In honor of the film that has become a holiday tradition for families around the globe, Warner Bros. Discovery and the Empire State Building are celebrating the 20th anniversary of New Line Cinema's holiday classic Elf with a special tower lighting, film screenings, and themed décor at the Observatory through the holiday season.
The celebration kicked off yesterday in the "magical land called New York City" as the Empire State Building was lit in Buddy the Elf's signature colors – green and yellow – to pay tribute to the film's 20th anniversary.
Elf debuted in theatres on November 7, 2003.
Adding to the festivities, visitors who pass through the building's iconic Fifth Avenue Lobby Windows from now through January 1 will be transported into the whimsical world of Buddy the Elf and his adventures, all the way from the North Pole to New York City.
The Elf-themed shoppable window displays will be a visual feast for visitors, featuring a range of Elf-inspired products that capture the magic and merriment of the film.
Beginning November 10, guests who visit the building's 86th floor Observatory can pose with a life-size version of Buddy the Elf with a free photo opportunity.
And to top it all off, the Empire State Building will be hosting Elf movie screenings on December 3, 10, and 17, high atop the building's 80th floor.
This Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.
The film is directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It is produced by Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki, and Shauna Robertson, and stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner, and Bob Newhart.