While many will argue Fall is when New York is at its best, November offers an exciting transition to Winter and the Holiday season. November events begin with a running start – The New York City Marathon will bring approximately 50,000 runners to the NYC Streets and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never fails to deliver some of the most amazing floats and entertainment. We have picked our top five November events to enjoy this month.
1. NYC Marathon
With a route encompassing all five boroughs, the New York City Marathon has the distinction of being the largest on earth, and approximately 50,000 runners take on the 26.2-mile course annually. This year, the NYC Marathon will be on Sunday, November 6th. Runners will set off from the starting point approaching the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island between 9 and 11 a.m. As many as 2 million spectators line the route, so arrive early to get a good spot, and consider hanging out at the finish line in Central Park to see the runners finish.
2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Besides turkey carving and football watching, there’s no Thanksgiving activity more traditional than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s been happening annually since 1924, and the best way to see it is live in Manhattan. The parade route starts at Central Park West and ends at Macy’s on Herald Square. Arrive before the start time of 9 a.m. on November 24th to get a good spot, and get ready to be mesmerized by the massive balloons and multicolored floats.
3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a musical stage show featuring performances from the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. This family-friendly show was written by Doug Wright and Mark Waldrop, and it’s been going strong since 1933. As always, the Rockettes will be strutting their stuff at the Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Avenue. This year, shows are happening November 11th through January 2nd, so there are ample opportunities to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
4. Union Square Holiday Market
The Union Square Holiday Market is one of the world’s largest holiday markets, and it’s open November 17th through December 24th in 2016, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. The market is located on the southern side of Union Square Park, and it’s the perfect place to pick up quirky souvenirs, artisanal gifts or a bite to eat. There are more than 100 booths to visit, so come by anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
5. Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center
Featured in blockbuster movies and prime-time TV shows such as “Elf” and “30 Rock,” ice skating at Rockefeller Center is the quintessential holiday activity in NYC. The rink opened on October 8th to celebrate its 80th anniversary. No winter in New York is complete without visiting, so grab some skates and glide across the rink while enjoying amazing views of the city and world-famous Rockefeller Christmas tree.