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The Empire State Building will play a holiday light show tonight

Written by
Lauren Rothman

With NYC temperatures climbing into 60s, it’s been difficult to fathom that the thick of the holiday season is upon us. But there’s one upside to these unseasonably mild temperatures: they’ll make it all the more comfortable for you to get outside this week and take in the Empire State Building’s annual four-night holiday light show.

Each year, the city’s most recognizable landmark illuminates in a fabulous display of dancing lights and colors, all synchronized to music. The 2015 run kicks off tonight at 7pm, when the skyscraper’s high-tech, computer-driven LED bulbs will be set ablaze in coordination with an a cappella recording of “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy.” The oh-so-recognizable “Nutcracker” piece, performed by the Grammy-nominated group Pentatonix, will play on 106.7 Lite fm, timed perfectly to the lights. So make sure to turn on your radio (or app-equipped smartphone).

If you can't watch it live, the show will be posted on the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel at 7:30 pm, but why not take advantage of the freaky El Niño-slash-global-warming temps, grab a blanket and take in the show en plein air? The Empire State Realty Trust, the organization behind tonight’s display, recommends a few choice locations for viewing the performance. If you’re a Brooklynite, the Williamsburg waterfront is your best bet; Manhattan-dwellers have a few more options, including Bryant Park, the High Line, Union Square and the Hudson River esplanade. And for those of you who have a view of the Empire State from your apartment window or rooftop, we're waiting for our invitation.

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