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Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory


The observatory atop One World Trade has been transformed to a festival for the holidays! A “Winter ONEderland” has opened in New York City!

Hanging with Santa at One World Observatory

Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory will run continuously through the holiday season, ending on January 7th. Experiences include “One World of Wonders,” a multi-media experience where guests join Winter ONEderland mascot Ollie the Owl as he takes flight, a Glacier Cave for guests to wander through, a snowy elevator ride, and a giant snow globe showcasing New York City’s famous skyline. Top off the experience with a visit to Old St. Nick in Santa’s Village, where parents can reserve a time for the kids.

See more of our experience below!

Meeting Ollie the Owl at Winter ONEderland

Meet Ollie the Snow Owl

Joining the most stunning views in NYC, is a snowy owl friend Ollie – who is the mascot for the One World Observatory’s Winter ONEderland. Ollie, an animated friend, helps to bring visitors though the lobby and up to the observatory through a multi-media experience.

Guests enter the lobby and meet Ollie as he takes flight, navigating through snowy animations of the world’s most popular destinations, called One World of Wonders.


One World of Wonders at One World Trade Center

One World of Wonders and Glacier Cave

Through the gorgeous hallway is 144 individual screens that leads you to the One World Observatory’s famous elevators. Its here in this multi-media experience where guests join Ollie the Owl as he takes flight across the world. Scenes of famous landmarks are featured on the screens; including the Great Wall of China, Sydney, Australia, Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

After the World of Wonders comes another One World Trade stunner- Glacier Cave. Here, guests wander a winding trail through an underground winter grotto, with sparkling crystals and winter icicles.


Snowy Sky Pod Journey at One World Discovery

Snowy Sky Pod Journey

It wouldn’t be a winter wonderland without snow! There’s nothing more thrilling than a winter scene while riding high above NYC in the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere. The SkyPod elevator travels to Floor 102 in 47 seconds, at a speed of about 23 miles per hour. During the ascension, floor-to-ceiling LED technology immerses visitors in a snow covered time-lapse recreation of the development of New York City’s skyline. A one-of-a-kind winter wonderland experience that you cannot miss.


Winter ONEderland Snowglobe at One World Discovery

Giant Snow Globe

One of the jewels of the Winter ONEderland experience, is the giant snow globe showcasing New York City’s famous skyline that is perfect for the ultimate selfie moment. Mechanical fans blow “snow” through the perfectly placed glass sphere, as it falls gently over a replica One World Trade Center. A magical scene with the skyline view of Manhattan in the background.


Santa Experience at One World Observatory

Santa’s Village

Could there be any better holiday surprise then seeing Santa Claus 102 floors above the New York City Skyline? For a truly unforgettable experience in a breathtaking setting – Santa Claus is available to schedule one on one visits every weekend up until Christmas. Take home the keepsake of a visit with Santa on top of the World, with a professionally captured, high quality 8×6 photo. The Santa package also includes a surprise gift with every purchase.


Boozy Apple Cider available at One World Obervatory

Holiday Treats

One World Observatory’s restaurant, One Dine, and bar, One Mix, are the perfect companions to your holiday experience while visiting Winter ONEderland. Both are offering new holiday fare, specialty cocktails and daily features, including turkey roulade with a pecan and cranberry stuffing, and a dry aged New York strip steak. Holiday specialty drinks are also available. – such as the Boozy Apple Cider (featured above). Reservations are strongly suggested.


Amazing views at One World Observatory

Amazing Sights at Astonishing Heights 

The observation deck that sits atop the 104-story skyscraper at the former site of the Twin Towers is one of Manhattan’s top tourist attractions. The building is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and at 1,776 feet – this is where visitors will get an unparalleled view of New York City and its incredible surroundings.


Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory

Location: One World Trade Center. Located at 1 World Trade Center – West Plaza and West Street. The Entrance to the Observatory is located at the Northwest Corner of the World Trade Center; at the intersection of West and Vesey
When: The Winter ONEderland experience runs through January 7th. Santa visits One World Observatory each weekend until Christmas Eve.
Time: The experience will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (special hours on Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1; early closing on Sunday, December 24).
Admission: Admission to One World Observatory starts at $34 per person, and goes up to $67 with VIP entry and escorted tours.
Tickets: Tickets and More information HERE.

Thank you One World Observatory for sponsoring our visit. As always, all opinions and reviews are our own.


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