Empire State Building unveils holiday plans and new ‘Star Wars’ themed window display

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Photos courtesy of the Empire State Building

Despite the pandemic, New York City is still gearing up for the holiday season, including the Empire State Building (ESB).

The ESB announced their lineup of holiday festivities. In an effort to enforce social distancing, all events will be time ticketed and masks or face coverings will be required for all visitors.

“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. 

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. New Yorkers can check out ESB’s Fifth Avenue window display which has 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. The windows will also have geometric shapes and textures, as well as a video screen which plays celebratory LEGO® Star Wars holiday video scenes.

To see the full light schedule, visit www.esbnyc.com/explore/tower-lights/calendar.

Guests can visit the 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories to check out the iconic New York City views. The 86th Floor Observatory will stay warm with heat lamps installed throughout the open-air, 360-degree deck.

This year, ESB is offering an opportunity for families to take holiday portraits. On Nov. 30 and Dec. 4, families and guests are invited to make the Empire State Building the backdrop of their 2020-2021 holiday card when they purchase a premium ticket to the 102nd floor Observatory. Guests will choose a time slot for their photo to be taken on the Grand Staircase in the Observatory lobby. Tickets can be purchased at www.esbnyc.com/buy-tickets/2020-holiday-promotion.

For more information, visit www.esbnyc.com.

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