It’s Thanksgiving time in New York City. The air is buzzing with excitement, commuters are buzzing with a desperate need to catch the early trains out of Penn and Grand Central, and tourists are flocking to catch a glimpse of all the sights and sounds. If you’ve just moved to NYC, it can be overwhelming. So let’s get started on what to do today and tomorrow to make sure you make the most of Thanksgiving!
For The Sightseers – The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
First, the world renowned Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off tomorrow morning bright and early. As of press time, wind speeds may still be too high to fly some of the biggest balloons. But they won’t make that decision until the parade kicks off, meaning you still have the opportunity to enjoy one of the best (and not-so-well-known) activities in NYC – the Macy’s Balloon Inflation! The event takes place from 1 pm to 8 pm the day before Thanksgiving and there is nothing more exciting than quite literally watching the balloons “come to life”. Head over to the American Museum of Natural History: you can access it at the public entrance on West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. There is a marked pathway for walking past the balloons—crowds develop around 4-5pm and the last entrances can be made at 8pm. This event is free and a very exciting way to be welcomed to NYC.
For Newly Arrived Runners!
Did you pack your running shoes? NYC is a great home for runners. After all, it IS the home of the New York City marathon and countless other great races. But if you’re looking for a local turkey trot (a common name for races occurring around Thanksgiving for all you newly arrived from abroad!), look no further than the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot! It kicks off at 9am and offers 5 miles of Prospect Park sights for you to enjoy Thanksgiving morning! https://pptc.org/turkey
For The Hungry New Yorkers!
Whether you’ve arrived from as close as Jersey or as far as New Zealand and beyond, Thanksgiving can cause stress if you’re not sure what you’re doing for food. Fortunately, New York doesn’t exactly close on Thanksgiving. While some places will undoubtedly close up shop to spend time with families, others pull out all the stops to help diners enjoy a classic (or alternative) Thanksgiving spread! For a list of great restaurants, check out the list by our friends at Time Out—just make sure to call ahead to see if you need a reservation: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/the-best-restaurants-serving-thanksgiving-dinner?package_page=36189
For New NYC Residents With Money To Burn!
Stay tuned for our Black Friday coverage but for now, check out the Shops at Bryant Park’s Winter Village to get your shopping fix and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit faster than the village that comes to life surrounding the ice skating and merriment at the Bryant Park Winter Village! https://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/bryant-park-winter-village