Adirondack Events and Activities for December 18-20, 2015 (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Old Forge, Inlet, Long Lake, Indian Lake, Lake George, Plattsburgh)

The Adirondack Carousel Holiday Party!
Fun Adirondack (ADK) family activities and events for everyone: kid-friendly, parents, families, pet-owners singletons, handicap-accessible or retired.

December 18-20, 2015 

Highlights: Ugly Sweater Day, Pendragon Theatre's free holiday party, Adirondack Carousel's Christmas Party, FREE Lake Placid's Palace Theatre Holiday movie,  Adk Lakes Center for the Arts Soup for the Soul at the ADK Museum, The Real Christmas Story at Lake George Forum, The Nutcracker at Woods Theatre,  Albany Capital Lights, Polar Express Train and more! Enjoy!

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Have a great weekend from the Adirondack (ADK) Park! There are a variety of activities and events happening around the Adirondack (ADK) region this weekend that are great family fun, not just for kids!

Calendar of Weekend Events for December 18-20, 2015


Adirondack High Peaks/Lake Placid/Saranac Lake EventsWhat to do in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Vermontville, Town of Saranac, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley, Malone, New York (NY)
Old Forge/Inlet/Long Lake (Central Adirondack Events) Hamilton County, NY– including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara, Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Northville,North Creek, Caroga Lake, Star Lake, Speculator, Croghan, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)


Lake George/ Southern Adirondack Events– What to do in Schroon Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)


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




Lake Placid/Saranac Lake/High Peaks (Tri-Lakes) Events
Saranac Lake Civic Center December Public Skating times (next date: December 20 at 2 pm; Dec 24: Skate with Santa at 11:45 am, Dec 27 at 12:45 pm
• North County Community College pool: will be closed for the semester starting December 11-January 25: Open  January 11-14 and January 18-21 from 10 am - 2 pm

Friday - December 18, 2015 - National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Dawn - Dusk Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake trails for walking and mountain biking (free until the snow flies)
Dawn - Dusk: Hike, mountain bike or XC ski the XC trails at Pisgah Mountain, Saranac Lake (free)
Dawn to Dusk:Paul Smith's VIC trails are (free until the snow flies) Call 327-6241The building is open 9 am - 5 pm Tues-Sun.
Dawn - dusk: Henry's Woods, Lake Placid hiking/running trails (free)
Dawn - Dusk: Heaven Hill Orchard Loop, Lake Placid hiking/running trails (free)
Dawn to Dusk: Paul Smith's VIC trails (free until the snow flies) Call 327-6241. The building is open 9 am - 5 pm Tues-Sun.
8:30 am - 4 pm Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is open for the season 
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Jumping Center (Elevator only)
10 am - 4 pm Historic Saranac Lake Museum presents "Medical Marvels" in the John Black room (Open Tues - Sat)
10 am - 4 pm Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Wilmington (Thursdays - Mondays)
10 am– 5 pm The Wild Center is open weekends with these exceptions: Open Dec. 26-31 (10 am - 5 pm), President's week (3rd week in February and Martin Luther King Day, Closed:Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the month of April
10 am – 5 pm Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Ironman Sunday
noon - 3 am Bowling at Romano’s Saranac Lanes in Saranac Lake
noon - 3 pm Public Skating at the Tupper Lake Civic Center
3 pm - midnight Bowlwinkles in Lake Placid offers public bowling
3:15 pm Lake Placid Public Library presents "Magic and Levitating Language" for grades 3-5. Discover simple tricks of magic through hands-on learning along with book oaks and read alouds. Call 523-3200 (Offered December 4,11,18)
4-8 pm Bowlwinkles Indoor Bounce House Open
5-8 pm BluSeed Studio Holiday Open House: refreshments and celebration of local art
6 pm  The Wead Library, Malone presents Movie Night: "Charlie Brown Christmas/Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas"
7:30 - 9 pm Handel's Messiah at the First United Methodist Church, Saranac Lake 

Saturday -December 19, 2015 
**  = Lake Placid Holiday Stroll
Dawn - Dusk Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake trails for walking and mountain biking (free until the snow flies)
Dawn - Dusk: Hike, mountain bike or XC ski the XC trails at Pisgah Mountain, Saranac Lake (free)
Dawn - dusk: Henry's Woods, Lake Placid hiking/running trails (free)
Dawn - Dusk: Heaven Hill Orchard Loop, Lake Placid hiking/running trails (free)
Dawn to Dusk:Paul Smith's VIC trails are (free until the snow flies) Call 327-6241The building is open 9 am - 5 pm Tues-Sun.
8:30 am - 4 pm Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is open 
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Jumping Center (Elevator only) is open
9 am – 4 pm High Falls Gorge after Thanksgiving - Dec 24 (Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun), Dec 26-Jan 26 open daily) Winter = $14, Children (4-12) $10, Try the Mining activity
10 am - 3:30 pm North Pole Yuletide Family Weekends (Saturday and Sunday though December 23)
10 am– 5 pm The Wild Center is open weekends with these exceptions: Open Dec. 26-31 (10 am - 5 pm), President's week (3rd week in February and Martin Luther King Day, Closed:Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the month of April
10 am - 4 pm Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Wilmington (Thursdays - Mondays)
10 am - midnight Bowlwinkles in Lake Placid offers an arcade and public bowling
10 am - 8 pm Bowlwinkles Indoor Bounce House : Saturday Special Bounce and Bowling (ages 4-12) $8/child
10 am - 2 pm Indoor Farmers Market Harrietstown Hall Saranac Lake (through December 19)
10 am – 5 pm Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Ironman Sunday
11 am - 3 pm Adirondack Carousel is open, $2/ride, multiple tickets available for discount. (Nov 2- June 24) 
noon - 5 pm Gail Brill's Enchanted Christmas, Saranac Lake  - arts, crafts, treats
noon - 3 am Bowling at Romano’s Saranac Lanes in Saranac Lake
1 pm Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents "The Magic Flute" An encore presentation with the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
5 pm Pendragon Theatre presents "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Adult/$15, Children (Under 12)/$8, Student/Senior/$10 - additional shows: Dec 22,23,26 at 7 pm and Dec 27 at 2 pm

33 easy hikes 19 swimming holes, 4-season
acitivities, ski trails, trivia and maps!
Sunday - December 20, 2015
Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake trails for walking and mountain biking (free until the snow flies)
Dawn - Dusk: Hike, mountain bike or XC ski the XC trails at Pisgah Mountain, Saranac Lake (free)
Dawn - dusk: Henry's Woods, Lake Placid hiking/running trails (free)
Dawn - Dusk: Heaven Hill Orchard Loop, Lake Placid hiking/running trails (free)
Dawn to DuskPaul Smith's VIC trails (free until the snow flies) Call 327-6241The building is open 9 am - 5 pm Tues-Sun.
 8:30 am - 4 pm  Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is open (Don't miss "Why Not Wednesday" - bring a Coca-Cola product to the Whiteface ticket window and get a $48 lift ticket)
9 am - 4 pm Olympic Jumping Center (Elevator only)
9 am – 4 pm High Falls Gorge after Thanksgiving - Dec 24 (Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun), Dec 26-Jan 26 open daily) Winter = $14, Children (4-12) $10, Try the Mining activity
10 am - 3:30 pm North Pole Yuletide Family Weekends (Saturday and Sunday though December 23) 
10 am– 5 pm The Wild Center is open weekends with these exceptions: Open Dec. 26-31 (10 am - 5 pm), President's week (3rd week in February and Martin Luther King Day, Closed:Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the month of April
10 am - 4 pm Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Wilmington (Thursdays - Mondays)
10 am – 5 pm Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Ironman Sunday
11 am - 3 pm Adirondack Carousel is open, $2/ride, multiple tickets available for discount. (Nov 2- June 24) 
Join Pendragon Theatre for its FREE
family holiday party
noon - 9 pm Bowling at Romano’s Saranac Lanes in Saranac Lake
noon- midnight Bowlwinkles in Lake Placid offers public bowling
noon - 8 pm Bowlwinkles Indoor Bounce House
1 pm  FREE Holiday Movie "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" at The Lake Placid Palace Theatre: Visit Santa, free popcorn and goodie bag
1-4 pm Tupper Lake Civic Center presents FREE skating, pizza and soft drinks party. (Meet Santa at 2 pm)
2 pm Pendragon Theatre presents "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Adult/$15, Children (Under 12)/$8, Student/Senior/$10 - additional shows: Dec 22,23,26 at 7 pm and Dec 27 at 2 pm
2 pm Saranac Lake Civic Center Public Skating 
2-4 pm Adirondack Carousel Christmas Party - Ride the carousel, visit Santa, make your own gingerbread house with Chef David Hunt $5/child, $20/family
4:30 - 8 pm North Pole Yuletide Family Weekends Village of Lights December 6, 13, 20, 22,23 
7-8 pm Pendragon Theatre's FREE Holiday Party:  raffle, food, drink, music and sing-a-long
7 pm The Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents "Bolshoi Ballet Live in HD: The Nutcracker


Old Forge/Inlet/Long Lake/North Creek 
Friday -December 18, 2015
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Dawn to Dusk: Adirondack Interpretive trails, Newcomb are open FREE
8:30 am - 4 pm Gore Mountain is open 
10 am - 4pm Adirondack Museum Gift Shop will be open Wednesday - Sunday  through December 20) 
10 am - 4 pm Gallery open at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
10 am- 4 pm the Adirondack Interpretive Center's building is open Tuesday-Saturday.
10 am- 3 pm Goodsell Museum "Extraordinary Things: 100 years of history" New Exhibit 
10 am Every Friday bring pre-schoolers to the Johnsburg Library, Newcomb for craft and story time (FREE)
5-8 pm The Adirondack Museum presents "Art Center - Soup for the Soul" music, good food, museum open for shopping 
 6 pm Old Forge Library presents "Christmas at then Old Forge Library" with a movie and book reading of "The Night Before Christmas"
7 pm Indian Lake Theatre presents "Spectre"
7:45 pm  Lowville Hometown Theatre presents "Star Wars:The Force Awakens"

Saturday –December 19, 2015 
Dawn to Dusk:Adirondack Interpretive trails, Newcomb are open FREE
8:30 am - 4 pm Gore Mountain is open 
10 am- 3 pm Goodsell Museum presents"Extraordinary Things: 100 years of history"
10 am - 4 pm the Adirondack Interpretive Center's building is open Tuesday-Saturday. Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day.
10 am - 4pm Adirondack Museum Gift Shop will be open Wednesday - Sunday  through December 20) 
10:30 am FREE Bob Thayer Memorial Holiday Movie for Kids at The Strand, Old Forge"Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip" for children 12 and under with adult supervision, all children receive a free popcorn and drink. 

10:30  - 11 am Santa and Mrs Claus visit The Strand Old Forge
2 pm Lowville Hometown Theatre presents "Star Wars:The Force Awakens"

2:30 - 4:30 pm VIEW, Old Forge presents "Make Joy Now - A Tapestry Christmas" $8/member, $10/general, Door $10, $12/general
7 pm Indian Lake Theatre presents "Spectre"
7 pm Lowville Hometown Theatre presents "Star Wars:The Force Awakens"


Sunday - December 20, 2015
Dawn to Dusk:Adirondack Interpretive trails, Newcomb are open FREE
8:30 am - 4 pm Gore Mountain is open 
10 am - 4 pm the Adirondack Interpretive Center's building is open Tuesday-Saturday. Trails are open from dawn to dusk every day.
10 am - 4pm Adirondack Museum Gift Shop will be open Wednesday - Sunday  through December 20) 
2 pm Lowville Hometown Theatre presents "Star Wars:The Force Awakens"
7 pm Lowville Hometown Theatre presents "Star Wars:The Force Awakens"

Westport/Essex/Ticonderoga/Plattsburgh 
(Lake Champlain Events)



Friday -December 18, 2015
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
58 easy hikes, 33 swimming holes,
trivia, maps and four-season fun
for Westport, Ticonderoga
Plattsburgh and the Champlain Valley
Dawn to DuskChamplain Area Trails (CATS)

10 am- noon Inside Farmers Market: Plattsburgh Winter Market at the City Recreation Center, US Oval (Jan 23-April 30 on alternating Saturdays)
10 am - 4 pm Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (Imaginarium) Kids' Station  Museum, Plattsburgh $5/person (ages 1 and over)
10 am – 4 pm Hancock House in Ticonderoga is open Wed-Saturday year-round
10 am - 3 pm Visit the Clinton County Historical Museum, Plattsburgh (Wed-Sat or by appt)
4-10 pm Champy's Fun Zone: mini bowling, glow-in-dark mini golf, arcade, indoor splash park at Comfort Inn, Plattsburgh
5 pm - midnight Open Bowling at Willsborough Bowling in Hillsboro
7 pm Ticonderoga Festival Guild Players present: "A Christmas Carol"$10/adults, Free/children accompanied by an adult


Holiday Market from 1-4 at the Whallonsburg Grange
Saturday -December 19, 2015

• Check out the newly renovated Strand Theatre, Plattsburgh for workshops and events

Come Color at the Plattsburgh Public Library for fun and relaxation during the holiday. Coloring stations set up for all age groups. 

Dawn to Dusk: Champlain Area Trails (CATS)
Dawn to Dusk: Saranac River Trail, Plattsburgh
9 am - 10 pm Champy's Fun Zone: mini bowling, glow-in-dark mini golf, arcade, indoor splash park at Comfort Inn, Plattsburgh
9 am Story Time and craft at the AuSable Forks FREE Library
10 am AuSable Forks Free Library Story time
10 am - 4 pm Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (Imaginarium) Kids' Station  Museum, Plattsburgh $5/person (ages 1 and over)
10 am - 3 pm Visit the Clinton County Historical Museum, Plattsburgh (Wed-Sat or by appt)
10 am – 4 pm Hancock House in Ticonderoga is open Wed-Saturday,year-round
10:30 am Story Time at the Chazy Public Library, 9633 St 
1-4 pm Share the Spirit at the Whallonsburg Grange: children's activities, local food, children's activities, vendors (Bring toiletries, canned goods or cash donations for local pantry)
2 pm The Strand Theatre presents "The Muppet Christmas Carol" $7/general, $5/students, seniors/military
5 pm - midnight Open Bowling at Hillsborough Bowling
7 pm Ticonderoga Festival Guild Players present: "A Christmas Carol"$10/adults, Free/children accompanied by an adult


Sunday - December 20, 2015
Dawn to DuskChamplain Area Trails CATS
9 am - 9 pm Champy's Fun Zone: mini bowling, glow-in-dark mini golf, arcade, indoor splash park  at Comfort Inn, Plattsburgh
10 am - 3 pm Visit the Clinton County Historical Museum, Plattsburgh (Wed-Sat or by appt)
noon - 5 pm Champlain Valley Transportation Museum (Imaginarium)Kids' Station  Museum, Plattsburgh $5/person (ages 1 and over)
2 pm Ticonderoga Festival Guild Players present: "A Christmas Carol"$10/adults, Free/children accompanied by an adult
3 pm Ticonderoga Methodist Church presents "Champlain Valley Choral Holiday" FREE


Lake George/ Southern Adirondack Events
Friday December 18, 2015National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Check out the Schedule of classes at the Adirondack Folk School
• Call for a horse and sleigh/carriage at Circle B Ranch, Chestertown (NY)
8 am - 4 pm Up Yonda Farm,Bolton Landing (Mon-Sat) (Make a holiday wreath: 9am, 10:30 am, noon, 1:30 pm) Parking $4
8:30 am - 9 pm West Mountain is closed for the ski season
9 am - 1 pm Bolton Landing Farmers' Market, Goodman Ave,
9:30 am - 4:30 pm The Children's Museum at Saratoga
9:30 am- 5 pm GO to theWorld Children's Museum, 89 Warren Street, Glens Falls ($5 admission includes program)
(PLAN AHEAD: LAST CHANCE IS DEC 27) noon - 4 pm "More Christmas Through Their Eyes" 130 nativity scenes at Park-Bentley Place, South Glens Falls
noon - Matinee The Real Christmas Story at the Lake George Forum: Dinner Theatre (Ticket price: Dinner and Show adults $45, Children (12 and under) $35, Show Only: Adults $35, Children (12 and under) $25
3:30 pm Fun activities at the Crandall Public Library Glens Falls for ages 9-12 each week
5:30 pm Polar Express Train Ride Saratoga Springs through December 27
5:30-9 pm Quick Response Santa Playland, Round Lake: FREE light show, wagon ride, quick express train ride 
6 pm Evening The Real Christmas Story at the Lake George Forum: Dinner Theatre (Ticket price: Dinner and Show adults $45, Children (12 and under) $35, Show Only: Adults $35, Children (12 and under) $25
6-9 pm Albany Capital Holiday Lights, Washington Park $15/vehicle of max 9, $25/vans (capacity 12-18), $50/vans/apacity(19-28
7-9 pm The Fun SpotQueensbury: laser tag, Roller Skating, Indoor Playground (hours thru 11/21)
7:30 pm Polar Express Train Ride Saratoga Springs through December 27

Saturday –December 19, 2015 
*Check out the Schedule of classes at the Adirondack Folk School
• Call for a horse and sleigh/carriage at Circle B Ranch, Chestertown (NY)
8 am - 4 pm Up Yonda Farm,Bolton Landing (Mon-Sat) 
8:30 am - 8 pm West Mountain is closed for the ski season
9:30 am - 4:30 pm The Children's Museum at Saratoga
9:30 am- 5 pm GO to theWorld Children's Museum, 89 Warren Street, Glens Falls ($5 admission includes program)
10 am Serendipity Arts Studio, 26 Congress St, Saratoga Springs: Felt Ornaments $25
10 am - 4 pm National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs Winter Hours (Sat/Sun)
11 am - 9 pm The Fun SpotQueensbury: laser tag, Roller Skating, Indoor Playground (hours thru 11/21)
noon - 4:30 pm The Children's Museum at Saratoga
(PLAN AHEAD: LAST CHANCE IS DEC 27) noon - 4 pm "More Christmas Through Their Eyes" 130 nativity scenes at Park-Bentley Place, South Glens Falls
noon Matinee The Real Christmas Story at the Lake George Forum: Dinner Theatre (Ticket price: Dinner and Show adults $45, Children (12 and under) $35, Show Only: Adults $35, Children (12 and under) $25
1 pm  Homemade Theatre, Saratoga Springs presents"Miracle on 34th St" play,$12/$18
2:30 pm Woods Theatre, Glens Falls Reality Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker Ballet
2-3:30  Tang Teaching Museum Family Saturday programs on December 5, 12 and 19 in Saratoga Springs (for children 5 and older)

4:30 pm Homemade Theatre, Saratoga Springs presents"Miracle on 34th St" play,$12/$18
5:30-9 pm Quick Response Santa Playland Round Lake: FREE light show, wagon ride, quick express train ride 
5:30 pm Polar Express Train Ride Saratoga Springs through December 27
Matinee The Real Christmas Story at the Lake George Forum: Dinner Theatre (Ticket price: Dinner and Show adults $45, Children (12 and under) $35, Show Only: Adults $35, Children (12 and under) $25
6-10 pm Albany Capital Holiday Lights, Washington Park $15/vehicle of max 9, $25/vans (capacity 12-18), $50/vans/apacity(19-28
7 pm Woods Theatre, Glens Falls Reality Dance Studio's The Nutcracker Ballet
7:30 pm The Glens Falls Civic Center presents Cycle Circus Live $25
 7:30 pm Polar Express Train Ride Saratoga Springs through December 27


Sunday - December 20, 2015
• Check out the Schedule of classes at the Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne
Call for a horse and sleigh/carriage at Circle B Ranch, Chestertown (NY)

10 am - 4 pm National Museum of DanceSaratoga Springs Winter Hours (Sat/Sun)
11 am - 5 pm The Fun Spot, Queensbury: laser tag, Roller Skating, Indoor Playground (hours thru 11/21)
noon - 5:00 pm GO to theWorld Children's Museum, 89 Warren Street, Glens Falls ($5 admission includes program)
12:30 pm  Woods Theatre, Glens Falls Reality Dance Studio's The Nutcracker Ballet
1 pm - 3 pm Discovery Day at the Hyde Museum, Glens Falls
4 pm Woods Theatre, Glens Falls Reality Dance Studio's The Nutcracker Ballet
6-9 pm Albany Capital Holiday Lights, Washington Park $15/vehicle of max 9, $25/vans (capacity 12-18), $50/vans/apacity(19-28

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