Peaks there!
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. the Adirondack Interpretive Center's building is open Tuesday-Saturday. Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day. 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 35th annual Snodeo
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Long Lake Christmas Craft Fair at Long Lake Central School
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Goodsell Museum presents "Medicine in the North Country"
noon - 4:00 p.m. FREE horse-drawn wagon rides on Main Street, Old Forge
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Snodeo welcomes Santa Claus
1:00 p.m. Peter O'Shea will lead a nature walk at the Newcomb VIC, preregistration is required, 
6:00 p.m. Chili dinner as part of Full Moon Ski/Snowshoe at the Newcomb Adirondack Interpretive Center $5/pp
7:00 p.m. Full Moon Ski/Snowshoe at the Newcomb Adirondack Interpretive Center with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallow to follow
7:30 p.m. Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts presents Cinderella at the Indian Lake Theatre, Country Christmas Tour, Indian Lake $15 / $10 members - *Children 12 and under $5 with parent)


Sunday - 12/11/11
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift is closed until June! Get ready for Ski Season and Opening Day December 10
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. the Adirondack Interpretive Center's building is open Tuesday-Saturday. Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day. 
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Adirondack Museum is closed for the season
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 35th annual Snodeo
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cookie Swap in Inlet Town Hall: Bring 3 doz cookies to share and take home 3 doz assorted cookies! (don't forget to include the recipe)

Lake Champlain Adirondack Family Time
In Redford there is a new Genealogical Society in Redford for all those looking and searching for interesting family and local history for the Saranac Valley. 


Friday - 12/9/11 


9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fort Ticonderoga is closed for the season until Fort Fever Series begins January 22 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hancock House in Ticonderoga is open Wed-Saturday  
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Public skating at the Rouses Point Civic Center
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday Night Magic at the Champlain Centre Mall Courtyard

10:30 p.m. Canada Pacific Holiday Train in Rouses Point!

Saturday - 12/10/11
9:00 a.m. Story Time and craft at the AuSable Forks FREE Library
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fort Ticonderoga is closed for the season until Fort Fever Series begins January 22 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hancock House in Ticonderoga is open Wed-Saturday
10:00 a.m. Lowes' Build and Grow Clinic in Plattsburgh: Make a FREE wooden toy
10:30 a.m. Story Time at the Chazy Public Library, 9633 State Route 9 for ages 3-8
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Open Skating at the Rouses Point Rec Center
6:00 p.m. Second Saturday Cinema presents a FREE showing of the 1939 MGM classic: The Wizard Of Oz in Plattsburgh
8:00 p.m. The Champlain Valley Film Society presents "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (G) at the Willsboro Central School, Q and A with Dr. Ray Johnson following a documentary about the Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in southern France



Sunday - 12/11/11
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fort Ticonderoga is closed for the season until Fort Fever Series begins January 22 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Visit Santa at Aviation Mall in Queensbury until Dec 24
1:00 p.m. Festival of Trees at The Hancock House, Ticonderoga
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free kids arts and crafts at Checkerhill Farms, Plattsburgh Call Barb at 561-4589
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open Skating at the Scott's Memorial Rink in Chazy




Southern Adirondack Family Time
Circle B Ranch in Chestertown is open on holidays and weekends in the fall, winter and spring, 518-494-4888  (click on the link for a coupon) 


Friday - 12/9/11
Check out the Saratoga and North Creek Railway 
Check out the Schedule of classes at the Adirondack Folk School 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Gore Mountain is open for the season (weather permitting) Save $10 through Dec 16 by bringing nonperishable food item 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Public skating at the Lake George Forum (mon-fri) $5/adults,$3/children)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Ridin-Hy Ranch, $30 includes lunch, horseback ride and all activities
3:30 p.m. Fun activities at the Crandall Public Library Glens Falls for ages 9-12 each week
7:30 p.m. Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts presents Cinderella at the Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek $15 / $10 members - *Children 12 and under $5 with parent)


Saturday – 12/10/11
Check out the Saratoga and North Creek Railway 
Check out the Schedule of classes at the Adirondack Folk School
8:00 a.m. - noon Winter Farmers' Market at South St Pavilion Glens Falls
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Warrensburgh Christmas with crafters and refreshment vendors
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Gore Mountain is open for the season, Save $10 through Dec 16 by bringing nonperishable food item 
10:00 a.m. Old Fashioned Argyle Christmas with Santa and reindeer, horse and wagon rides, caroling and tree lighting
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls with art activities, $5
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Visit Santa at Aviation Mall in Queensbury until Dec 24
2:30 p.m. Adirondack Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at The Wood Theatre, Glens Falls
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Take the Polar Express
7:30 p.m. Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts presents Cinderella at the Newcomb Central School $15 / $10 members - *Children 12 and under $5 with parent)
7:30 p.m.. Adirondack Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at The Wood Theatre, Glens Falls

Sunday - 12/11/11 Check out the Saratoga and North Creek Railway  Check out the Schedule of classes at the Adirondack Folk School
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Gore Mountain is open for the season. Save $10 through Dec 16 by bringing nonperishable food item 
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Upstate Model Railroaders Holiday Train Show at the Glens Falls Civic Center
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day trips to Ridin-Hy Ranch, $30 includes lunch, horseback ride and all activities
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Visit Santa at Aviation Mall in Queensbury until Dec 241:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Discovery Day at the Hyde Museum, Glens Falls 
2:30 p.m. Adirondack Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at The Wood Theatre, Glens Falls
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Take the Polar Express




photos and content © Diane Chase, used with permission of the Adirondack Family Activities Guidebook Series Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes  & High Peaks – July 2011 Adirondack Family Time: Adirondack Coast - Plattsburgh to Ticonderoga – July 2012 Adirondack Family Time: Central Adirondack – July 2013 Adirondack Family Time: Southern Adirondacks – Lake George July 2013 © Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) available online or bookstores/museums July 2011. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities..

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