The leaves are changing, the cool weather has arrived, and we’re fully immersed in the beauty of the season in Rangeley. And of course, with the onset of the cooler seasons comes the exciting winter events that make our area so special for guests and locals alike at the end of the year!
If you’re a frequent visitor of Rangeley, or even if you’re looking to come for the first time, then you’ve certainly heard about the wonderful staple of our area, Saddleback Mountain. Saddleback provides everything from skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more, all set against the beautifully scenic backdrop of the Rangeley region. This winter is sure to be yet another wonderful year at Saddleback, as Rangeley prepares to welcome travelers from all over the world to enjoy the scenic views, fresh powder and all of the exciting daily events that make Saddleback a premier skiing and snowboarding destination.
Looking for new ways to traverse the mountain? Guests can also rent a snowmobile to ride the 170 miles of trails that comprise the mountain, or they can take part in Fat Biking on bikes outfitted with special snow tires made to traverse the wintry conditions. For something even more active, visitors love Uphill Touring, an onfoot tour of the trails using snow boots, poles, skis and more. Saddleback even offers free ice skating (and rentals) courtesy of the Rangeley Skating Club!
Beginning in December, Rangeley will host the Mountain Holly Days. Mountain Holly Days celebrates the classical holiday tradition of families shopping together and enjoying holiday festivities & activities, instead of shopping apart online or otherwise. Many local Rangeley business will include special offers and sales in their shops, allowing visitors and locals the chance to find unique gifts for friends and family, all while Rangeley and its local shops celebrate the season with seasonal treats and festivities.
On November 26th, pay a visit to the Town Park for the 3tth annual lighting of The Giving Tree, the official start to the magical holiday season in Rangeley. Kids and adults will be delighted as Santa Claus, his elves, and the Angel arrive on the Rangeley Fire Department truck, along with local children selected from local first grade classrooms. Donations are welcome, and will provide support to families and seniors in the Rangeley community.
December 11th marks the 42nd annual Walk to Bethlehem celebration, which recreates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, complete with community members costumed as nativity figures. This magical event is a walk from the Rangeley Inn to the Church of the Good Shepard, with participants singing carols, paying a visit to the Giving Tree, and culminating in an evening program filled with carols, dance, dramatic performances and more.
And these are just a few ways that our community brings the festive joy of the winter months to Rangeley, with plenty more on the way! Be sure to let us know what your favorite things to do during the colder seasons when you stay with us at Rangeley Lake Resort!