Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Winter Jam 2021 is cancelled. Please check out our Winter Fun Guide for more information about our socially distant winter programs and activities, including ice skating and events with our Urban Park Ranger.

Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan
Rumsey Playfield

Enter at 72nd Street


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Free Event 

Snow or shine

City of New York Parks & RecreationWhiteface Lake Placid

I Love NYSki / NY


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 a mini mountain of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an urban wonderland for all to enjoy! 

Featured Venues

  • Lake Placid Snow Field
  • I SKI NY Learn to Ski (limited*)
  • Live Ice Carving
  • Ice Sculpture Garden

Other activities include:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Sledding
  • Curling
  • Ice Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Puppet Making
  • Heated New York Public Library Reading Room
  • Bobsled Photo Op
  • Snowcat Photo Op

There will be food and drinks onsite for purchase.

Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

*Please note: Registration for the drawing has ended. Winter Jam is free and open to all members of the public, but space in the “Learn to Ski” activity is limited and participants will be selected via a drawing. Registration for the drawing ended on Thursday, January 23. If you registered for the drawing, you will be notified of the drawing results via email by Monday, January 27, 2020.


Participants in the Learn to Ski, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Curling, and Bowling activities must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event for participants to sign. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. If you would like to fill out the waiver in advance, please download the Winter Jam Participant Waiver form and bring a completed printout with you to the event.

Please note: On the event day, you will still need to visit a waiver station and wait on line to provide photo identification to receive your waiver wristband. Filling out the waiver prior to the event does not guarantee participation in any activity at Winter Jam 2020.

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

a woman helps another woman to learn how to ski on a snow-covered slope

a man uses a saw to sculpt ice into a winter-themed design


For accessibility information, please email accessibility@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 360-1430 by January 24. 

Highlights from previous years



  • Kids and their families learn how to ski.
  • Guests practice snowshoeing at a snowfield in the park.
  • A child happily sleds down a hill covered in snow.
  • Two performers show the audience trampoline ski.
  • A band performs on stage at Winter Jam's main location at the bandshell.
  • A man carves a sculpture from ice live at Winter Jam.
  • Performers show off their snowboarding skills at a rail jam.
  • Guests prepare to learn how to crosscountry ski.
  • A man demonstrates camping gear and wilderness survival tips.
  • Guests, including kids, learn how to snow shoe on a snow field.
  • Park rangers at Winter Jam.
  • Parents look on as kids sled down a hill covered in snow.
  • A bird's eye view of a snowboarding ramp.
  • A performer shows the audience a trampoline jump using a ski board.
  • Guests practice ice picking on a structure.
  • A child learns how to ski on a hill covered in snow.

Become a Volunteer

Help us make this festival a fun day for all New Yorkers! If you would like to volunteer, please register here. You must be 18 years old or older to volunteer. For more information about volunteering at Winter Jam, please email Venus Melo at Venus.Melo@parks.nyc.gov with Winter Jam Volunteer in the subject line.

Presented by

Whiteface Lake Placid

Ski / NY

I Heart NY

Sponsored by



Pisten Bully

Chameleon Cold Brew



Petro Home Services


New York Public Library

The Call of the Wild

Equipment Donated by


Media Partner

Maker Park Radio NYC


Interested in becoming a sponsor of Winter Jam? In addition to being featured in one of the largest outdoor public events in NYC during the winter, your brand will gain exposure through a comprehensive marketing plan that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Printed flyers and posters distributed to various schools, businesses, and organizations
  • Radio advertisements
  • Electronic media advertisements
  • Parks website (700,000 unique visitors/month)
  • Aggressive public relations campaign to over 200 media outlets

Please contact William Morrison at William.Morrison@parks.nyc.gov for more information.

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