November 17, 2020

Empire State Building Observatory This Holiday Season

Holiday windows to feature LEGO STAR WARS™ sets

New York, NY, November 18, 2020 – The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the details of its annual holiday festivities. Guests who purchase tickets to visit the world-famous 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories will see more than just the iconic views. This holiday season take Lonely Planet’s recommendation and visit the Empire State Building’s Observatory ranked New York City’s #1 attraction.

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 which 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 guests are invited to make the Empire State Building the backdrop of their 2020-2021 holiday card. Upon a purchase of a premium ticket to the 102nd floor Observatory, guests will choose a time slot to have their professional photo taken on the Grand Staircase in the Observatory lobby. Strike a pose, smile, and capture your family in front of the Empire State Building model illuminated in festive red and green. 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, guests to our 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

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna top), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The Empire State Building was named the world’s most popular travel destination in a study conducted by Uber and was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,,,,,, or

About Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the “World’s Most Famous Building.” ESRT is a leader in energy efficiency in the built environment and sustainability and is the first commercial real estate portfolio in the U.S. to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address a COVID-19 environment now and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.  The Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2020, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. 

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