Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Line Cinema's classic holiday film "Elf," the Empire State Building lit up green and yellow. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca / StarPix

In honor of the beloved holiday film “Elf,” Warner Bros. Discovery and the Empire State Building are hosting a variety of special events to celebrate the movie’s 20th anniversary.

Tower Lighting

On November 7, 2023, the Empire State Building was lit in Buddy the Elf’s signature colors of green and yellow to commemorate the film’s anniversary. This special lighting will be visible from all over New York City and will continue throughout the holiday season.

Special Film Screenings

The Empire State Building will also be hosting a series of special screenings of “Elf” throughout the month of December. These screenings will take place on the 80th floor of the building, offering stunning views of the city skyline. Guests will also be treated to complimentary candy, snacks, and beverages.

Observatory Décor

The Empire State Building’s Observatory will be decked out in “Elf”-themed décor throughout the holiday season. Visitors can expect to see festive displays inspired by the film, as well as a life-size cutout of Buddy the Elf.

Shoppable Window Displays

The building’s iconic Fifth Avenue Lobby Windows will be transformed into “Elf”-themed shoppable displays. Visitors can browse a selection of “Elf”-inspired merchandise, including apparel, accessories, and home goods.

“Buddy the Elf” Photo Opportunity

Beginning November 10, guests who visit the Empire State Building’s Observatory can pose with a life-size cutout of Buddy the Elf. This is a great opportunity to take a memorable photo with one of the most beloved holiday characters of all time.

Overall, this is a wonderful way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Elf.” The Empire State Building is a truly iconic landmark, and its partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery is sure to make this holiday season even more special.

ByMichelle Mitchell

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