Republished with permission from Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place will once again transform into Lower Manhattan’s leading destination for the holidays this season, announcing brand-new and returning festive activations throughout the end of 2022.  

Brookfield Place’s holiday programming offers delights for everyone – from new events such as Après Hour to returning favorites such as Luminaries and free performances of The Nutcracker by New York Theatre Ballet. The Rink also returns to bring friends and families together to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Brookfield Place. Additionally, new retail and culinary experiences have arrived just in time for the holidays

November 17,  2022 – March 2023: The Rink at Brookfield Place

Located on the Waterfront Terrace, the Rink at Brookfield Place opens in mid-November for another memorable skating season. New Yorkers and tourists alike will enjoy breathtaking views of the cityscape and Hudson River while skating the 7,350 square-foot outdoor rink. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. New to skating? Guests can also sign up for private and semi-private lessons led by US Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. Hours vary and are weather permitting. 

Visit for hours and updates.

November 25, 2022 – January 6, 2023: Luminaries 

This mesmerizing installation is a holiday tradition, featuring a canopy of colorful lights emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. Luminaries was created by the LAB at Rockwell Group for Brookfield Place, inspired by the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community.

Touchless wishing stations on the ground allow visitors to send a motion-activated ‘wish’ into the canopy of lanterns above, prompting a magical display of lights and colors. 

Maestro returns for a second year as an interactive experience that invites guests to conduct their own symphony with Luminaries’ canopy of lanterns. Leveraging skeletal tracking technology, Maestro allows you to show off your creativity and display your own unique light show in unison with holiday music.

For every interaction at Luminaries, Brookfield Place will donate $1, up to $25,000 to Outreach, which offers high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health services for youth and adults in NYC and on Long Island struggling with substance and alcohol abuse.

At the top of every hour, Luminaries will display a light show featuring a selection of music set to the following  holiday classic songs:

  • Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé 
  • Silver Bells by Tony Bennett 
  • Carol of the Bells by The Bird and The Bee 
  • Let It Snow by Pentatonix 

November 25 – December 24, 2022: Holiday Spend & Receive

Do your holiday shopping at Brookfield Place this season and receive a gift card.

  • Spend $250 and receive a $25 gift card
  • Spend $500 and receive a $60 gift card
  • Spend $1,000 and receive a $150 gift card

Gift cards can be redeemed at the 230 Vesey Street Kiosk. This promotion is valid for one gift card per person, while supplies last.

November 25 – December 24, 2022: Gift Wrapping 

Show your BFPL shopping receipt and head over to the second floor to receive complimentary gift wrapping!

The gift wrapping station is located at 230 Vesey Street Kiosk, first level.

November 28, December 2, 12, and 19, 2022: Holiday Book Drop

Each Monday for four weeks, 100 children’s and adult holiday books will be placed on the bookshelves surrounding the book tree set up in the Winter Garden Pavillion, Second Level. A diverse selection of Christmas classics, winter tales, and Hanukkah stories will be available. Guests are invited to take a book home or enjoy reading them in the rocking chair seating pods gathered around the uniquely Instagrammable book tree. This library is a welcoming place for all Brookfield Place visitors, and offers a great way to entertain young children during the holiday shopping season!

December 2 – 4, 2022: New York Theater Ballet: Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

The beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael.

The acclaimed dance company will present four performances in the Winter Garden, one of the city’s only free opportunities to enjoy a holiday must-see performance. Perfect for ages 3 and up!

Performance Schedule: 

  • Friday, December 2 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 PM

Registration opens to the public on Thursday, November 17. Capacity permitting, walk-ins may be accommodated. Please visit for registration information. 

New York Theatre Ballet will also offer mini-ballet classes two hours before the performance starts. Bring your little ones to learn basic movements and then try to spot them on the stage! Classes are ten minutes each and open to ages 5-8 with no previous experience or special attire required. Classes will be located on the performance circle in the Winter Garden and are first come, first served. 

December 6, December 13 and December 20, 2022: Après Hour

For the first time ever, the Winter Garden will be transformed into a cocktail experience under Luminaries, après hours, offering guests the opportunity to sample nostalgic holiday and winter beverages such as sparkling poinsettia and spiked hot chocolate. This ticketed event series will benefit our charity partner, Outreach, who will receive the proceeds. In addition to the curated winter cocktails and fun festive décor, there will be light bites and giveaways throughout the evening at this ultimate winter happy hour.

Aprés Hour: 

  • 5 – 8 PM 

December 7, 2022: theSkimm Fashion Show 

In partnership with Brookfield Place and Manhattan West, join theSkimm and fashion influencer Kelly Augustine for a relatable fashion show which gives solutions to common shopping and seasonal dilemmas. Guests will receive a gift bag filled with a gift guide, goodies, and exclusive offers. Click here to register (FREE)


  • 5:30 – 6:30PM ET

December  14-18, 21-24 2022:  Selfies with Santa

Everyone’s invited to snap selfies with Santa this season in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Kicking off on Dec 14th, kids, grandparents and friends and family are invited to join the fun. There will be crafts, candy canes and lots of holiday cheer! On Wednesday, December 14th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM, bring your furry loved ones for a special afternoon of pet photos with Santa. 

Santa Hours:

  • 12/14 10AM – 12PM, 4:30PM – 7:30PM (Pet Photos with Santa)
  • 12/15 10AM – 12PM, 3PM – 7PM 
  • 12/16 10AM – 12PM, 3PM – 7PM
  • 12/17 10AM – 2PM, 4PM – 7PM 
  • 12/18 10AM – 2pm, 4PM – 6PM 
  • 12/21 10AM – 2pm, 4PM – 7PM 
  • 12/22 10AM – 2pm, 4PM – 7PM 
  • 12/23 10AM – 2pm, 4PM – 7PM 
  • 12/24 10AM – 2pm, 4PM – 6PM 

Additional Happenings at Brookfield Place New York

To help get into the spirit of the season, Brookfield Place also unveils exciting new retail and culinary experiences for guests to enjoy. Upstairs at Hudson Eats, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery opened its much-anticipated outpost, elevating baked goods with comforting decadence that can be experienced every day. While upstairs, you can watch the world’s top soccer teams go head-to-head in Qatar on the large screens this season. Big and Tiny, a modern family-oriented nursery & preschool, opened its first New York City location at Brookfield Place, featuring creative and innovative play spaces for kids to learn, play and explore.

Visit for a full listing of retail and dining experiences at Brookfield Place