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12 Festive Things To Do at Brookfield Place This Holiday Season

12 Things to do at Brookfield Place
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Brookfield Place
December 11, 2023

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. So we’ve rounded up the most wonderful things to do, eat, and drink at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan to celebrate. And we broke it down by what to do with your fam, your friends, and your partner. So you can make the most of the holiday season. And jingle the entire way. 

For when you’ve got the whole family in tow…

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Go Ice Skating

Ready to hit the ice? Head to the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place for skating with a view. You can take lessons, attend skate school with Olympians, orrrr do your own thing. All with amazing Hudson River sunsets as your backdrop. Psst..they’re open on Christmas and New Year’s Day if you wanna make your holiday extra special. 

Dine at Parm

If Italian food is your love language, this restaurant offers lots of familiar faves from their famous NYC sister restaurant, Carbone. Think: rigatoni carbone and a healthy Sunday Salad. But that’s not all. Finish off your meal with one of their decadent desserts, like the Parm Sundae or Mario’s cannolis. That’s amore. 

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Make Memories in a Winter Wanderland

Could your IG use a little love? The interactive holiday experience we created with Brookfield Place can give your feed a glow-up. Snap pics in front of wow-worthy installations like a glowing snowflake tunnel, a life-size snow globe, and more. Plus, if you stop by between Monday, Dec 11 and Sunday, Dec 17, you’ll get a festive surprise and sweet treat on us. Happy holidays indeed.

Drop Off the Kids at Big and Tiny

Need to get some shopping done? This nursery, pre-school, and on-demand childcare center has your back. Their weekend drop-off camps are filled with fun, hands-on activities your kids will love. So you can check everyone off your list while feeling confident your little ones are well taken care of.

For when you wanna organize something special with your besties…

Shop ’til You Drop

Wanna get all your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop? Brookfield Place makes it easy to find something for everyone on your list. Find the perfect gifts from stores like J.Crew, Nike, Gucci, Argent, and Theory. Be sure to take advantage of their complimentary gift wrapping while you’re there.

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Unwind with A Self-Care Day

Because you all deserve one. Head to Plaza M for top-of-the-line spa services, get a blowout while you catch up with your friends at Drybar, treat yourself to a lymphatic massage at Clean Market, and stock up on beauty essentials at Cos Bar. Ready, set, relax. 

Grab Drinks at Seamore’s

This lively spot is a must-visit for your happy hour crew. They’ve got a variety of beer and wine as well as their signature sangria. Pro tip: Drinks are $9 or less on weekdays between 4 and 7pm. We recommend pairing them with their famous seafood bites. Cheers to you.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal at PJ Clarke’s

Celebrate the season with your nearest and dearest at this iconic spot. Menu highlights include their famous Clarke burgers, cheesesteak egg rolls, and lobster roll, to name a few. And you can’t leave without trying something from their raw bar. If your group’s on the larger side, consider dining in one of their private rooms — one of which has a separate entrance. Bon appetit. 

For when you wanna make memories with your person… 

Take a Class at the Institute of Culinary Education

Whether cooking is something you already love to do together or you’re trying to drop a not-so-subtle hint to your partner about their skills, a cooking class makes for a great date night. From a Tacos and Tequila class to Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking, there’s something on the menu for everyone. 

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Check Out the Luminaries

The Winter Garden is the ultimate destination for festive fun. You won’t wanna miss the Luminaries display — aka a glowing canopy of 640 custom lanterns that change colors. There’s a special light show at the top of every hour. Visitors can also send a holiday wish or conduct their own symphony through January 1, benefitting the Go Project. Ho-ho-holiday cheer, coming right up. 

Discover New Art

From the permanent collection to temporary installations, there’s plenty to admire at Brookfield Place. Including handmade ceramics, oil paintings, and visual art exhibitions. Pro tip: Snag a treat from Mah Ze Dahr to enjoy on your art walk.

Have a Beer at Sixpoint Brewery

In December 2023, Brookfield Place will welcome this Brooklyn brewery’s first Manhattan location at 200 Liberty Street. In addition to their taproom, they’ll have lunch and dinner menus — making it the perfect place to wind down after a day of shopping, a cold beer in hand and a tasty meal to enjoy. How brew-tiful.


Brookfield Place is full of festive things to do, buy, eat, and drink. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to sleigh the holiday season. (Sorry, had to.)

Brookfield Place is located at 230 Vesey Street. Follow @bfplny to stay up-to-date on all their seasonal events.

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