FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Air Canada

Check Out New York City’s Holiday Lights from the Empire State Building

by Angelique Platas

Nov 27, 2020

Photo: Travnikovstudio | Dreamstime

Destinations / North America

There’s almost nothing like the magic of New York City during the holidays — and there’s almost nothing more quintessentially New York than the Empire State Building. Put them both together and what do you have? A new holiday tradition.


Head to the Big Apple for seasonal festivities and look out over the city from high above, with tickets to the world-famous 86th– and 102nd-floor observatories. Take in the iconic views with the holiday lights below, with an extra-special twist this year for the young and young at heart.


Star Wars fans can see the seasonally clad Fifth Avenue window displays from various observation points of the Empire State Building, including 3-D LEGO characters and the Millennium Falcon sets — all shrouded in a winter wonderland of LED lights.


Taking a photo-op at the Empire State Building is a must, and this holiday season, Nov. 30–Dec. 4, families, travelers and guests can use the world-famous and architecturally stunning skyscraper as the backdrop for their holiday cards and fond keepsakes.


Visitors purchasing a premium ticket for the 102nd-floor Observatory can choose a time slot for professional photos on the Grand Staircase. Purchase tickets here and check photo off your holiday to-do list.


“We are thrilled to be reopened and a part of New Yorkers’ holiday plans this year — there is no better time to visit the world-famous Empire State Building. With our $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience and new safety protocols which includes reduced capacity and timed ticketing, guests are welcome to experience the joy of the holiday season from the heart of New York City,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president, The Observatory.


Keep warm under the heat lamps with a 360-degree view of the city. Check the light schedule this holiday season, including Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, here and find the best time for your crew to head to the big city.


Insta Feed
Age Specific / Kids
Jan 8, 2021

First-Ever Multicultural Channel for Youth, The Planet Classroom Network, Goes Live

The Planet Classroom Network launched its programming schedule with 28 cultural organizations committed to global programming, organized by CMRubinWorld. Season one will include six months of learning content on YouTube for youth by youth.

Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Launches BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com

The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.

Jan 7, 2021

Free Family-Friendly Museums

Bringing the family to a museum is a great way to spend the day. However, with pricey admissions, some museums might be out of your budget. Thankfully, there are plenty of free museums throughout the country, perfect for a cultural experience without breaking the bank.

Travel Tips
Jan 6, 2021

What to Expect from Your Family Ski Vacation this Year

Our world changed in so many ways, it’s not surprising the ski experience will be different, too. As resorts — and entire states — grapple with the challenges of keeping guests and staff safe, a variety of plans emerge. Here are a few things families can expect.

The Greatest Show on Earth

Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.

A Safe and Fun Snow Day

On the heels of the next big snowstorm, instead of running to the store for milk and bread, have these items stocked to have the best snow day yet.