First ever Finger Lakes Winter Carnival launches March 18 to 20, 2022

by W. Andrew Powell
Finger Lakes Winter Carnival

The Finger Lakes are launching the first annual Finger Lakes Winter Carnival from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2022, and you’re invited.

The annual event on Canandaigua Lake is all about enjoying winter in the unique region, with fun for all ages, and lots of activities, food, live music and more.

Local shops, restaurants, food trucks, and businesses will participate in the activities, with fireworks on Friday night over the lake. There will also be free tastings, demonstrations, and giveaways at the Winter Carnival Barn at The Lake House on Canandaigua.

Finger Lakes Winter Carnival 2022 is a joint event by Visit Finger Lakes, the Canandaigua Chamber and BID, Bristol Mountain, Wine & Craft Beverage Trails, and The Lake House on Canandaigua.

For more information visit and, and stay tuned for my coverage of the carnival on Instagram and Twitter.

Finger Lakes Winter Carnival schedule

Friday, March 18 – Theme: Shop the Finger Lakes

  • Finger Lakes Shops featuring specials and extended hours
  • Lakeside Winter Carnival Barn hosting Shop the Finger Lakes event
  • Fireworks over the Lake
  • Snowboarding demonstrations
  • Food trucks

Saturday, March 19 – Theme: Sip the Finger Lakes

  • Finger Lakes breweries, wineries, cider houses, and distilleries offering promotions
  • Lakeside Winter Carnival Barn Hosting Sip the Finger Lakes event
  • Food trucks
  • Special lakefront igloo beverage experiences
  • Northeast Freestyle Skiing Junior Championships at Bristol Mountain
  • Winter Carnival Parade featuring Northeast Junior Freestyle Ski Athletes

Sunday, March 20 – Theme: Taste the Finger Lakes

  • Finger Lakes restaurants and bars, offering promotions and specials
  • Lakeside Winter Carnival Barn Hosting Taste the Finger Lakes event
  • Special Lakefront igloo dining experiences
  • Ice bar beverage tastings

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