Best of November: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Lights, and More Things To Do in NYC

The Amaze Light Festival in Queens is geared toward all ages. Photo courtesy of the Amaze Light Festival
The Amaze Light Festival in Queens is geared toward all ages. Photo courtesy of the Amaze Light Festival

In November, New York City gears up for holidays from Election Day to Veterans Day to Thanksgiving and then scrambles full steam ahead to Christmas.

November ushers in the holiday season in NYC and the biggest events on our calendar are the Macy's balloon inflation and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at the month's end. But, there's plenty of fun before those giant balloons take flight. Families can enjoy Paul Taylor's Family Menagerie Matinee, the annual Canstruction exhibition, and hit the ice at the Rockefeller Center Rink. We're also jumping for joy because the Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center early this month, too.

Mid-month brings the beloved TILT Kids' Day, a gingerbread competition, and the annual Brooklyn's Children's Book Fair, along with the big Titanic exhibition, and a dazzle of kid-friendly shows, including the Fancy Nancy Christmas show.

Speaking of dazzling, holiday lights are illuminating all five boroughs, including Lightscape in Brooklyn, Illuminate the Farm and Amaze Light Festival in Queens, the NYC Winter Lantern Fest on Staten Island, the Bronx Zoo's Holiday Lights, and NYBG Glow.  

We’re adding more events to our Family Activity Calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.

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Places featured in this article:


David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

Museum of the City of New York

Titanic | The Exhibition

FIAF - French Institute Alliance Française

Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

The New York Botanical Garden
The Paper Bag Players: Big Bag of Laughs
The Kaye Playhouse - 10:30 AM Pick
Color Factory's Winter Colorland
Color Factory - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits Online Camp
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Online MIT App Making Camp
Young Gates - Kids Online Personalized Classes - 9:30 AM
Artificial Intelligence with Scratch Online Camp
Young Gates - Kids Online Personalized Classes - 9:30 AM
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