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The Best Highlights in New York City for the Holidays

The Best Highlights in New York City for the Holidays


Seven million visitors are expected to visit New York City this holiday season, and the city has prepared by decking the halls, making the toasty drinks and even having the occasional snow flurry. Check out some of the luxe highlights in the big apple this holiday season:


Eggnog at The Modern 

Head to Danny Meyer’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, The Modern, to try their spin on holiday eggnog created by Bar Director Patrick Smith. Ingredients were placed in an ex-BERTOUX Brandy barrel in May, and uncorked the beginning of November. 
Made with BERTOUX Brandy, Appleton Estate Rum, Dalmore 12 Year Old Scotch, Gonzalez Byass “Alfonso” Oloroso Sherry, Giffard Vanilla Liqueur, demerara sugar, housemade crème anglaise and garnished with a housemade gingerbread cookie. The result: a cocktail that is balanced and rich with notes of floral and citrus. 



Check out the Louis Vuitton Tree at Sofitel New York 

Sofitel New York has taken a spin on the traditional lobby Christmas tree, with a 15-foot Christmas tree made entirely of French vintage Louis Vuitton trunks. At this unique pop-up “shop”, every piece is for sale. Designed and curated by The Well Traveled Trunk, a company that sources antique trunks, the tree features blends art, fashion and culture to tell a story of royalty and great explorers who used the trunks to travel the world. The one-of-a-kind display is complemented by chic décor throughout the lobby, lending a stylish h bringing guests a stylish holiday experience with a touch of French “Art de vivre”.



Stay at the Lotte New York Palace

As one of Manhattan’s most iconic luxury properties, Lotte New York Palace caters to discerning guests from around the world, and is festively dressed for the holidays. The historic property is known for exceptional quality and impeccable service.

As a proud Official Partner of the world-famous Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes®, the hotel invites guests to share the joy of the holiday season with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular package for stays this winter.

 The Christmas Spectacular Package is offered until January 6, 2020, and includes up to 25 percent savings on tickets to select performances of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes®,  savings on luxurious accommodations and an exclusive Rockettes in-room amenity, including a 2019 ornament, popcorn & beverage voucher for the show, as well as a Rockettes tote bag.

2019 holiday highlights include the following experiences:

  • Molton Brown Advent Calendar Grand Reveal

Offered December 2 through December 24 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

As a Lotte New York Palace partner, Molton Brown created a life-size Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar for the hotel. Guests will be gifted a special Molton Brown surprise each day throughout the season from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, December 2 through December 24, 2019.

  • Letters to Santa

Offered on December 2 through December 25

Launched in 2017, the Letters to Santa program distributes customized postcards to all guests upon check-in, allowing visitors to write their very own letters to Santa and “mail” them in the hotel’s Santa mailbox. From 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, the Guest Experience team sends a North Pole Postman through the lobby to pick up the cards deposited in the mailbox located by the Courtyard entrance at the top of the Grand Staircase.  The letters are read by the hotel’s “Guest Experience Elves” and Santa Claus himself. Each guest will magically find a personalized response letter “from the desk of Santa Claus” placed in their room to create treasured memories each holiday season.

  • Santa and Story Time

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for the month of December

Starting December 1 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through December 24, Lotte New York Palace invites families to meet Santa in the Grand Lobby.  Children are welcome to enjoy a holiday story time at 10:00 AM– 10:30 AM in the grand lobby, followed by a photo with Santa.


  • Holiday Food & Beverage Offerings

This holiday season, Lotte New York Palace ushers in a new era of cocktail hour on the landmark courtyard. Visitors are welcome to sip hot cocktails including Hot Buttered Rum, Mexican Mint Hot Chocolate, orchard-fresh New York Apple Cider, as well as nibble on artisan cheese plate, while enjoying the magnificent view of the hotel’s famed 30-foot ornate tree, bedecked by sparkling ornaments and topped with a shimmering star, the centerpiece of the Madison Avenue Courtyard. The courtyard will be open from Monday – Friday and Select Weekends: 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM. For more information or to book a stay, visit

Enjoy Holiday Classics at Arthouse Hotel
From December 6th through January 5th, the Upper West Side’s Arthouse Hotel New York City debuts the “Arthouse Holiday Movie Revival” pop-up bar. Inspired by iconic holiday movie moments, the hotel’s lobby and lobby bar, Arthouse Wine Bar, has been completely transformed into a nostalgic trip down movie memory lane, with decor and cocktails inspired by some of the most cherished holiday movies of all time.
Recreating Kevin McCallister’s house from “Home Alone,” cardboard cutouts of “The Wet Bandits,” Harry and Marv are lurking in the windows waiting for unsuspecting hotel guests. Inside, a replica of the living room setting from “A Christmas Story” has been created complete with vintage, 1980’s fireplace and radio, the Parker family’s blue couch with lace details, and a box marked fragile to deliver the infamous leg lamp bowling trophy. Guests warming themselves by the fire can sit by Uncle Lewis’ burnt Christmas tree from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.
The cocktail menu has also been inspired by the holidays with iconic movie motifs- make sure to try punch served directly from the “fra-gee-lay” leg lamp award from “A Christmas Story” or sip on Clark Griswold’s holiday Eggnog poured straight from the carton. Riffs on classic cocktails such as the Spruce Tree Martini with pine tasting notes synonymous with the season, a Negroni with hints of cranberry sauce, and an Old Fashioned made with Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur (a Cold Fashioned), will be served in vintage cans with labels celebrating the nostalgic, retro holiday spirit of the pop-up.