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Central Park Winter Jam guide

NYC’s annual snow-sport extravaganza, Central Park Winter Jam, is back with more cold-weather fun

Winter Jam
Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Avila/NYC Parks and Recreation

We don’t know about you, but our inner child always appreciates a snow day. Since you can't always rely on mother nature, that’s where Central Park Winter Jam comes in. We’ve eagerly marked our calendars for the annual winter sport event located at one of the best NYC parksCentral Park. If you want to learn more about the action-packed, snow-covered affair (yes, they actually bring in a snow machine), we have all the details you need below. The NYC Parks and Recreation event includes ice-skating, sledding, snowboarding, grub and more, so get ready to join New Yorkers of all ages for one of the best things to do in winter.

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What is Winter Jam?

Winter Jam is a free winter festival chock-full of events for New Yorkers of all ages. Whether rain or shine, upstate ski destination Gore Mountain blows fresh snow into the heart of Central Park, where festivalgoers can go snowshoeing, sledding and more. There will also be skiing lessons provided by Lake Placid. Other highlights include live ice carving and an ice sculpture garden. We have chills (the good kind) just thinking about it.  

When is Winter Jam?

The date for Winter Jam is Saturday, January 26, 2019. The event is from 11am to 3pm. The rain date for this outdoor event is Saturday, February 2, 2019. 

Where is Winter Jam?

Winter Jam is located at the Central Park Bandshell. Enter at 72nd Street. 

Will there be food?

Yes! In recent years, some of the vendors participating in Winter Jam’s Taste NY market included cider-maker Breezy Hill Orchards and Meredith’s Bread bakery. There will also be a heated warming hut offering snacks and beverages like hot chocolate. And you can also nosh on bites from a few food trucks that will be there.

How do I attend?

Just show up! Bring an ID if you want to participate in any sports and note that you must sign a waiver. All lessons and equipment rentals are free.

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