18 Adirondack Festivals, Santas, and Lights are Coming to Town (2020 version)

Adirondack Christmas on Main
Christmas is not cancelled in the Adirondacks. Since we know everyone is being good these days, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing here are a few places to narrow down the search for Good Ol' St. Nick. 

November 27-29

Socially distant events and activities along with wonderful Adirondack shopping 


Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, NY

November 21-December 2 (Sat and Sun only)

November 27 Friday

10 am – 3:30 pm 

Online ticket sales only


Rudolph's Movie Experience and Pyrotechnics

Rudolph's Movie Experience and Pyrotechnics

Ellm's Christmas Tree Farm, 

November 27-December 22, 2020

5:30 pm, 6:45 pm. 8 pm

Village of Lights, Santa’s Workshop North Pole NY

November 28-December 20 (Sat and Sun only) 

December 21-23, December 26-30 

4:30-8 pm

Pre-purchased online tickets only 


Personalized Letters from Santa, North Pole, NY $9.95

Thanksgiving through December 23 (no guarantee if you request a letter after December 16) 

Festival of Trees Hancock House, Ticonderoga, NY

Thanksgiving - December 31

Holiday displays as well as a train model with a history of area trains

North Country Christmas Ticonderoga, NY

November 28-December 6

Inlet, NY Drop Box for Letters to Santa (FREE) 

Inlet Town

Drop off by December 1 with return address to get a response back

Link to a printable Santa Letter form: 


Essex, NY Drop Box for Letters to Santa

Free drop box


Santa Mailbox, Malone, NY 

Until Dec 14, 2020

Operation Santa Claus, Saranac Lake, NY

December 4 and December 5: 6 – 8 pm 

Santa will drive through Saranac Lake neighborhoods on a firetruck

Keep updated on Santa’s route by seeing Saranac Lake Voluntary Fire Department FB page

Long Lake Santa Visits

December 5: 5 pm  (deadline December 4 for sign up for Long Lake and Raquette Lake residents and property owners)Fire Department will drive Santa around  and make stops at any houses that have signed up previously


Lake Placid Holiday Stroll, Lake Placid, NY

Dec 11-13, 2020

Virtual Jingle Bell 5K 

To-Go Craft Kits for Kids

Shopping and Restaurant discounts

Main Street Lake Placid Scavenger Hunt

FB Live Bedtime story

Sundays with Santa at the Woods Theatre, Glens Falls, NY

December 13 and 20

Video Call with Santa from the Woods Theatre $25

Personalized letter $8

Only 28 total 5-minute video lots per day


Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake

Pendragon Theatre's "The Best Holiday TV Special That Never Aired"

December 18-31, 2020

Online extravaganza

$14/opening night

$20 for 24-hour access

Holiday Lights and Adirondack Sounds

Holiday Lights and Sounds of the Adirondacks

December 18, 2020, 7 pm

Free and open to the public

Love stream at Indian Lake Theatre

Visit With Santa (ZOOM)

Schedule a visit online, $25 for one child (10 minutes) , $10 for each additional child (5 mnutes) on the same ZOOM call, up to 4 children/call. 

NORAD Tracks Santa

NORAD Santa Tracker

December 25, 2020



© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series.


Anonymous said…
I'm scared to go out to events. What can I do instead?
Diane said…
Hi. Thanks for reading. There are plenty of virtual events on the list that will give you that Adirondack cozy feeling without having to leave the comfort of your home .

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