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Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan
Bandshell Area

Enter at 72nd Street

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Free Event for All Ages

Snow or shine

City of New York Parks & RecreationLake Placid



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
  • I SKI NY Learn to Ski
  • Live Ice Carving
  • Ice Sculpture Garden

Other activities include:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow shovel sled "race" for kiddies
  • Curling
  • Ice Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Urban Park Rangers Sachet Making
  • Geo Crossing Activity with the NYC Parks Alley Pond Adventure Course
  • Bobsled Photo Booth
  • Animal Planet Puppy Bowl Zone

There will be a Winter Food Market and food trucks onsite.

Please note:  Activity lines are subject to close early, so come early! Unfortunately, due to heavy rain this week, we will no longer have a sled hill, but Learn to Ski and Snowshoeing will go on as planned. 

Participants in the I SKI NY Learn to Ski, Snowshoeing, and Dodgeball 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.


For accessibility information, please email 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 .

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

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 with Winter Jam Volunteer in the subject line.

Presented by

Olympic Regional Development Authority

I Ski NY

I Heart NY

Sponsored by



Whiteface Lake Placid



Chameleon Cold Brew

Puppy Bowl



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 for more information.

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