Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. and iHeartMedia announced that the annual Empire State Building (ESB) holiday music-to-light show will premiere tonight, December 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. EST and play hourly throughout the week until Christmas.
The show, designed by renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, will be synced live each night on iHeartMedia’s 106.7 litefm at 7 p.m. from December 21 through December 24.
The iconic landmark has been celebrating the season by “unwrapping” surprise gifts all month long with an exclusive lineup of special guests and live performances. The all-new music-to-light show is the culmination to cap off the season with a colorful and exciting twist on a holiday classic.
The brand-new musical extravaganza will feature chart-topping acapella group Pentatonix, and their Grammy-nominated track, “Dance of The Sugarplum Fairy,” from their #1 holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me.
The stunning presentation will be visible to revelers and tourists from various vantage points around New York City and the Tri-State area. A video of the entire show will be posted on the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel (bit.ly/ESBUnwrappedVid) immediately following the event for those around the world to enjoy. Fans should use the hashtag #ESBUnwrapped on social media channels to join in the excitement.
Throughout the month of December, ESB has been celebrating the season using #ESBUnwrapped to spotlight holiday lightings, surprise celebrity guest appearances and dazzling decorations. On Thursday, December 10, ESB provided a sneak peek of the music-to-light show with a live performance by Pentatonix in its iconic Fifth Avenue lobby.
“Through our partnership with iHeartMedia, our signature light shows set to music have become a spectacular sight illuminating the New York City skyline, and our holiday light shows are particular New York City favorites. This year the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia are happy to have Grammy-nominated acapella group Pentatonix share in the holiday spirit with all of New York City, and the world through our aerial video of the show,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO, ESRT.
“Holiday lights on the Empire State Building and Christmas music on 106.7 litefm are NY holiday traditions,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms at iHeartMedia. “We’re excited to partner by syncing our holiday music to the tower lights, creating something special for New Yorkers while they celebrate the season.”