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, of course, 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 check out the annual Canstruction exhibition, glide on Brooklyn Bridge Park's brand-new ice skating rink, or run away to the Big Apple Circus.
Elephants reveal their Secret World at the American Museum of Natural History, Trolls are taking over CAMP, and there's a tidal wave of kid-friendly shows, including Pinkalicious, the Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker, and a reimagined Jungle Book.
As we head into the thick of the holidays in NYC, holiday lights are sparkling all over town, including Lightscape in Brooklyn, Illuminate the Farm and Astra Lumina in Queens, the Bronx Zoo's Holiday Lights, and NYBG Glow. And, at month's end, Santa starts popping up all over—most notably at Macy's Santaland.
Our Family Activity Calendar is packed to the brim with goodies every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.
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Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall
Alice Tully Hall
Museum of the City of New York
The Jewish Museum
American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn Bridge Park
The New York Botanical Garden
David Geffen Hall
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route
Macy's Herald Square
The Paley Museum
Actors Temple Theatre