Things To Do In November

We’re revving up for the most festive time of year, folks! November is when the city starts to bring out its shine, sparkle, and gratitude like never before… each year seems to outdo the last! Our roundup this month for things to do in November features both holiday and non-holiday items…but don’t worry! If you’re craving more festivities, we’ll be bringing you plenty of additional content throughout the month on how to make this special season in NYC your best yet.

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 22nd

First and foremost – It goes without saying that one of the most sought after events in NYC happens in November – you guessed it, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! If you’re planning to be in the city, plan your morning so that you get a good spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 9am, but for “front row” viewing we suggest grabbing your spots by 7am at the latest. You’ll be able to oogle at the giant balloons and floats, listen to the marching bands and musical performers, and really kick off the holidays in true New York City style! The parade goes down Central Park West on the Westside and then turns onto 6th Avenue. The full map of this free parade can be found on the Macy’s website. Be on the lookout for our guide to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, coming soon!

bulldozer made of cans
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Canstruction: November 2nd through 15th

For the last 26 years, Canstruction has been a fabulous design competition that also doubles as a food charity. In a nutshell, artists, architects, engineers, and contractors are tasked with building creative sculptures made from cans of food. The huge sculptures are then put on display for all New Yorkers to appreciate. They will be shown Downtown at the Brookfield Place shopping center from November 2nd through 15th, and then all cans will be donated to the local charity City Harvest for distribution to those New Yorkers in need.

The event is free, and this is a great way to take in a bit of art and culture while getting a jump start on holiday shopping! Glenwood residents living at Barclay Tower and Liberty Plaza will love the local convenience of this event.

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Doc NYC: November 8th through 15th

If you’re into films, particularly documentaries, you absolutely want to mark your calendar for America’s largest documentary film festival, happening November 8th through 15th. The Doc NYC Festival will be going on throughout Chelsea and Greenwich Village, showcasing films that feature reportage, memoir, history, and humor…truly something for everyone. This year there will be 135 documentary films shown, including world premieres and special events. Tickets for individual screenings are $19 for adults, or a 10-ticket package may be purchased for $160.

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The Holiday Train Show: November 15th through February 3rd

If you’re passing through Grand Central this month in Midtown East (and really, who isn’t?!), make sure to carve out extra time to stop by the Holiday Train Show. Located inside the New York Transit Museum Store, the show consists of a 34 foot-long model train layout with trains and subways that run on eight different loops. It’s just as fascinating for adults to see as children, and unlike the train show that happens annually at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx (that costs a pretty penny!), this one is completely free.

A tip: although this runs through February, the crowds starting in December get pretty intense. As a local you have the advantage to go early and beat the holiday rush of tourists, so take advantage of this and plan to go in November.

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Cocoa and Carols: November 17th through December 30th

If you’re looking for a fun outing to do with friends, co-workers, or your significant other that feels really seasonal, look no further than Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise. This special boat cruise is $64 a person, and leaves Chelsea Piers on the Westside. It includes 1 hour and 30 minutes worth of hot cocoa, cookies, cocktails, live music, and of course, singalongs to your favorite carols! The city lights will be on display as you cruise down the Hudson…what a way to welcome the season ahead!

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