Lakeside Winter Celebration

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Celebrate the Winter at the 36th annual Lakeside Winter Celebration at Ontario Beach Park, Saturday Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

This year, the celebration will feature a wide array of activities including the 11th Annual Lake Ontario Wine and Craft Beer Festival on Saturdayand then continue on Sunday with the “Polar Plunge” at noon. Additionally, Charlotte area merchants will be offering specials and discounts all weekend. All events will be held in and adjacent to the Roger Robach Community Center and Ontario Beach Park.

This event is organized by the all-volunteer Ontario Beach Park Program Committee and sponsored by the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Port of Charlotte Merchants Association, Charlotte Community Association, City Newspaper and Wegmans.

 New this year:

 A "fat" tire winter fun bike ride (some bikes will be available for loan.)  

This Year's Activities

Saturday, Feb. 8, noon - 6:30 p.m.

  • Lake Ontario Wine and Craft Beer Festival
  • Chilly Chilli Challenge 
  • Tractor-drawn carriage rides
  • Dog Sled demo
  • Outdoor children’s games with Rec on the Move
  • Ice Sculpture demo
  • Snow Sculpture contest: Theme: Cartoon Characters
  • Music by Neil Van Dorn Band
  • Gigantic Fireworks display at 6:15 p.m. 
  • Sip and shop craft sale (12 - 5 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Port Terminal)

 Sunday, Feb. 9, noon  

The fun continues with the annual Polar Plunge at noon. More than 1,000 winter enthusiasts are expected to dive into the icy waters of Lake Ontario to benefit the Special Olympics. Free off-site parking and shuttle service is available for all plungers and spectators. Shuttles from the Greece Arcadia High School parking lot, 120 Island Cottage Rd. to the Polar Plunge will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants and spectators are strongly urged to take advantage of this transportation option as parking at the Port is limited. Registration for the Polar Plunge is to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit, or
call (585) 586-7400 ext. 109.

  • Annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for the Special Olympics, noon. Click here to register.
  • Frostbiter’s sailboat racing


 Contestant Registration Forms

To become a Chilly Chili Challenge contestant, download a registration form here.