One World Observatory to transform into highest urban winter wonderland in US for the holidays

Winter Onederland at One World Observatory

One World Observatory, the indoor observatory at the top of One World Trade Center in New York, is debuting its ‘Winter ONEderland: A Holiday Experience Above It All’ starting this weekend and running through the holiday season.

The completely reimagined experience will debut on Friday, November 17 and run continuously through the holiday season, ending on January 7. The family-friendly experience will transform the observatory into a unique winter wonderland located 1,250 feet above the ground.

“The holiday season is a truly special time in New York City,” said Keith Douglas, managing director of One World Observatory. “We are thrilled to reimagine the visitor experience for the holiday season. One World Observatory offers so much more than amazing views. Our holiday program transports visitors on a journey around the world that culminates with a visit to the observation deck, complete with holiday treats, thematic dining options and a visit and photograph with Santa.”

New additions to the Observatory experience will include: a One World of Wonders, a multi-media experience where guests join Winter ONEderland mascot Ollie the Owl as he takes flight, journeying past the wonders of the world – both ancient and modern; Glacier Cave, where guests can wander through a magical underground winter grotto; a Snowy SkyPod Journey, where visitors will delight in the thrill of snowfall while riding above New York City’s sparkling skyline in the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere; plus a giant snow globe, Santa’s Village and more.

One Mix and One Dine will offer festive fare, specialty cocktails and daily features, while holiday cookies and specialty drinks crafted specifically for the season will also be available. The Gallery at One World Observatory will offer commemorative holiday and seasonal merchandise, including ornaments, accessories, scarves and knit caps.

The experience will be open daily from 9:00am-9:00pm (special hours on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1; early closing on Sunday, December 24). Santa visits will begin Friday, November 24 and continue each weekend until Christmas Eve. Visitors can purchase tickets in advance at www.oneworldobservatory.com.

In celebration of the transformation, on Friday, November 17, the observatory will host a community day, hosted by Santa Claus and Observatory Founding Partner, JetBlue.

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I am a reporter for The Drum covering a wide array of topics but always trying to tell the best stories possible. I am a former west coaster from California and Portland, Oregon, now living in Pennsylvania — with time spent in NYC each week.

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