Tower Lights

Tonight, the Empire State Building will be lit in its signature white.


Signature white.


Signature white.

The international icon of the New York skyline, since 1976 the Empire State Building’s tower lights have maintained a tradition of changing color to recognize various occasions and organizations throughout the year.

Everything changed in 2012, when ownership installed a new computer driven LED light system. The system is capable of displaying 16 million colors, which can change instantaneously.

We stage dazzling light shows celebrating holidays and events, often synchronized to music broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations. Just search "Empire State Building Light Shows" on YouTube to see the shows!

Become an Empire State Building Lighting Partner

Complete the Lighting Partner application to be considered for a Lighting Partnership.

The Empire State Building does not grant lightings for personal events such as birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings; commercial events; political campaigns; religious figures or events. See full rules and guidelines for lighting partners.

Take the Tour!

The virtual tour walks you through the whole experience, from the newly renovated art-deco lobby through the sustainability and historical exhibits, up to our observatories.

See for yourself what makes the Empire State Building Experience a must-see on your next NYC visit.