The holidays are always a special time in New York City, with tons of events and attractions to keep busy from Thanksgiving to New Years. But most festivities don’t take place over 1,200 feet in the sky. One World Observatory does just that during their “Winter ONEderland” event, which transforms their 102nd-floor observatory into a magical winter oasis beginning on Nov. 26. Starting with a snowy ride to the top of One WTC, the event features interactive multi-media installations, visits from Santa, and holiday-themed fare and beverages.
Visitors are taken up to the top floor in the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere as snow falls around them. Plus, on the SkyPod ride images will be depicted of the NYC skyline’s evolution over centuries.
Ollie the Owl, the adorable mascot of the experience, takes guests on a tour of the world through various animated displays. And the “glacier cave” lets visitors wander through a winter grotto decorated with crystals and icicles.
Santa and his sleigh will be found at the event and parents can reserve a time with him for their kids. Professional photographers will be on hand to get that perfect snapshot.
For the adults, holiday cocktails, like cinnamon-infused whiskey and Irish Cream or a spiked eggnog drinks, and other small-batch wines and local beers will be offered at the ONE Mix and Dine bar and restaurant. The restaurant’s special holiday menu features a Thanksgiving-inspired meal of turkey breast, potatoes and gravy, and cranberry sauce.
The event kicks off on Nov. 26 and runs through Jan. 7, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Santa visits will run until Christmas Eve. Tickets are likely to go fast, so reserve them here.
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Images by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for One World Observatory