Regardless of the time of year, it’s always an exciting time to be in the Big Apple but November in New York is a particularly magical month. November’s calendar is jammed packed with all sorts of annual events, traditions, and activities to help you get the most out of your stay.
Hit a Holiday Market
Get in the holiday spirit while picking up a few unique holiday gifts at these top NYC Holiday Markets. These holiday fairs are sprinkled all around the city so you’re never far from finding that one-of-a-kind gift or maybe even a little something special for yourself.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Grand Central Station
Nov 21 – Dec 24
Warm up from the cold New York winter while exploring these holiday stalls inside one of New York City’s iconic landmarks, Grand Central Station. Shop the over 40 stalls of hand-made artisan treasures in the historic Vanderbilt Hall.
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park
Nov 15 – Dec 24
Sip a hot cup of cocoa while strolling through this holiday market full of local craftsman and artisans showcasing their talents.
Winter Village at Bryant Park
Oct 27 – Jan 2
A must-do during a visit to New York in November is the Winter Village at Bryant Park. This European inspired open-air market is a time-honoured annual event displaying hand-made crafts and speciality items from around the world. Visitors can also get in the holiday spirit by ice skating in the park beneath Bryant Park’s very own decorated Christmas Tree, which is the only free ice rink in Manhattan.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Columbus Circle at 59th & Central Park West
Dec 4th – 24th
On your way to visit one of the city’s most famous sites, Central Park, make a stop at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. You can shop a variety of vendors selling hand-made jewellery, clothing, unique items, and home-baked goodies.
Experience the Radio City Rockettes
Nov 8th – Jan 5th
Nothing embodies the spirit of the holidays more than this New York City Christmas tradition. This year visitors will be treated to an all-new awe-inspiring finale. Watch for this amazing production utilizing the latest in technology while keeping with the traditions spectators expect in this Radio City production.
Who doesn’t love a parade? If you’re in New York in November you can’t help but be a part of this American holiday. Spectators of all ages will gaze in amazement at the giant balloons, floats, marching bands while being entertained by top performers. After you’ve worked up an appetite you can check out these top New York City restaurants to continue the tradition with a Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner and all the trimmings.
Ice Skate at One of the City’s Rinks
Get ready to lace up your skates and practice your Axel Jump while experiencing a top winter New York City activity. Hit The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Holiday Village at Bryant Park (free skating) or Wollman Rink in Central Park for a memorable excursion.
See The Nutcracker
David Koch Theatre
Nov 29th-Jan 5th
Check out George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker for an iconic New York City holiday event. Enjoy classic ballet performances, marching toys soldiers, a glowing Christmas tree, and the best holiday memories to cherish for years to come. Be a part of this year’s 64th annual event and experience for yourself the holiday magic of The Nutcracker.
Have a Chuckle at the Annual New York Comedy Festival
Get ready to fall off your chair with laughter at this year’s New York Comedy Festival. The city celebrates the top 200 comedians with over 100 shows. The city’s top comedy shops along with many other venues will be hosting this annual event for its 15th year. Check out shows at the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, and Caroline’s on Broadway plus many other venues around the city. If you’re not in the city during the festival times you can still have a laugh at one of these top New York City comedy clubs featuring the best headliners around all year long.