Thanksgiving Weekend 2022 in NYC: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and More Things To Do

NYBG Glow offers a beautiful after-dark experience in the expansive landscape. Photo by Jody Mercier
NYBG Glow offers a beautiful after-dark experience in the expansive landscape. Photo by Jody Mercier

Looking for the best things to do in New York City on Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this Thanksgiving weekend.

We're sending up a cheer of gratitude for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Macy's Santaland, which all serve as the gateway to the sparkly NYC holiday season. Catch a Christmas tree lighting in Park Slope or ride ice bumper cars at The Standard. Plus, Thanksgiving Day weekend brings the opening of two iconic ice skating rinks: South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Children's Museum's ArtRink.

Nutcrackers are leaping across stages all around town, including the classic New York City Ballet version at Lincoln Center and Chiara Atkun's take at Ballet Arts Center. A Christmas Carol is haunting the Merchant's House Museum again. Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious are both on stage, and you can book tickets directly from our calendar. While you're there, be sure to book your FREE tickets to the upcoming Mommy Poppins' Holly Jolly Holiday Party, too. 

Our Family Activity Calendar and Guide to Christmas and the Holidays in NYC are positively lit with even more amazing holiday activities.

Places featured in this article:


South Street Seaport

Macy's Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar

David Koch Theater at Lincoln Theater

Ballet Arts Center for Dance

The New York Botanical Garden
Lights Up on Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square - 5:00 PM Pick
Bushwick Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade
Knickerbocker Plaza - 5:00 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides