Winter Jam 2019!

Time again to enjoy all the fun of a ski weekend in the Catskills right in Central Park!  The Parks Department reminds us why we should love the colder months thanks to Winter Jam, its annual winter sports festival in Central Park. Families can learn or take part in snowshoeing, skiing and sledding. Bring your own snow sports gear or borrow the equipment on load at no cost, then while away the hours sipping hot chocolate and enjoying the outdoors during this ultimate snow day. The rain date for the 2019 event is Feb 2. Enter the park at 72nd St, as the festivities will take place in the Bandshell area. All ages.

Saturday, January 26, 2019*
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Central Park
Bandshell Area
Enter at 72nd Street
*Rain Date: February 2, 2019

Presented by NYC Parks, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow lots of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an urban snow field for all to enjoy!

Featured Venues

  • Lake Placid Snow Field
  • Learn to Ski
  • Sledding Hill
  • Live Ice Carving
  • Ice Sculpture Garden

Please note:  Activity lines are subject to close early, so come early!

a man uses a saw to sculpt ice into a winter-themed designParticipants in the Learn to Ski and Sledding activities must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, please call (212) 360-8213.  Get Directions

Accessibility

For accessibility information, please email accessibility@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 360-1430 by January 24. To learn more about accessible paths and entrances at Winter Jam, please view the Winter Jam Accessibility Map [PDF] .

Central Park Winter Jam 2018

It’s not skiing in Davos, but it’s the closest thing to it you’ll find in NYC! Winter Jam includes ice-skating, sledding, snowboarding, refreshments and a whole lot more – all supported by actual snow-machines! This event is suitable for both adults and children and it’s something you don’t want to miss if you’re spending the last couple of days of January in the city!
The event is free and it also includes skiing and snowboarding lessons.
Saturday, January 27, 2018*
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan – Bandshell Area
Enter at 72nd Street

Get Directions

Free Event for All Ages

Featured Venues
Lake Placid Snow Field
Learn to Ski
Snowshoeing by REI
Sledding
Arctic Golf
Live Ice Sculpting
Taste NY Winter Market/Warming Hut
Participants in the Learn to Ski, Sledding, and Snowshoeing activities must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, please call (212) 360-8213.

Met’s Noah Syndergaard Loves Central Park

The Met’s ace Noah Syndergaard hurls fastballs at 99 mph, glaring at batters from the mound with all of his 6-foot-6 inch, 240-pound frame.  But sometimes even the Mighty Thor needs a little Namaste in his life.

“They have great yoga classes in Central Park,”  Syndergaard tells amNewYork. “Central Park is definitely one of my favorite places for outdoor exercise in the city.”

In an exclusive interview, Syndergaard has lots to say about his morning routine, favorite haunts and what he does when he’s not tormenting Mr. Met or the visiting team at Citi Field.

The Texas native — who will once again live in Manhattan during this baseball season — embraces life in the Big Apple.

“When I’m in New York City, my typical morning includes waking up, grabbing a green juice and a CytoSport bar,” he says. “I’ll often walk around a bit and enjoy the city before going to the stadium in the midafternoon.”

If he has the time, Syndergaard will even rent a Citi Bike and takes a spin through Central Park.

 

 

Ice Skating in Central Park

Ice skating in Central Park is easily one of the most picturesque activities to be enjoyed on a winter’s night. Unlike the somewhat overwhelming confines of the Rockefeller Center rink you can actually see stars at the Wollman rink. Feel the cold tingle of New York’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the rink.

Wollman Rink was built in 1949 when Kate Wollman donated $600,000 for its construction. In the early 1990’s, it was purchased and is now run by Donald Trump. It has been a success from the day it opened – over 300,000 skaters glided across the ice in its first year of operation. In use the year round the summer months find hundreds of in-line skaters taking lessons or perfecting more advanced skills.

Thirty years ago Wollman rink was also the site of a very popular music series. Beginning in 1967 and through the early 70’s, the F & M Schaefer Brewing Co. sponsored Concerts in Central Park. The concerts offered something for everyone. At $2.00 for first come/first serve orchestra seats, the shows were popular and usually sold out. Hundreds would spend the day on line at the Wollman Rink to socialize and get the best seats. Some of the acts to appear there included Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Dave Brubeck, The Byrds and Billy Joel. Sadly, pressure from the neighborhood eventually forced the shows to the west side Piers and much of the appeal was gone.

In the Summer Wollman Rink is the site of Victorian Gardens amusement park

Since its construction Wollman rink has been one of Central Park’s most popular attractions and more than 4,000 skaters use it daily.

Location: East Side between 62nd and 63rd Streets

Details:
* Ice Skating November through March
* Skate Rental and Lockers available
* Lessons available

Rink Hours
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 2:30pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Admission Fees
Monday – Thursday: Adults: $12.00 Children (11 & under): $6 Seniors: $5
Friday – Sunday & Holidays: Adults: $19 Children (11 & under): $6 Seniors: $9

Rentals
Skates: $9
Locks: $5 + $6 refundable deposit

Check the Wollman Rink website or call 212.439.6900 (ext. 12) for up-to-date details and announcements.

Central Park Winter Jam 2016

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NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day

Saturday January 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan
Bandshell Area

Enter at 72nd Street

Get Directions 

Free Event for All Ages
Snow, rain or shine!

Presented by NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY,  and I Ski NY, Winter Jam NYC is the ultimate snow day: a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow lots of fresh snow in the heart of Manhattan, so there will be plenty for all to enjoy!

Want to help out? Learn about volunteering at Winter Jam!

Featured Venues

  • Lake Placid Snow Field
  • Snowshoeing
  • Learn to Ride: Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Kicksledding
  • Taste NY Winter Market
  • Sledding

Equipment provided at no cost, or bring your own snow sports gear and enjoy the terrain! Please note: lines for activities may close early.

Participants in snowshoeing, kicksledding, and in snowboarding/skiing lessons must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, call (212) 360-8213.