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A Tourist’s Guide to Winter Jam in Central Park

January 01 2020

Visitors to New York City don’t have to leave the Manhattan to get in on wintertime activities. Curious about Winter Jam? Take a snow day on Feb. 1 with the kids and head to Central Park. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Winter Jam?

Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival that takes place in Central Park every year. Guests can enjoy a variety of winter activities and a snowfield made by Gore Mountain. The event is presented by NYC Parks, Olympic Regional Development Authority, I Love NY, and I Ski NY.

When is it?

This year's Winter Jam is Feb. 1, 2020 from 11am to 3pm; the rain date is Feb. 2.

Where in Central Park?

The Winter Jam is held in the Bandshell area of the park. Enter at 72nd Street and you can’t miss it.

Is it free?


Who can attend?

Winter Jam is open to the public of all ages, but the “Learn to Ski” activity has limited space. To be part of the drawing, check here in January 2020 to enter. For accessibility information, email or call (212) 360-1430 by Jan. 24.

What are the activities?

Activities include sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, curling, ice bowling, dodgeball, and more. Guests can also enjoy a heated New York Public Library Reading Room, an ice sculpture garden, live ice carving, and a snowfield.

Do I have to bring my own snow gear & equipment?

All equipment and gear is provided at no cost, though guests are welcome to use their own gear.

What if there’s no snow?

Even if it’s not snowing in New York City, the folks at Gore Mountain will make sure it’s snowing at Winter Jam.


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