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.