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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.

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