Governors Island is now open year-round, so this is the first year for the new Governors Island Winter Village, which transforms historic Colonels Row into a destination for seasonal amenities.
The Village will include a 5,000-square foot skating rink, with FREE skating on weekends plus seasonal activities, festive winter lights, games and food and drinks alongside warming fire pits, starting Dec. 17.
In addition to the skating rink, the Governors Island Winter Village will feature bike and sled rentals from Blazing Saddles NYC and wintery activities including lawn games like cornhole, can jam and giant Jenga; winter arts and cultural programming and a sparkling display of holiday lights throughout historic Colonels Row.
The Governors Island Trust will also display a historic Coast Guard-era fire truck at the Winter Village, providing a charming selfie stop photo op for visitors.
Little Eva’s anchora the Winter Village’s food and beverage options and will debut a new seasonal menu, complete with warm drinks and new takes on their classic comfort food like brats, vegan chili, fish and chips and more. An eclectic array of weekend food trucks, plus Joe Coffee — open daily inside LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island and in the Battery Maritime Building ferry terminal — round out the Island’s winter eats.
Governors Island Ice Skating Rink
The ice rink will be open Fridays from noon to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm, with extended hours available for youth, adult and nonprofit sports leagues and associations (interested organizations should email email@example.com).
The rink will also feature events, activities and “Free Admission Fridays,” with admission fees waived for all visitors every Friday.
Ice skating beneath the towering trees, grabbing a hot chocolate over a roaring fire, or simply admiring the holiday light display — what could be a more charming way to spend a winter afternoon?” said Merritt Birnbaum, Executive Director of the Friends of Governors Island.
Governors Island is already New York City’s favorite destination for fun in the sun, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to experience a whole new season of activities in this special place.”
In September, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Trust announced that starting in 2021 Governors Island will be open to the public year-round for the first time in history.
Governors Island is open daily from 7am to 6pm and is accessible by ferry.
Ferries operated by the Trust for Governors Island run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Manhattan.
A round trip ferry ticket costs $3 for adults and is free for seniors 65 and over, children 12 and under, NYCHA residents, IDNYC holders, former and active military service members and for everyone on weekends before noon.
Ferry reservations and schedules can be found at govisland.org/ferry.
About Governors Island & How to Get There
Governors Island’s award-winning park is open to the public every day, along with restrooms, recreation activities like bike rentals and Hammock Grove, The Hills, Picnic Point and more.
The Trust for Governors Island’s public art commissions, including work from Duke Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Dion and Mark Handforth are also currently on view throughout the Island.
The NYC Ferry serves Governors Island daily, year-round beginning with the launch of the Coney Island Route.
The NCY Ferry will serve Governors Island’s Yankee Pier via the South Brooklyn Route, expanding direct access from Red Hook, Atlantic Ave/Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 6, DUMBO/Fulton Ferry, and Corlears Hook in the Lower East Side for Governors Island visitors and growing community of tenants.Ferry’s weekend shuttle service from Wall Street/Pier 11 will continue to serve Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays until the launch of this extended service.