The New York Palace is launching its first Holiday Fantasy, transporting visitors’ imaginations into the world of toy soldiers, gingerbread houses and snowflakes. Each year, the midtown luxury hotel draws crowds into its renowned Palace Courtyard, which boasts a 30-foot twinkling Christmas tree.
This year, from November 25 until December 24, The Palace will give visitors the royal treatment. Palace Guards will greet people from the tree-adorned Courtyard; a Snowflake Princess will make special appearances at the weekend Holiday Fantasy Brunch; a daily Happy Holiday Hour will delight adults with seasonal cocktails; and the lobby of the New York luxury hotel will house a giant Gingerbread House complete with a chocolate train. The New York Palace is also offering a special Holiday Fantasy hotel package for those wishing to immerse themselves into this wintery wonderland.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, two statuesque Palace Guards will greet visitors at The Palace Courtyard, welcoming them to behold the oversized Christmas tree, posing for photos and answering questions about the hotel’s holiday offerings. A Snowflake Princess will make surprise appearances at windows overlooking the Courtyard and will delight children with special snowflake cookies at the weekend Holiday Fantasy Brunch.
To create the costumes for the Palace Guards and Snowflake Princess, The New York Palace tapped the talents of Claudine DeSola, Creator of Caravan and Stylist Studio. Designer Danny Roberts, of Igor and Andre, designed the costumes for the Palace Guards and Lisa Puccio designed the costume for the Snowflake Princess. Claudine DeSola then took these designs and brought the holiday costumes to life. As an esteemed New York City designer, DeSola has designed dresses for celebrities and styled over 250 actors and musicians.
Beyond dazzling the eyes, The Palace’s Holiday Fantasy is sure to please visitors’ taste buds. The Holiday Fantasy Brunch will delight kids of all ages, with an à la carte menu offered at restaurant Istana on Saturdays and Sundays, 12noon-2:30pm. The holiday brunch menu will include Mrs. Claus’ Macaroni & Cheese; the Palace Guard Burger; the Working Elves Cupcake Shop and more. A Happy Holiday Hour for adults will be offered daily in The Palace’s Lobby Lounge and two Michelin-starred restaurant GILT. Special seasonal cocktails like the Stocking Cap, the White Christmas Cocktail and the Cranberry Margarita on the Rocks will help keep the season bright.
An elegant three-foot Gingerbread House, masterfully created by The Palace’s Pastry Chef Bill Leonard, will be on display in the hotel’s Grand Lobby. The Gingerbread house will be designed in the style of a country estate outfitted with holiday scenery, including Christmas trees and a Chocolate Train. Classic candy will decorate the house, including Candy Canes and Gum drops.
The Palace’s Holiday Fantasy Package will include luxury guest room accommodations; a $100 nightly Food & Beverage credit which can be used at Gilt, Istana or towards the Holiday Fantasy Brunch; a commemorative New York Palace Holiday Ornament; and an in-room children’s welcome amenity. Upgrade options are also available. This holiday hotel deal starts at $499/night and is based on availability.