New York’s getting ready for the holiday season with lots of family-friendly events! From holiday markets, to ice rink openings and Christmas tree lightings – you can definitely feel the spirit of the holidays surrounding New York.
One of the biggest events in New York in November 2018 is Thanksgiving. This national holiday will be celebrated with a massive parade. Something you should definitely see while you’re in New York. But that’s still not everything. Here’s our list of the top events in New York in November 2018.
Top Events in New York in November 2018
What? Winter Village @ Bryant Park
When? November 1, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Where? Bryant Park (Map)
Description: Bryant Park transforms into a Winter Wonderland for the whole family! Upon entering the park, you will be greeted by an impressive Christmas tree and a spacious ice rink. If you fancy ice skating, you’ll have the opportunity to rent skates. In case you need to warm up, the holiday market offers a variety of warm snacks and drinks from 125 vendors.
What? Holiday Markets
When? November 1 – December 24, 2018
Where? Various locations in NYC
Description: Holiday markets can be found in a variety of boroughs and areas throughout New York City. Hundreds of different vendors offering their finest specialties: No matter if you are looking for handmade jewelry, art, toys, etc., or if you want to treat yourself with a mulled wine from a local winery.
Noteworthy markets: Grand Central Holiday Fair (November 12 – December 24, 2018) | Union Square Holiday Market (November 15 – December 24, 2018) | Columbus Circle Holiday Market (November 28 – December 24, 2018)
What? New York City Marathon 2018
When? November 4, 2018
Where? Various locations in NYC (Check the course map here)
Free? Yes (Spectators)
Description: One of the best sports events in New York in November 2018 is waiting for you! Watch more than 50,000 marathon runners as they conquer New York City! The marathon starts on Staten Island, passes through Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx and finally finishes after 26.219 miles at Central Park West. Start time of the last wave of runners is 11AM. The first runners at the finish line can be expected at approximately 12 PM.
What? Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018
When? November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Where? Radio City Music Hall (Map)
Description: Every year, the Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan presents the Christmas Spectacular – A musical for young and old. During the 90-minute show, the Rockettes precision dance group delights spectators with a colorful Christmas themed show. Although this event is not for free, it’s definitely worth buying tickets. Kids will love it!
What? New York City Veterans Day Parade 2018
When? November 11, 2018
Where? Fifth Avenue, from 23th to 59th Street
Description: The Veterans Day Parade 2018 will be held one day before the official Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11 AM. This annual federal holiday honors the service of veterans and those who are currently serving military. Show your support by gathering along the parade route.
What? Holiday Train Show 2018
When? November 17, 2018 – January 21, 2019
Where? New York Botanical Garden, Bronx (Map)
Description: The New York Botanical Garden invites kids of all ages and railroad enthusiasts to it’s annual Holiday Train Show. Inside the Botanical Garden in the Bronx, you will find miniature trains and subways running on its tracks past the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty, and beautiful floral arrangements surrounding the train show.
What? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018
When? November 22, 2018 (9 AM)
Where? Midtown Manhattan (Route Map)
Description: The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, presented by the famous department store Macy’s, is a must-see event in New York in November 2018. It’s not only the world’s largest parade, but also the most impressive one. Gigantic balloons are the floating through the city, marching bands are showing off their skills and clowns entertain the little ones. A perfect spectacle for the whole family!
Tip: Watch the balloons unfold in front of the American Museum of Natural History on Thanksgiving Eve (21st November 2018) at the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation event.
What? Thanksgiving Dinner
When? November 22, 2018
Where? Various restaurants in NYC
Description: Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without a stuffing Turkey dinner. If you don’t feel like cooking, don’t worry. You are in New York City! Loads of restaurants are offering special menus for the whole family. Check out the website above and book a table at a restaurant of your choice.
What? Winter’s Eve @ Lincoln Square
When? November 26, 2018 (5:30 PM)
Where? Lincoln Square (Map)
Description: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square starts with a tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park, Upper West Side and offers many fun activities. From food tastings, to entertainment for kids and live music.
What? Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2018
When? November 28, 2018 (7 PM)
Where? Rockefeller Center (Map)
Description: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting is the ultimate event in New York in November 2018 and a highlight for every Christmas enthusiast. The impressive decorated tree (up to 100 feet tall), will be lit in a public ceremony on November 28, 2018. Since access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, make sure you’ll arrive early at the Rockefeller Plaza, if you want to be part of the event.
Tip: If you can’t make it to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, don’t worry. Here are a few other noteworthy tree-lighting ceremony locations: Central Park (November 29, 2018) | Park Avenue (December 2, 2018) | Queens Botanical Garden (December 2, 2018)
With this list of events in New York in November 2018 you are all set for the holiday season! We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection. What event you are planning on visiting? Let us know in the comments!