The Trust for Governors Island recently announced the return of this year’s Governors Island Winter Village, and it will officially open for the season on Friday, December 1st! This will be the third year for the seasonal destination after 2021’s inaugural success!
Visitors of every age can partake in nearly every festive activity imaginable. The Village features crackling fire pits, seasonal food and drinks, holiday lights, bike and sled rentals, and more!
Plus, for the first time ever, four-legged furry friends will have their own special programming!
Expanded access for four-legged friends will include Winter Dog Days, which will run December 1st, 2023 through April 30th, 2024, with dogs welcomed to visit Governors Island every day with their human companions.
Also new this winter is an expanded off-leash dog park opening December 1st in Colonels Row, with plenty of space for dogs to run and play outside.
Presented by Governors Island Arts and Times Square Arts, Governors Island’s third annual Ice Sculpture Show will also make its return on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024.
The show provides New Yorkers and visitors from around the world with the exciting opportunity to experience live ice carving. Ten artists will be chosen, and visitors can witness the real-time ice carving and vote on their favorite sculpture for the “People’s Choice Award” at the end of the event.
Beyond the events, another great reason to visit the Island in the winter is the food.
Longtime Governors Island vendor Makina Café is open daily in Colonels Row, along with Joe Coffee Company and additional food trucks and pop-up vendors making an appearance at special events throughout the winter.
After eating you can get your adrenaline pumping with bike and sled rentals, or pamper yourself and head over to QC NY Spa, which continues to be open daily on with heated outdoor pools alongside saunas, steam rooms, relaxation treatments, massages, and a bar and bistro.
“We are proud to continue our winter programming for our visitors and their furry friends,” said Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “The winter season on the Island is a magical time for visitors to experience all the fantastic year-round programming we have to offer…all while taking in unparalleled skyline views.”
During the winter months, Governors Island is open to the public daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trust for Governors Island-operated ferries run daily between the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing on the Island.
You can find more info regarding the Governors Island Winter Village on their website.
📍 Governors Island
🗓️ Starting December 1, 2023