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Celebrate Winter 2021 in Washington County, NY

Find Upcoming Events You Might Not Know About Close to Saratoga

Snowy scenes, crisp air, warm fires, and fun events! That's what winter is all about, and you can find a slew of seasonal happenings close to Saratoga in neighboring Washington County.

No need to wait for summer - get out there and enjoy all our area has to offer right now. From winter festivals to winter sports, you're guaranteed to stay entertained and active. Check out the highlighted winter events below and then mark you calendars!

Discover Animal Tracks & Wildlife in a Nature Preserve

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Animal Tracking Walk in Granville

Wouldn't it be cool if, while you're out and about on winter hikes, you could recognize the animal tracks you see? Attend the Pember Nature Preserve's Animal Tracking event on February 20, 2021, and maybe you can! The Preserve is hosting this get together where the group will learn about animal tracks and signs before heading out on a hike. Please call the museum at 518-642-1515 to register by Feb 19.

Also, follow the Preserve on Facebook to stay up-to-date on upcoming nature-related events!

Bring the Whole Family Out for a Winter Hike

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Camp Little Notch - Winter Open Hiking in Fort Ann

Please note that these events have been canceled for 2021. Below, you can read about the 2020 events for an idea of what to expect when they return.

Camp Little Notch in Fort Ann is hosting two Winter Open Hiking events this season on January 25th and February 22nd, 2020. These events are all about taking the time to soak in the beauty around us. You can bring your snowshoes if you'd like, as well as leashed dogs. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Experience the Ultimate Winter Celebration at Winterfest

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Winterfest in Jackson

Please note that this event has been canceled for 2021. Below, you can read about the 2020 event for an idea of what to expect when Winterfest returns.

It's an entire festival celebrating the season! Happening at Lake Lauderdale in Jackson, you can enjoy all the winter activities you can imagine at the annual Winterfest on February 1, 2020. Think ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding - they've even had on-ice activities like ice bowling in past years. You can also try out ice fishing, no fishing license required, and embark on a horse drawn wagon ride.

Bonus: Explore Jackson & Nearby Towns!

Did you know? The rural town of Jackson is called "The Teapot Town" because the town's shape strikingly resembles a teapot. Located just about halfway between Saratoga Springs and Manchester, Vermont, you can find historic covered bridges, a number of lakes and cottages, and lush farmland in Jackson.

Easton, close to Jackson, bordering on Schuylerville and Greenwich, is also a treasure trove of farmland, history, and outdoor recreation. The town runs right along the Hudson River for prime fishing opportunities.

And there is also White Creek, which comprises the Mt. Tom State Forest and Chestnut Woods State Forest, the latter of which is right on the Vermont border.

As you're out and about celebrating winter, make a point to take a drive through these unspoiled areas and make the most of getting away from it all.

Attend a Winter-Themed Party for a Great Cause

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Music From Salem's Heart of Winter Party in Greenwich

Editor's Note (1/27/2021): The following event info is from the 2020 winter season. We will be updating the details for 2021 as they are announced. Please check back for updates.

Most of the events highlighted here involve getting outdoors. Here's a winter-themed get together that's in the warm indoors - the Heart of Winter Party at Gather 103 in Greenwich. This is an annual fundraising event with a raffle and a silent auction of gift certificates to area restaurants and other prizes.

Enjoy festive beverages and sweet treats as you listen to tunes by Lila Brown from Music From Salem, which is a year-round series of concerts, open rehearsals, workshops, and seminars for musicians. This event kicks off their 2020 season.

Warm Your Spirits at a Winter Festival

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Brews & Blues Featuring the Roadside Blues Band

Please note that this event has been canceled for 2021. Below, you can read about the 2020 event for an idea of what to expect when Brews & Blues returns.

Get ready to eat, drink, and warm your spirits this winter at Hubbard Hall's annual fundraiser on February 8th, 2020 in Cambridge. Brews & Blues features the perfect mix of delicious food, dancing, beer and wine, and live music from the Roadside Blues Band. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 for students ages 21 and under, and are free for ages 5 and under.

Enjoy a Day of Family-Friendly Fun in the Snow

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Winter Wonderland Free Family Day at Camp Chingachgook

Please note that this event has been canceled for 2021. Below, you can read about the 2020 event for an idea of what to expect when the Winter Wonderland Free Family Day returns.

Plan a day trip to YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George for their Winter Wonderland Free Family Day on February 15th, 2020. Meet up with friends and family and enjoy all kinds of activities, including snow tubing, snowshoeing, crafts, s'mores by the campfire, and more. This is a free event open to the public, but you must register in advance so the camp can properly prepare.

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