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Winter Recess Ithaca Love Teachers

Winter Recess

The Ithaca Loves Teachers festival, held annually in February, is a celebration of Pre-K through 12 public educators and school district employees. 


Relax, refresh, and renew in a city built on education! Ithaca, NY comes together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.

  • Pre-registration opens February 1st
  • Winter Recess is open to all public school teachers, school district employees, teachers union retirees and their guests. Registration is free. District ID, or equivalent, is required.
  • All local and visiting teachers can check in at the Ithaca Visitors Centers located at East Shore Drive and on The Commons in Downtown Ithaca. Badges and guides can be picked up every day between Friday, Feb. 16th - Sunday, Feb. 25th at both locations.
  • As part of your welcome package, you'll receive a free VIT (Very Important Teacher) Pass. It's your key to the county and beyond, unlocking community-wide discounts on just about everything: dining, shopping, entertainment-the works. Look for the Ithaca Loves Teachers posters in participating merchant windows. In addition, your traveling companions (family, significant other, etc.) will receive a "Teachers Pet Pass," good for additional deals around town.

Great events for teachers are happens throughout the festival, view the event schedule online or download the PDF.

To pre-register and see a full list of special lodging rates, events, details and deals, go to

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