Things are really ramping up here in New York City! The holiday season is officially upon us, and there’s no better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than right here in the Big Apple. There are so many amazing Thanksgiving traditions to enjoy over the holiday weekend, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you. In addition to gorging yourself on turkey and pumpkin pie, be sure to take in one (or more!) of these fun events.

Watch the balloons inflate

One of the city’s most cherished traditions is to watch the balloons inflate for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The event happens on Thanksgiving Eve in front of the American Museum of Natural History starting at 3pm. The best place to get a good view is on 77th and Columbus. This year’s balloon line-up includes The Grinch, Olaf from Frozen, Charlie Brown, and the Pillsbury Doughboy.

See the most famous parade in America

It’s the 92nd year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you haven’t seen this annual event in person, then let 2018 be your year. It’s the best way to start a day full of feasting, friends, and family. The parade begins at 9am and ends at noon. It kicks off at 77th and Central Park West and heads to Macy’s in Herald Square. Not only will you get to see all the balloons and floats up close, but you’ll also enjoy performances from Broadway shows and today’s hottest stars.

Get a jump on shopping on Black Friday

What better way to kick off your holiday shopping season than with a spin around the city on Black Friday. Sure, you might have to fight the crowds, but NYC really puts on a show that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Browse the holiday shops and go ice skating at Bryant Park Winter Village. Score unique gifts at the Grand Central Holiday Fair. Or take a stroll up Fifth Avenue starting at 49th Street and see all the amazing, holiday-themed window decorations.

Go ice skating

In addition to the skating rink at Bryant Park Winter Village, there are lots of other opportunities to take a spin on the ice over the Thanksgiving weekend. Of course, there’s the Rink at Rockefeller Center, where you can get great shots of the famous Christmas tree. Wollman Rink in Central Park is another favorite destination for skating and hot cocoa. If the weather outside is frightful, then head to Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, the city’s most popular year-round indoor ice rink.

Catch a show

If you’re in the mood for a little holiday razzle-dazzle, then head to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and catch the world-famous Rockettes. For some old-school holiday cheer, get your tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet. You could also take in a Broadway show over the holiday weekend, such as Disney’s Frozen or Pretty Woman: The Musical. Just be aware that most Broadway shows are dark on Thanksgiving Day.

Give back

Finally, in the season of giving it’s become a New York City tradition to spend some time giving back over the Thanksgiving weekend. You can volunteer your time or donate money or goods to organizations such as the New York City Rescue Mission, Food Bank for NYC, or City Harvest.

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