From inflatable igloos high in the sky and decked-out curling cabins, to champagne-fueled ski chalets and merry little pop-ups that are pretty in pink, the list of festive options fit for a holiday engagement party is never-ending. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that specialize in spiked hot chocolate and toddies, always have sufficient mistletoe on hand, and offer the most photogenic scenery for posing with Santa’s little helpers—AKA your bridal squad.
Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock (London, England)
For a jolly good time in the UK’s capital, set up camp at Europe’s only rooftop ice rink, Skylight. Igloos and huts serve as proper warm up shelters in between skating sessions and ice hockey slap shot (yes, really), but the best part? Entry to Skylight is free, as is that city skyline panorama that’s begging for a yuletide-themed photoshoot. And who can resist swilling spiked sips down at Snug Bar on Level 9?
Pink Holiday Pop-Up at Moxy NYC Times Square (New York, New York)
Just consider the Moxy Times Square your holiday headquarters for all things filled with mirth—and made for garnering all the likes. Swing by the pink pop-up for pink velvet hot chocolate with teddy bear mascot “Mrs Claws,” personalize your own ornament to trim the tree, strike up a little friendly competition at Foreplay their miniature putt-putt course on the roof that features topiary animals in naughty positions, and curb hanger pains after all the fun with seafood towers and nautically-inspired comfort fare at LEGASEA. PS, for your single friends in search of swipe right compatibility, they just partnered with Bumble to launch BumbleSpots #AttheMoxy. Finding your perfect match has never been easier.
Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel (New York, New York)
Located just a few blocks away from Bryant Park's Winter Village, this massive year-round rooftop space has it all: seasonal hand-crafted cocktails (try the Perfect Pear or Martini Thyme), delish light bites, and North Pole-esque accommodations, should you want to spend the night. Select packages include in-room Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and discounted tickets to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and obviously there’s always the room service and a movie route with bae. Win-win either way.
The Curling Cabin at The Gwen (Chicago, Illinois)
The Curling Cabin, The Gwen’s pop-up bar on the fifth-floor terrace, is lux lodge to the max. Dripping in flannel furnishings, forest greenery, and faux furs, this is quintessential Christmas turf for kicking off your wedding countdown. And we highly suggest a group photo next to the pink moose sculpture after a spirited game of what else? Curling.
Snow Globe in the Sky at Ophelia (New York, New York)
It doesn’t get swankier for an engagement party location than Ophelia—the rooftop bar located on the 26th floor of the iconic Beekman Tower. A virtual “Snow Globe in the Sky,” this glass-encased room twinkles under crystal garlands and glittery snowflakes suspended from the 17-foot-tall ceiling. And the cocktail list features plenty of adult beverages for toasting your new future together (like the Rising Star and Fireside), while nestled into sheepskin throw-covered chairs.
Golden Hour at Sky Terrace (Telluride, Colorado)
It always feels festive at Madeline Hotel, in the center of all the blustery Colorado action. With the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop and and the historic town of Telluride as your playground, this stunning snowcapped resort has lots to keep mischievous elves busy. Happy hour at Sky Terrace comes complete with golden-hued cocktails and gold-dusted marshmallows and should you want to shed the parka, a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs made for imbibing with your besties, awaits.
Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel (Washington, DC)
If you’re going for Arctic Circle vibes for your soirée, the Top of the Gate is where you’ll find them. They turned their already epic rooftop into Top of the Skate, so you and your crew can strap on a pair of bladerunners and take a few tipsy laps around the ice. And when you need to dethaw, there’s hot pretzels, apple cider doughnuts, mulled wine, and a 3-course dessert tasting menu available in their heated igloos. What’s a proper engagement party without a little indulgence anyway?
I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey (Chicago, Illinois)
If you happen to be celebrating your upcoming nups in Chi-Town, then head over to The Godfrey's indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge, I|O Godfrey. This winter wonderland glistens during the holidays and features illuminated domes perfect for twosomes wanting to steal kisses in private, or a bridal group of 10 wanting to party in Kris Kringle-approved style. Did we mention there are s’mores available to roast at the outdoor fire pits? #HolidayGoals
The Lodge by STK (New York, New York)
When you’re in the mood for reindeer games with friends, look no further than The Lodge by STK. This Meatpacking District hot spot oozes winter escape charm like a champ and that means cabin-inspired décor, scotch cider, cinnamon champagne punch bowls, and all of the fixings fit for a crowd: venison cassoulet, short rib ravioli, and bison burgers with foie gras.
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown (New York, New York)
Gingerbread cookie skillets, love potion boozy milkshakes, mistletoe-adorned bars, and a floor-to-ceiling swing under a canopy of twinkling lights—what more could you ask of a (Shakespeare-inspired) midwinter night’s dream? PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown has morphed into an idyllic European garden prime for couples candids during the most magical time of the year.
Lookout Rooftop at The Envoy (Boston, Massachusetts)
Cozy up under fleece blankets inside your very own heated igloo, where a server balancing trays of “snuggle juice” and other hot tipples is only a click of a button away. At Lookout Rooftop at The Envoy, you’ll be surrounded by blustery Boston Harbor views and electric bubble tent hues, so don’t forget to bring a wireless charger for all the ‘gramming that’s about to commence.
Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple (New York, New York)
For your friends who love the holidays, but love champagne even more, there’s the Clicquot Chalet at the always cheerful Mr. Purple. Transformed into funky après-ski lodge high up in the concrete jungle, expect to be enchanted by whimsical deer heads, digital fireplaces, gooey cheesy fondue, and one larger-than-life snow globe with its very own champagne bar inside. Merriment begins here.