New York’s Lake Placid Holiday Stroll

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If you are seeking a great place to get into the holiday spirit, you need look no further then Lake Placid, in upstate New York.   During one magical weekend a year, the area holds a “Holiday Stroll” where the entire town celebrates Christmas with a wide array of activities and festivals, many of which are free, and almost all are family friendly.

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The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll is amazing for the holiday season- you will find yourself  in an Adirondack Winter Wonderland. The volunteer run committee plans a wonderful weekend of art, music, gourmet foods, and boutique shopping. It’s a fun and festive alternative to  big box store options, and the intimate setting makes the Village Stroll appealing to couples and families (not to mention you gift the local flavor as well- take home a bit of the Adirondacks and give a taste to your friends and family).

There is much to see and to in the area, well known for winter activities and sports, as well as formerly hosting the Olympics. Families will love the ice skating party and Holiday Story Time at the Mirror Lake Inn. Couples will enjoy the wine tastings and art displays. Children will delight in the matinee showing of the Polar Express, the craft workshops and breakfast with Santa at participating hotels on Sunday morning.

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If you are traveling to attend the weekend you might wonder where to stay and eat. I have a few recommendations for you to consider while you are planning your next Village Stroll trip.

The Pines of Lake Placid  is both lovely and comfortable, and has a restaurant right inside the homey inn as well. The family operated inn offers a peaceful ambiance, pleasant and helpful staff, and a location that makes getting around easy (nearly everything is walkable).  The Pines also offered great activities for the kids and adult alike, from free holiday movies and popcorn, to wine and cheese tasting, and a wrapping station.  In addition, Duncan’s Grille at the Pines Inn offers Authentic German cuisine on weekends at affordable prices including Rahm Schnitzel, Schnitzel Cordon Bleu and Zwiebelsuppe.  The food was quite good, and nothing was left on anyone’s plates.

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You can either dine or celebrate in Upstate New York at the Dancing Bears Restaurant.  The restaurant is fun and full of energy, and it’s easy to see why- It’s history includes celebrations of Olympians during the 1980 games, something the area is still remembered for and very proud of. On the menu you will find 3 egg omelets, gourmet burgers, lobster rolls and pizza to name a few things.

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The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll is a great way to make memories with the people you love. This weekend event is fantastic for families with kids of any age, even take along the grandparents. To start planning your trip to Lake Placid for the next Holiday Village Stroll, or for more information or to book your trip, visit
Disclosure: I received press passes to all of the above in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest.


  1. I live downstate NY and for reasons unknown to me–have never been to Lake Placid! Not sure I would want to go in the winter–I am cold enough down here thank you very much–but I would love to go there in the Spring or Summer!!

  2. Looks like a great place to visit! One day I will make it there!

  3. Did he decorate that gingerbread house himself? Wow. I have to make plans to visit Lake Placid. Looks like it is a family friendly place to celebrate the holidays.

  4. This looks like a terrific family escape, that food looks amazing!!

  5. The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll sounds wonderful for making memories from myself down to the grandchildren. Family oriented, The Pines of Lake Placid would be awesome for my family and Dancing Bears seems to have something for everyone.

  6. Ever since the Olympics there I’ve always wanted to visit. Who wouldn’t want to eat at a place called Dancing Bears?

  7. Looks like the family had a wonderful time. What a beautiful place to visit! 🙂

  8. Pretty place. Food looks real good too, a village stroll sounds stupendous

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