Celebrate Winter in Washington County!
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. Just imagine sledding down massive hills, ice skating among a backdrop of snow-covered fields, and warming up with s'mores by a bonfire.
Check out the highlighted winter events below and then mark you calendars!
Please Note: Some of the events below are from the 2019 winter season. We will be updating those as details are announced. Stay tuned!
Winterfest in Jackson, February 1st, 2020
Photo provided by Washington County Public Health
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. 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.
Bring the Whole Family Out for a Winter Hike
Camp Little Notch - Winter Open Hiking in Fort Ann, January 25th and February 22nd, 2020
Photo credit: Tess Lecuyer
Camp Little Notch in Fort Ann is hosting two Winter Open Hiking events this season on January 25 and February 22. 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.
Music From Salem's Heart of Winter Party in Greenwich, February 7th, 2020
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, shops, and artists.
Enjoy festive beverages and sweet treats as you listen to tunes 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.
Discover Animal Tracks & Wildlife in a Nature Preserve
Animal Tracking & a Nature/Snowflake Walk in Granville, January 19th and February 16th, 2020
Wouldn't it be cool if, while you're out and about on winter hikes, you could recognize the animal tracks you see? Attend this Animal Tracking event and maybe you can! The Pember Nature Preserve is hosting this get together where the group will learn about animal tracks and signs before heading out on a hike.
The following month on February 16th, there will be a Nature/Snowflake Walk at the Pember Nature Preserve. This informative winter nature walk is free and open to all ages, but make sure you dress accordingly.
Whitehall WinterFest in Whitehall, March 16th, 2019
Note: This date has been rescheduled from February 16th.
Here's another winter festival to enjoy - the Whitehall Winterfest! This festival has everything fun and wintry - a Penguin Dip in the water, a bonfire with s'mores, sledding, free hot soup and beverages, and live music performances from the Stony Creek Band and Whiskey River Band. Of course, any Whitehall event wouldn't be complete without some Bigfoot fun - Bigfoot researcher Paul Bartholomew will be on site.
Moonlit Snowshoe Tour in Fort Edward, January 19th, 2019
The Rogers Island Visitors Center is hosting a Moonlit Snowshoe Tour. This is their second year doing this event. Guests embark on not only a tour of the property, but also of the museum and the island itself. You'll get in some solid exercise on gorgeous terrain, and you'll learn about the important role Rogers Island played in the French and Indian War.
Full Moon XC Ski & Hike in Greenwich, January 26th, 2019
This moonlit hike is also happening for the second time - the Full Moon XC Ski and Hike at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich allows you to ski, snowshoe, or simply walk around the property which, as you can see above, is absolutely stunning. This event is family-friendly, so bring the kids out.
Note: This event was originally scheduled for January 20th and was rescheduled to the 26th.