We've found 37 free things to do in NYC this November with kids, so there's no reason to fall into the spend-and-splurge trap of the holiday season. Our list of free things to do in November includes annual favorites, like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and Macy's Santaland, as well as the Canstruction display at Brookfield Place and the Brooklyn Children's Book Fair.
The Veterans Day Parade marches up Fifth Avenue, and holiday trees start sparkling in Park Slope, Brooklyn Commons, and at Rockefeller Center. Don't forget to get in on the Rock Center tree arrival fun, too!
Read on for more of our top free event picks in November, and don't forget to hop over to our just-released Best of November list, which includes our top picks all month long. You can always find more freebies in our Guide to Free Things To Do in NYC with Kids, from free play spaces to gratis admission hours at museums.
Each of our picks for free things to do this November is listed by the week it falls in, and roughly in calendar order. Everything listed is free, but some events may require tickets or other advance planning. Click through to the event listings for details.
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Places featured in this article:
Upper Quad Area, Lehman College
Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
Pier 84, Hudson River Park
David Rubenstein Atrium
King Manor Museum
Bryant Park Carousel
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
South Street Seaport
Madison Square Park
National Parks - Multiple Locations
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
The Brick Presbyterian Church
James Forten Playground
Owl's Head Park
Miller Theater at Columbia University
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route
Macy's Herald Square
Conference House Park - HH Biddle House
Brooklyn Commons Park