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The Appeal of Christmas in Lake Placid

Lake Placid is America’s original winter vacation destination, and it’s especially magical around Christmas. Enjoy the Holiday Village Stroll, ice skating, dog sled rides, pickup hockey games, the toboggan chute and more against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and frozen lakes – all within 10 minutes of our Lake Placid vacation rentals.

Holiday Village Stroll

The 2023 Holiday Village Stroll is scheduled for the weekend of December 8-10 in Lake Placid, and features three days of family-friendly activities, including a family skating party at the Olympic Center, story time and photos with Santa in Mid’s Park, the Jingle Bell Run, a scavenger hunt, tree lighting, a free movie showing and more.

Ice Skating

The Olympic Oval offers outdoor skating day or night, surrounded by the twinkle of Christmas lights and mountain views. Skate sessions are $12 during the week, $20 on weekends, and free for kids age 6 and under. Rent skates for $10, or bring your own and enjoy free ice skating and pickup hockey games on Mirror Lake.

Dog Sled Rides

Beginning the day after Christmas, visitors can glide across the frozen tundra pulled by a dog sled. Depending on ice conditions, two dog sled teams can be found on Mirror Lake behind the Golden Arrow Resort and the Players Sports Bar, or at the Lake Placid Horse Showgrounds. Dog sled rides are offered seven days a week from 10 AM to 5PM between Christmas and New Year’s for $20 per person.

Toboggan Chute

At the south end of Mirror Lake, the toboggan chute is a 30-foot high converted ski jump trestle that sends toboggans sliding down an ice-covered chute onto frozen Mirror Lake. The cost is $10 for students, $15 for adults and includes the toboggan rental and multiple runs. Note: opening day varies each year, depending on the thickness of the ice.

Holiday Shopping & Dining

Need to do a little last-minute holiday shopping? Check out the treasure-trove of shops and boutiques along Lake Placid’s Main Street for a variety of unique gifts and Adirondack keepsakes. After a day of walking and playing in our winter wonderland, settle in for a hot meal or a cup of cheer at one of the local restaurants – several of which have fireplaces, and all of which are decorated in their festive best.

Find Christmas Lodging in Lake Placid

Whether you’re looking for family fun or a romantic weekend for two, Lake Placid is an idyllic getaway for the holidays, and Moreno’s is the perfect place to stay. We have two year-round vacation rentals in the Lake Placid area. Studio 7 is a cozy apartment ideal for couples, while our Lake Colby House vacation rental can sleep up to 13. Give us a call at 518-265-5370 to check availability and reserve your stay.