By Elaine Ubiña
Photos Courtesy of The Peninsula New York

Jingle Bells, jingle bells! The holiday celebrations are in full swing at The Peninsula Hotel in New York. With lots going on for adults and children, you will Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! It’s a Wonderful Life and fantastic getaway for an overnight or two during the holidays.

We are happy to share a fun itinerary that will keep everyone active and well fed.

We love The Peninsula, because it is centrally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street and has a flexible check in and check out policy. You don’t have a minute to lose, as your kids are raring to go. Arrive, check in, drop your bags and head out to one of these fantastic spots: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park – where you can ice skate, shop, enjoy a snack in one of their cozy igloos or try iceless curling. If you are looking to ice skate in the most natural setting in the city, go to Wollman Rink in Central Park. Rockefeller Center has the most picturesque ice rink under the big Christmas tree and is in the hub of shopping, in case Mom or Dad still have some last minute gifts to pick up. The Shops at Rockefeller Center range from the famous FAO Schwarz to FDNY Fire Zone to Lego to Nintendo to new shops that have recently opened, like Kule and Y’ALL MART and the classics – Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Allen Edmonds and many more. Saks Fifth Avenue and its gorgeous windows and fabulous finds are across Fifth Avenue.

Head back to the hotel in time for Afternoon Tea at the Gotham Lounge.

Following tea, you may want to hear some beautiful Christmas music. Next door to The Peninsula is the stunning St. Thomas Church, which offers services with Evensong sung by their historic men and boys choir several times a week in the late afternoon.

Broadway is back! There are lots of shows to entertain you! From Moulin Rouge to Mrs. Doubtfire – you will be dancing in your seat! Did you know that Hugh Jackman is bringing back The Music Man?

Post-theatre, return to The Peninsula for a cocktail and seasonal dishes from the Engadin region of Switzerland on the rooftop winter wonderland in Chalet de Ning’s chalet-inspired domes.

If it happens to be New Year’s Eve, Salon de Ning will be hosting a black tie Studio 54-inspired disco party with a raw bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne and open bar. Be sure to arrive on time to ring in the New Year with Auld Lang Syne. “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne.”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!