Be sure to tune in to see Red Titan from Ryan's World and many  other giant balloons at the  94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's
Be sure to tune in to see Red Titan from Ryan's World and many other giant balloons at the 94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's

Thanksgiving Weekend Best Things To Do in NYC With Kids: NYBG Glow, LuminoCity, and More

This week, the lights start to come on all over town, and by the end of the holiday weekend, NYC should be lit up like—well—like a Christmas tree. And while this Thanksgiving is a bit outside the norm, we're going to count our blessings and feel extra grateful for The New York Botanical Garden's new light show, the return of LuminoCity, and the fact our kids can safely talk to Santa.

The Holiday Express toy train exhibit is back at the New-York Historical Society. Radial Park debuts a Christmas show, paired with a screening of Elf, and the BAMkids Film Festival is going virtual, which means you can actually score tickets.

So break out the hot chocolate and popcorn while you watch the virtual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and work off all that food with a skating session or a hike on one of NYC's gorgeous hiking trails.

We're keeping the NYC Event Calendar and our seasonal Holiday Guide up to date with tons of things to do for these unusual holidays.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, reservations are required for many of these events, so plan your outings in advance, and be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address, time, and pricing.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Skyline Drive-In
1 Oak Street
Brooklyn, NY

Event Cruises NYC
299 South Street
New York, NY 10002

Radial Park
27-50 1st Street
Astoria, NY 11102

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458

Randall's Island
20 Randalls Island Rd Icahn Stadium
New York, NY 10035

Atlantic Avenue
4th Avenue through Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
82nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Anne Loftus Playground
West 192nd to Dyckman Street
New York, NY

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)

MetroTech Commons, in front of 2 MetroTech Center.
between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue, and Willoughby Street and Tech Place.
Brooklyn, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC

BAM Rose Cinemas Online

Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Skyland Stadium Christmas Light Show
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

South Jersey Holiday Light Show at Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Road
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512

Magic of Lights, Toyota Oakdale Theater
95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT

Goodwin Park, Holiday Light Fantasia
1130 Maple Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114

India Rock Nature Center, Santa Lights Up the Lake
501 Wolcott Road
Bristol, CT 06010

ShadyBrook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Kensico Dam Park
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Ct
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Road
Bethel , NY 12720

Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA 19047

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
778 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487

Lehigh Parkway
Lehigh Parkway E
Allentown, PA 18103

Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Pkwy
Wantagh, NY 11793

Smith Point County Park
1 William Floyd Pkwy.,l Girl Scouts Of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show
Shirley, NY

Long Island Sports Park
149 Edwards Ave.
Calverton, NY 11933

Herr's Snack Factory
Route 1 and 272
Nottingham, PA

The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Phestival of Trees 100 Station Ave
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Orange County Fairgrounds
239 Wisner Ave
Middletown, NY 10940

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
82nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

20 Randall's Island Park
New York, NY 10035

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

Dyker Lights
84th Street and 12th Avenue
Brooklyn , NY 11228

Strasburg Railroad
301 Gap Road
Ronks, PA 17572

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 West Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road
East Windsor, CT

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Black River & Western Railroad
Flemington Station behind Liberty Village Premium Outlets
Flemington, NJ
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
Skyline Drive-in
Skyline Drive-In - 9:00 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park - various times
Intrepid Adventures: Intrepid Women
The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum Online - various times
Electric Dandelions
South Street Seaport - various times
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