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#MustDo in NYC: Get Festive in the City (Nov. 19-30)


It’s prime time in New York City; the city is decorated in lights, the air is crisp, the fireplaces are lit and every corner is full of holiday cheer. Yes, there is also that influx of tourist but it’s just too magical to be a bother – it’s likely the only time of year most locals visit Midtown for leisure. The last two weeks of November marks full-on holiday mode and not even the early snow will get locals down. 

For the rest of this month’s #MustDo in NYC, a round up of some festive happenings.


See the Parade Stars Come to Life

Head to the Upper West Side to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons come to life. It used to be a little-known secret but just like the cronut, it’s now a thing and there will most likely be a line – so plan ahead!

Wednesday, November 21

77 & West Central Park


Watch the Parade

We all have to try it at least once, right? The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American tradition, people travel from across the country to get a front-row seat to NYC’s grandest event and it’s right here in our own backyard. The secret is all in the planning – head to their site to find watchpoints and map out your day.

Thursday, November 22 from 9 am onwards

From West 77th & Central Park West to Macy’s Herald Square


Nutcracker, the Classic and One With a Twist

If you don’t frequent the ballet, this is a good show to start with – dancing mice, toys and fairies, it’s a crowd-pleaser for the whole family. The New York City Ballet dedicates the entire company’s effort to this show to entertain and delight every year around this time, find specific showtimes on their website. For a not-so-family-friendly fun twist, Nutcracker Rouge is an homage to the season you need, trust us, the burlesque drag-show version is not to be missed! RSVP on their website for tickets and info on showtimes.

Multiple Days, check the website for specific dates/times


Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

An event to ring in the Christmas season. Gather your friends and some hot chocolate to join in on this annual tradition. Find more information and performance schedules on the official website. Some highlights for this year’s entertainment include Diana Ross, Brett Eldredge, John Legend and more!

Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm


Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping

It’s the season for craft markets, where all prospective gifts are huddled in one area so you can get through that list in one trip. The Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar has it all, from locally-made crafts and food vendors to activities for kids and more. But,  If going it alone is not your thing, learn more about our Holiday SIghts and Market Tour for a local guide that can show you all the tips and stops in Manhattan.

Running through the holiday season


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