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A New Immersive Experience Exploring the Northern Lights is Now Showing at Rockefeller Center
December 12, 2023, 7:06.25 pm ET


Photo: HERO

HERO, the new venue at Rockefeller Center dedicated to immersive storytelling, is offering a new exhibit called, “The Winter Forest of The Northern Lights.”

Guests step into an underground Winter Forest, beneath the world’s most famous Christmas tree, to explore seven zones of wonder and be transported to the ultimate viewing of the Aurora Borealis above them. Explorers may also play beneath the snow covered birches, explore ancient winter traditions and make new memories. The installations include:

The Winter Wish - A magical introduction video that welcomes guests into our poetic story via a larger-than-life 60 ft wide by 10ft tall LED video installation.

The Northern Forest - Two wishing pools are surrounded by birch trees, an invitation to reflect, and audio inspired by Scandinavian myths of the winter.

The Eastern Forest - Guests are invited to find a comfortable spot to sit and absorb the resonance of handcrafted gongs from Indonesia while gazing upon the inverted tree of light.

The Aurora Borealis - The center installation is a stunning overhead display of the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) in a room filled with starlight and snow for guests to play in.

The Western Forest - The final experience invites our guests to get lost in a winter maze filled with snow and fog, with audio offering another moment for reflection and looking forward.

Guests can also enjoy The Enchanted Cocoa Bar, presented in partnership with Maison du Chocolat, with artisanal hot chocolate and mystical elixirs. Located at 15 W 49th Street (Rockefeller Center - Rink Level), The Winter Forest of The Northern Lights runs through March. Hours of operations are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $18 for children. For more information, visit