November is one of those months where you can feel the buzz that makes New York City so exciting. NYC is heading into the holiday season, and there are tons of ways to celebrate and get into the spirit all over the city. Whether you enjoy ice-skating, a parade, or even a great comedy show, November is the month that will dazzle you.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

(Oct 27 – Jan 2) Are you ready to make some magical winter memories? Then head over to the Winter Village at Bryant Park. Get some holiday shopping done, grab a bite to eat, and relax with a spin around the ice-skating rink – the only free admission rink in the city.

Fall Foliage Cruise

(Through Nov 11) It’s not too late to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of New York. Jump aboard one of the classic boats of Classic Harbor Line for a Fall Foliage Cruise up the Hudson River. Choose a brunch cruise on a yacht or a scenic sail on a schooner and sip a hot cup of tea while you take in the splendor.

White Light Festival

(Through Nov 18) Art has the power to illuminate our lives, and the Lincoln Center is celebrating this during the White Light Festival. Enjoy performances in a variety of disciplines from dancing Shaolin Temple monks to a production of Waiting for Godot from Ireland.


(Nov 2-15) Art and charity collide in Canstruction, an international competition where people compete to design and build sculptures entirely out of canned food. The creations will be on display at Brookfield Place until the end of the competition when all cans will be donated to City Harvest.

NYC Marathon

(Nov 4) Just because you’re not a runner doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the NYC Marathon. It’s an astonishing display of athleticism and stamina, and it’s the world’s biggest and most popular marathon. Cheer runners on at viewing points across the five boroughs, or purchase Grandstand Seating to see the dramatic finish in Central Park.

New York Comedy Festival

(Nov 5-11) Who couldn’t use a good laugh right now? Thank goodness the city is hosting the New York Comedy Festival. All of your favorite comics will be performing in venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Conan O’Brien, Tracy Morgan, and Marc Maron.

New York City Veterans Day Parade

(Nov 11) Honor our nation’s veterans in the country’s largest event honoring service. This year’s Veterans Day Parade marks the centennial of the end of the World War I, so it will no doubt be a very moving and meaningful day.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

(Nov 22) It’s one of the most iconic celebrations in the city, so don’t miss your chance to say you saw it in person. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the best way to start your holiday. Enjoy performances from Broadway shows, appearances by your favorite celebrities, and of course all the famous balloons.

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House

(Nov 27 – Dec 29) Returning for the sixth year, A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House is a magical event that is performed at the historic landmark home. You’ll feel you’ve been transported back 150 years at this intimate and very special event.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

(Nov 28) Easily one of the most dazzling tree lighting ceremonies on the planet, the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Watch it lit up live on the plaza, or enjoy the display until January 7.

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