BATTERY PARK CITY — A canopy of dynamic glowing lanterns is lighting up Brookfield Place this winter.
The Luminaries — an installation of hundreds of lights, hanging from the glass Winter Garden atrium — returns this week, for its second holiday season at Brookfield Place.
The vibrant lights become interactive when visitors place their hands on one of several "wishing stations" — created as something of a luminescent wishing well — that send a surge of color through the installation.
For every "wish" made, Arts Brookfield will donate donate $1 — up to $25,000 — to the GRAMMY Foundation to support its GRAMMY in the Schools music education programs for high school students.
The display will also feature light shows every half-hour, on the hour, with some linked to songs including Tony Bennett's rendition of "Silver Bells" and "Winter Wonderland," sung by Michael Bublé.
The opening of Luminaries is being celebrated Dec. 1, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., with a night of family-friendly events, including free ice skating at Brookfield Place's rink, which sits outside of the atrium, free hot chocolate, cider and other sweet treats, as well a parade with Santa and holiday music performances.
The display, created by design firm the Rockwell Group, will be shining every day from Dec. 1 through Jan. 29. The wishing well stations will be running through Jan. 8.