For most people, Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year. If you agree with this, it is probably because you haven’t experienced Thanksgiving time in New York. There are a ton of exciting activities to enjoy during this time that cater to everyone. Whether you enjoy a day full of parade festivities, shopping until you drop, or ice skating under the stars, New York City has it all!
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Museum of Natural History
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been celebrating the holiday since 1924 in the streets of Manhattan. If you plan on attending the parade, arriving at 6am along the parade route will assure that you get a great viewing spot of the 3-hour-long parade. Parking in New York City is hard to come by and can be expensive. That being said, public transit may be the best option when traveling to the parade. The best part is you get to enjoy the parade festivities for free! Getting to watch the parade balloons inflate the day before is an additional bonus that the kids would enjoy! This event is great for families to attend, as it is close to the American Museum of Natural History. This museum features a ton of unique exhibits that will enlighten the way you see science. Be sure to arrive early, as the crowds grow larger into the evening.
Shopping: One of the Best Things to do in NYC
If you love shopping, visiting stores on Black Friday is probably a yearly tradition for you. Shopping in New York is definitely a breed of its own. New York City is a perfect location to shop regardless of whether you are shopping on a budget or have the coin to spend. Department stores like Express, Macy’s, H&M, and Urban Outfitters are some of the most popular stores that won’t break the bank. If you prefer a more luxurious shopping experience, New York City offers stores such as Burberry, Saint Laurent, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys New York. Be sure to check out Madison Avenue from East 57 to East 86 Street, home of the most luxurious district in America!
Winter Village: Ice Skating, Christmas Trees, Holiday Spirit
Skating in New York City is the perfect way to get immersed into the winter wonderland that the city magically turns into each year. For instance, ice skating at the Winter Village in Bryant Park is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy one of New York City’s finest skating rinks with a killer view for free! If you don’t have skates of your own, no worries, skate rentals will be available. If you want to fully immerse yourself into the holiday spirit, make sure you visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in the plaza and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.
New York City has something for everyone to enjoy and love, from theatre to shopping to fun restaurants and bars. New York City becomes more magical and whimsical in the winter, and the time right around Thanksgiving is the perfect time to explore the city that never sleeps! AurTravel can assist you with booking your trip to the city today!
Jessie is a recent 2018 graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Theatre department and regularly stage manages and acts in theatre productions in Omaha. She grew up as a Navy kid, living in Sicily and Japan, and traveling everywhere in between. Her favorite part of going to a new destination was the new food she could try. Some of her favorite memories include traveling and making flight attendants and pilots laugh. Jessie serves as AurTravel’s administrative assistant and runs their social media accounts.