By The Nation
Celebrity guests will be making appearances in the 86th-floor Observatory to greet fans. In past years they’ve included Mariah Carey and the Grammy-winning a-capella group Pentatonix.
This year Gwen Stefani lit the tower lights to kick off the holiday season and dedicate her song “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” for use in the holiday light show.
“New York City comes alive during this time of the year, and the Empire State Building is a magical and integral part of that transformation, from the tip of our tower lights to our Fifth Avenue lobby windows,” says Empire State Realty Trust chairman Anthony Malkin.
Designed by the Mark Stephen Experiential Agency, this year’s Fifth Avenue window display is trimmed with models of the ESB made from crystal and gingerbread, complete with everything from wintry landscapes to festive nutcrackers.
The Art Deco building itself is aglow with shades of gold, bronze, and silver until January 5.
ESB will partner with iHeartMedia, which runs several local radio stations, to broadcast the holiday light and music show synchronised to Stefani’s holiday hit.
Weekdays until December 29, a pianist will take the stage in the Fifth Avenue lobby performing seasonal favourites.
Check out the full lighting schedule at www.ESBNYC.com/explore/tower-lights/calendar.