Things to Do in New York In November 2019
November is a Thanksgiving month, and the spirit of holidays is in the air! Enjoy deals at New York shops and make the most of your trip with these sales, if shopping is one of the goals of your visit. See Shopping and Discounts sections for more details on the current specials, and don't forget to download the visitor savings pass. If you are looking to save on sights and attraction tickets, consider CityPASS or Freestyle Pass: if you plan to visit multiple attractions in New York City, these passes allow savings of up to 40%. November has great shows on Broadway: Rockettes are back at Radio City, the show has been running since 1933! Other shows to consider are The Lion King, Aladdin! See the list of Broadway shows.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The legendary Radio City Christmas Spectacular has dazzled and inspired over 65 million people for more than 75 years and continues to create memories that will last a lifetime. Make your holiday season one to remember with the show deemed "A Superspectacular" by the New York Times.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This is one of the most beloved holidays in the US, when the whole family gathers for the Thanksgiving dinner, with a roasted turkey being its mandatory attribute. But before the dinner starts, a day is full of other festive events, one of which is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade participants will depart from the 77th street and will go towards Macy’s main department store on the 34th street. There is a stage installed next to the store where the numbers from the famous Broadway shows are performed. The parade is known for the huge balloons of famous cartoon characters.
It is officially the biggest sale of the year. Black Friday is the Friday that follows Thanksgiving Day. Some stores open at midnight, some at 5am or 6am, but no matter what time they open, there is a huge crowd at the entrance, willing to make a purchase at a huge discount. Now retailers also offer Black Friday deals online.
Getting ready for Christmas
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ends with Santa arriving in New York City. This moment is considered to be the official start of getting ready for Christmas and New Year celebration. This is one of the finest moments of the year: shops are decorating their windows, there is a Christmas tree lightning ceremony at the Rockefeller Center, Central Park opens its skating rink, and the stores kick off their holiday sales. Everything in the air tells you the great holidays are coming up.