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Governors Island's Winter Village Offers Holiday Fun to Families

Governors Island's Winter Village Offers Holiday Fun to Families

Historic Colonels Row will be transformed into a winter destination as Governors Island Winter Village opens with ice skating, holiday lights and seasonal fun for all ages.

With winter approaching, the Governors Island Winter Village is opening for its second annual season on November 17th. The island's historic Colonels Row will transform into a holiday destination for seasonal amenities, including a huge ice skating rink, games, and food and drinks alongside warming fire pits. 

“We are so excit­ed to invite New York­ers and vis­i­tors to Gov­er­nors Island for the return of Win­ter Vil­lage,” said May­or Eric Adams. ?“Cold weath­er doesn’t have to mean being stuck inside. It can mean ice skat­ing and sled­ding with your friends or sit­ting around a fire with your fam­i­ly.”

“From ice skat­ing to Jen­ga to toasty drinks, there’s some­thing for every­one in the fam­i­ly at the Win­ter Vil­lage and I encour­age all New York­ers to take advan­tage of Gov­er­nors Island year-round,” said Maria Tor­res-Springer, Deputy May­or for Eco­nom­ic and Work­force Devel­op­ment.

What to See and Do at Governors Island Winter Village 

The centerpiece of the village is the 7,500-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink, which is expanding its hours to four days a week, Thursday through Sunday. Rink admission is free every Thursday.

Just like during the summer months on Governors Island, there's plenty of other winter-time fun to enjoy, too. In addition to the rink, the village will offer:

  • bike and sled rentals

  • cornhole

  • can jam

  • giant Jenga 

  • winter arts and cultural programming

  • dazzling holiday lights at Colonels Row

  • firepits

  • a historic Coast Guard-era fire truck, providing a photo opportunity for both kids and adults

Foodies of all ages will love the array of festive food offerings at the village. After spending time in the brisk winter air, visitors can warm up by fire pits and enjoy a new seasonal menu from Little Eva's, which caters retreats and celebrations throughout Governors Island. Options will include warm drinks and comfort foods such as brats, vegan chili, fish and chips and more. An eclectic array of food trucks will be open on weekends, and Joe Coffee will be on-site daily inside the island's LMCC's Arts Center and in the Battery Maritime Building. 

What You Need to Know About Visiting the Winter Village at Governors Island

Where is the Governors Island Winter Village located?

The Winter Village is located at Colonels Row on Governors Island, which is considered part of Manhattan and located in New York Harbor. Get to the island by taking the ferry from Manhattan at 10 South St. Boats run daily. A round trip ferry ticket is $4 for adults and free for seniors and children younger than 12. Check out the ferry schedule at

When is the Winter Village at Governors Island open?

The Winter Village at Governors Island is open daily, 7am-6pm, Dec. 17 through at least February 2022.

When is the Winter Village ice-skating rink open?

The Governors Island ice-skating rink will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 12-5pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5:30pm; and on public school holidays. You can reserve tickets to the rink in advance beginning the week of November 14 by visiting

What are Governors Island's current COVID guidelines?

  • Ticket reservations are highly encouraged to ensure space for social distancing on ferries.

  • Masks are required while waiting for, boarding, and riding the ferry.

For more information, visit or follow Governors Island on Facebook or Instagram

Main photo courtesy the Trust for Governors Island


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