5 things to do in New York during Thanksgiving

While the rest of the world is looking forward to Christmas in December, Americans are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in November and enjoying the last month of fall before the temperature drops. Here are a few things we would like to recommend if you are still not sure what to do in New York during Thanksgiving weekend.

1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

What to do in New York in Thanksgiving: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating it’s 86th year on November 26 with it’s extravagant display of gigantic balloons, floats, clowns, marching bands, dancers and not to mention celebrity performances. This year’s extensive line-up will include world-renowned singers such as Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Trey Songz, and bands Train, Daughtry, Plain White T’s, just to name a few!

The parade starts at 9 am from Central Park West at 75th Street, Time Warner Center, along 6th Avenue between Central Park South and 38th street. The route from the 38th street to Macy’s Department store on 34th has limited viewing as this telecast area is closed off to the public. Come early and don’t miss this experience, even the rest of America will be watching it on TV! Let’s not forget the Thanksgiving specials from the stores, restaurants and Broadway shows around the area that will complete this NYC experience.

2. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

What to do in New York during Thanksgiving- Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Another great way to kick off the holiday season is catching the shows from Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. This show features the world-famous precision dance company, the Rockettes, who is iconic to not just New York but the rest of America. The Rockettes appeared in commercials, the Tony Awards, Dancing with the Stars, and the Super Bowl Half-time show.

Known for their eye-high leg kicks in perfect unison along the chorus line, their style of dance includes is a mixture of modern dance and classic ballet. Decked out in dazzling holiday costumes, they will perform an array of Christmas scenes like the Nutcracker, 12 Days of Christmas as Santa’s reindeer, and the Living Nativity. The rest will be a surprise for your family and loved ones to enjoy! With an audience of at least 2 million people per year, this is one Christmas show you can’t miss! The show starts from 13 November through 3rd January 2016.

3. Shop on Black Friday

5 things to do in New York during Thanksgiving- Black Friday Shopping
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If you’re looking for great deals, there’s the annual Black Friday sale on November 27 after Thanksgiving where all of the stores have amazing markdowns. It is the perfect time to shop for Christmas gifts and rewarding yourself with what you have been eyeing for the whole year, be it those designer shoes or the latest phones. Beware of the long lines outside major stores, though.

As New York City is one for the most iconic cities for fashion, there are also plenty of sample sales for designer brands such as Helmut Lang, Armani, Rebecca Minkoff, Steven Alan, See by Chloe, La Perla, Sergo Rossi, Alexis Bittar, Vera Wang, Rebecca Taylor, Nest Fragrances and Proenza Schouler. Be sure not to miss them!

What to do in New York in November- Designer Sample Sales

4. Ice skating at Winter Village in Bryan Park

What to do in New York during Thanksgiving- Ice Skating at Winter Village Bryant Park

There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday season with ice-skating at the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park. And the best part? It’s free! Just bring your own skates or rent them from the rink. There are also 128-holiday shops and eateries that are opening at the park so you can skate, shop, eat and be merry.

5. Cruising along Hudson River

What to do in New York in November- Cruising along Hudson River
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Don’t forget to admire the colors of autumn before all of the leaves fall. There are free walking tours in Central Park where you can learn more about its history, geology and locations where many famous movies and TV shows were filmed. The Hudson Valley Foliage Cruises are a great way to relax while soaking in a beautiful scenery as you cruise along, from the Hudson River to the historic Hudson Valley. This trip is perfect for nature lovers and tourists, who want to capture picturesque images of fall.

These are a few popular things you can do in New York City during Thanksgiving week. There are countless events, festivals, shows, fairs, sales, wine tastings and farmers markets to enjoy the harvest from nature’s bounty. It’s the city that you can’t help but fall in love with, over and over again.

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