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Winter Garden

The mesmerizing display of colorful lanterns returns to Brookfield Place with a new experience called Maestro that allows you to conduct the canopy!  Conceived and created by the LAB at Rockwell Group, Luminaries is a holiday ritual inspired by the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, community and light. For each wish made and interaction with Maestro, Brookfield Place will donate $1 up to $25,000 to City Harvest.


November 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Illuminate your holiday wish by sending a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns above.


December 4-7, 11-12, 16-19, 2021
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

New this year, visitors will also be able to conduct their own symphony with a new interactive experience, Maestro! Show off your creativity using a gesture-controlled instrument to display your own unique light show in unison with holiday music.

Tips how to best experience Maestro:

  • Light colored clothing and masks are recommended.
  • If you have a dark jacket, you could remove your jacket. If you have long sleeves, you can roll them up.
  • Start with your palms up, centered over the light at the Maestro stand.
  • Children under 4 feet 6 inches will either need a parent to stand behind them to assist or the child can make a wish at Luminaries instead. Hands must reach 4 inches above the Maestro stand.


November 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

View a special light show at the top of every hour, set to the following holiday 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  


The LAB at Rockwell Group is an experience design studio that builds memorable spaces that engage the senses through strategic storytelling, immersive environments, and evocative content. Our architects, strategists, interaction and graphic designers, and content developers help forward-thinking companies create compelling brand narratives through a variety of mediums. Our content tells stories; our technology is interactive and captures the imagination; and our programming creates a reason to return again and again. Using story, architecture, and technology, the LAB choreographs unique, seamless journeys.


City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. As the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will rescue 111 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it—free of charge—to nearly 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, community partners, and their own Mobile Markets across the five boroughs. They work alongside community partners to boost community capacity, expand nutrition education, and strengthen local food systems. For more than 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time.

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