All Photography taken by Brian Schutza Photography.
Amid basketball, marathons, and baseball lies one sport New York remains incomparable of: Christmas Tree Lightings. This past Tuesday, November 27, Lotte New York Palace Hotel lights up its iconic courtyard. Known widely as Gossip Girl’s “The Palace,” Lotte secures their spot in this season’s must-see spectaculars.
While scarves blew awry and the colorful garden of wool mittens filled the courtyard, Lotte had the crowd covered! While the bar was stocked with apple cider, hot toddies, and champagne, trays of hot cocoa came circling around. Chef Bill Leonard, Lotte’s Head Pastry Chef, warms the crowd with his grandmother’s hot chocolate recipe. It was the perfect remedy for a night cold enough to see your breath!
Joined by the New York Yankees Shortstop Anthony Volpe, David Shenman dedicated the Palace’s hard work and magic to the staff and partnership with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. The Lotte New York Palace Hotel has been a generous supporter of the foundation, aimed at aiding pediatric cancer patients and their families. For years now, Lotte has offered their beautiful rooms for families to experience the wonder that is New York at Christmas time. Following a touching speech, Volpe and Shenman counted down the seconds revealing the glimmering tree.
After a long-awaited hold since 2018, the Lotte New York Palace returns with its classic tree lighting. Right in the heart of the city, the Lotte New York Palace’s Christmas tree is ready for all its holiday visitors!