There is no shortage of fun and free activities that will entertain you during the holiday season. From enjoying delicious food to catching up with family and friends, there is plenty to do around Thanksgiving. Here are five things you can do on Thanksgiving in NYC before going into a food coma.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The annual parade featuring giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater performances, and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. New York just wouldn’t be the same without the Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you live in NYC and you usually like to stay home and watch the parade on TV, that’s fine too, but you should definitely go see it in person one year. Nothing compares to how festive you’ll feel experiencing everything live! Also, if you go early, you can watch them inflate the balloons at the American Museum of Natural History (77th and 81st Streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue) starting Wednesday, November 21 from 1 to 8 pm.
Where: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 77th St and Central Park West and heads down to 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square.
When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.
Bryant Park Winter Village
It’s officially Christmas when the winter village is set up! If you’re not familiar, Bryant Park features 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and more than 170 shopping kiosks and food vendors. The winter village officially opens on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Out with the spooky season and in with the Santa season!
Where: Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018
Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot
With all that delicious Thanksgiving food, you’ll be stuffed for days. Burn off a few pounds by running through Prospect Park. If you can race to be the winner at this 5K, you win a “great winter hat” as well as a pie! If you have room for more than just pie, there will be a nice spread of bagels, fruit and hot chocolate waiting for you once you pass the finish line.
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn 11215 (Enter park from Willink entrance)
When: Thanksgiving Day, 9AM
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
A yearly tradition since 1933, this classic Christmas spectacle offers tap dancers, a flying Santa Claus and, of course, the world-famous synchronized precision dancing of the Rockettes. It’s an unbelievable, unforgettable experience! It’s perfect for the whole family.
Where: Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center.
When: Shows run from November 8, 2019, through January 5, 2020.
New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic! It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. This magical 1954 production, set to Tchaikovsky’s incredible score, includes the full New York City Ballet company and two casts of School of American Ballet students, an onstage blizzard and a Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet!
Where: David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) W 63rd St at Columbus Ave, New York, 10023
When: November 2019 – January 2020