Winter Activities in NYC

Our Winter Concierge Picks

At Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace embodies the comfort we all crave during the winter seasons, with the outlets at The Palace offering a cozy and indulgent escape from the cold. The modern farm-to-table “New American” breakfast served at VILLARD provides a striking contrast from the warm architectural ambiance, with high ceilings, dark wood, and fire places surrounding the historic space. Even better, the European-style elegance of VILLARD can be the beginning of your day enjoying a Manhattan hotel stay, thanks to the Bed & Breakfast Package at Lotte New York Palace. In the mood for a pick-me-up? Make a reservation at Rarities to warm yourself up with a rare spirit in a soothing atmosphere of dark wood mahogany and leather chairs, or try Pomme Palais delectable goods, including some top tier hot cocoa.

Classic Entertainment

The Palace is offering a special NYC hotel package in collaboration with the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes™. As a proud Official Partner of this year's highly anticipated event, Lotte New York Palace offers outstanding accommodations just steps away from the performance. Book Now, and see one of the most exhilarating New York holiday shows in town.

For the Winter Enthusiast

The options for seeing New York's legendary attractions in timeless ways abound, with Central Park nearby offering endless enchantment. Take a romantic “handsome cab” through Central Park to see the changing leaves under a blanket, or simply say hello to the many hard-working carriage horses who call the park's promenades home. Should you get to see New York blanketed in snow, you can join the throngs of sledders caroming down the hills of Central Park for a day of carefree fun. Visit one of the three ice skating rings at Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and Wollman Rink in Central Park, found just nearby our Manhattan hotel, or stroll down 5th Avenue, get lost in the light show, and embrace the architecture of Park Avenue.

For the Shopping Fan

Embrace the Winter’s Markets that host local vendors and artists at the Bryant Park Village, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, and Union Square Holiday Market, or peruse the glam storefronts of 5th Avenue. For a custom holiday outfit that's unique to you, have our concierge arrange an appointment with Deborah Johnson of Upper East Side, a skilled seamstress of custom clothing.

Traveling Beyond NYC

To enjoy the true ambiance of winter away from the hustle and bustle of the city, ask our concierge to help you arrange a dream trip. Embark on a skiing or snowboarding excursion to Hunter Mountain; zipline over the changing leaves or snow through the continent’s longest zip line in upstate New York; go hiking in magnificent wooded surroundings; or visit historic Woodstock to indulge in shopping for unique holiday gifts, such as antiques at Scandinavian Grace and books from The Golden Notebook.

Our Chief Concierge is an expert in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a historic small town named one of “America’s Favorite Towns” by Travel + Leisure. Home to eclectic shopping, riverside dining, impressive theatre, cultural attractions, and the popular Peddlers Village, this is an ideal getaway within reach of NYC.

Go back in time and visit Princeton, New Jersey to take a historical and cultural tour, or visit the Princeton University Art Museum. Have dinner at the colonial Peacock Inn or sit by the outdoor fireplace while enjoying dinner (yes, even in the winter!) at Mistral, an upscale tapas restaurant best known for their ever-changing and inventive seasonal menu.

The Arts

With world-class museums just moments away, Manhattan draws millions to admire collections in great halls and secluded galleries alike. At the New York Palace, appreciating the arts can be an intimate experience as well. Ask the concierge to arrange a traditional high tea at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon in a Victorian Setting at Irving Place, or enjoy a spa treatment at Spahtika on Madison Avenue with a private tea tasting. For a personal art tour of our part of NYC, arrange a trip with an independent Art Educator Mark Vengalia. For parents traveling with kids, visit the Rose Center for Earth and Space in the Upper West side, or attend the Lego Store after seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center. Jazz lovers rejoice: the Winter Jazz Fest is held from January 13-17, 2017. 

For Foodies


See a hidden treasure and stop into Country House restaurant King’s Carriage on the Upper East Side, or visit Bill’s Town House for dinner, savoring a warm escape from the winter’s cold. Warm up with a bowl of ramen noodles at Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ippudo, or Hinata Ramen. For a true taste of decadence, try the Nutella Babka from Bread’s Bakery and their thick hot chocolate with a giant marshmallow.