St. Lawrence County Winter Festivals

The history of Winterfestivals in the Northern area of New York State grew out of the activities for tuberculosis patients curing in the Adirondacks during the 1930s and ‘40s. After being penned up indoors through the winter or on curing porches, these festivals allowed people to get outside, participate in activities, and socialize. The tradition has continued long after the need to "cure" in the Adirondacks. One of the regions largest and oldest Winter Festival still takes place in Saranac Lake, NY, during the first week in February. This area is a short drive from most of St. Lawrence County.

In the Big County, Winterfests can be found in Canton the second weekend in February. A special pin back button can be purchased showing support for the event, as well as collectors’ item for many. The event includes a week-long celebration of Winter and celebration that spring is on its way. Activities include special concerts, theater shows, scrapbooking demos and workshops, chili cook-off, and area high school sporting events. There is also a Polar Bear Golf Tournament held each year during the festival.

For more information about the Canton Winterfest, contact the Canton Chamber of Commerce at 315-386-8522.

The Colton Winterfest features a large quilt show split between several buildings in the hamlet of Colton. Special dinners, talent show, health and craft fair are also a big draw. And don’t forget to check out the snowshoe races, and sleigh rides (if snow permits). This even is usually held the last weekend in January.

The Tri-Town Winterfest is held each year in February in the communities of Lawrence, Brasher and Stockholm. It features a parade, and outdoor activities from tug-of-war to snowmobile demonstrations and races.