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The Empire State Building’s Holiday Experience Will Take You to Another Galaxy

The Empire State Building (ESB) announced the details of its annual holiday festivities. Visitors who purchase tickets to visit the world-famous 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories will see more than just the iconic views.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Star Wars™ fans young and old to visit the ESB Observatory. ESB’s seasonal Fifth Avenue window display, visible only to ESB tenants and ESB Observatory visitors on their exit from the Observatory, features 3D LEGO® models of the Star Wars construction sets which include the AT-AT™, Snowspeeder™, The Child™, The Razor Crest™, Sith TIE Fighter™, Poe Dameron’s X-wing Fighter™, and the Millennium Falcon™ sets, placed in a winter wonderland with LED lights that dazzle. The modern window will also be decorated with clean geometric shapes and textures, as well as a video screen that plays celebratory LEGO® Star Wars holiday video scenes.

ESB’s holiday season will also be celebrated with a first-ever photo opportunity for family holiday portraits. From November 30 – December 4, families and visitors are invited to make the Empire State Building the backdrop of their 2020-2021 holiday card. With a purchase of a premium ticket to the 102nd floor Observatory, visitors can choose a time slot to have their professional photo taken on the Grand Staircase in the Observatory lobby. Tickets can be purchased at

“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 of the Observatory. 

While the weather outside may be frightful, visitors to the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory will stay warm with heat lamps installed throughout the open-air, 360-degree deck.

Throughout the holiday season, ESB will be decked with holiday decorations and tower lights that will illuminate the New York City skyline in celebration of Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. For the full tower light schedule, please visit

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