The Empire State Building to celebrate 20th anniversary of ‘ELF’ with special tower lighting, screenings & themed décor this holiday season! 🎄

The Empire State Building (ESB) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of New Line Cinema’s holiday classic “ELF” with a special tower lighting, film screenings, and themed décor at the Observatory throughout the holiday season.

The beloved film features Buddy the Elf, who travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his father at his office in the Empire State Building.

Empire State Building, LED Lights.

Celebrations for the milestone anniversary include:

  • Holiday Cheer – In partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery, “Elf” will take over the Observatory with themed décor in the building’s Fifth Avenue Lobby and on its famed 86th Floor Observatory. The iconic Fifth Avenue Lobby windows will depict snowy scenes of Buddy the Elf and his friends as he travels from the North Pole to the “World’s Most Famous Building.” The “Elf”-themed shoppable window displays will be a visual feast for visitors through Jan. 1, and feature a range of “Elf”-inspired products that capture the magic and merriment of the film. Guests can also pose with a life-size version of Buddy the Elf in an “Elf”-themed photo corner on the building’s iconic 86th Floor Observatory as of Nov. 10.
  • Anniversary Screenings – Fans can purchase a special ticket to view “Elf” at one of four screenings on the Observatory’s 80th Floor on Sunday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Tickets will include holiday-themed drinks and snacks, and full access to ESB’s second floor museum and 86th Floor Observatory. More information and tickets can be found here.
  • Festive Pop-Up – On Nov. 7 from 2-5 p.m., Warner Bros. Discovery will host a pop-up cart at the Empire State Building on the 86th Floor Observatory for guests to receive complimentary treats inspired by the elves’ four food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.
  • Lights – At sunset, the Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights will shine in Buddy the Elf’s signature colors — green and yellow — to celebrate the milestone anniversary on Nov. 7.

ELF at The Empire State Building. Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust

The Empire State Building’s world-famous Observatory Experience recently underwent a $165 million reimagination that features a new lobby, an interactive museum with nine galleries, brand-new host uniforms, and iconic Observatories on the 86th and 102nd Floors.

The Observatory Experience was recently named #1 attraction in the U.S. for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor travellers.

For more information on the Empire State Building Observatory Experience, and to book tickets, please CLICK HERE. 

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