NYC Insider Guide November Events Calendar

New York City Events November 2019 include the Rockettes at Radio City, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel, Ariana Grande and Elton John performing, Disney on Ice, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thanksgiving Dinner, New York City Marathon, LuminoCity Festival of Lights, Veteran’s Day, tons of college Basketball and much more.

Outdoor attire will likely include scarves, gloves and hats. The fall foliage is likely still beautiful and Central Park is a must on a sunny November day. The theme of the month is “the Holidays are coming,” and toward the end of November, many of the department store windows will open their beautiful displays!

Please check sightseeing and holiday hours for Veteran’s Day (always November 11th) and Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28, 2019).

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Top NYC November Events

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel, Elton John
  • New York City Marathon
  • Disney on Ice
  • Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Fall Foliage Cruises
  • Nutcracker Ballet
  • NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • NY Giants & Jets, Knicks & Nets, Rangers & Islanders
  • Holiday Markets in NYC

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Where to Stay during November in New York City

November is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels near Rockefeller Center (Rockettes at Radio City, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Ice Skating) or on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route or near Central Park for iconic Ice Skating.

Macys Thanksgiving Parade Hotel 2019

The best Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Hotels allow you to stay warm and dry, use a rest room, eat and STILL watch the Parade from a prime spot.

Macys Thanksgiving Parade Hotel

  • JW Marriott Essex House New York – unparalleled views without the hassle of crowds and cold weather
  • the Quin – ‘Great Hotel for The Thanksgiving Day Parade!!!’ and ‘I would definitely return!!!’
  • New York Hilton Midtown – ‘Great location to see the Macy’s parade.’ and ‘All we had to do was go downstairs and watch the parade pass by.’

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Central Park NY Hotels

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes 2019

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

Nov 8, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
Daily @ 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm (some variations)

With up to 5 shows per day on weekends, the Rockettes are a tradition during the NYC Holiday Season for more than 75 years. Don’t miss the signature eye-high kicks, precision choreography and exciting, show-stopping numbers – including one with Santa.

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Best Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

  • The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center - great value and location. My NY high school classmates stayed here for our reunion
  • Night Hotel - Rated the #1 Sexiest Hotel in America (best for couples)
  • 3 West Club - consistently receives excellent reviews, especially the location and value for the price.

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Hotels Near Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller Center runs from 47th - 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Download our free neighborhood maps at Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The unlit tree arrives in November, then Black Friday and Thanksgiving pass, the department stores open their famous window holiday displays...but it is the week after Thanksgiving that represents the true start of Holiday Season in NYC for many New Yorkers.

Check the full NYC Insider Guide to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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ING New York City Marathon

Start of New York City Marathon
Start of New York City Marathon

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The NYC Marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards of the world’s most diverse marathon course. Make sure to map your route carefully on this day, as many streets will be blocked and closed. Especially the Upper East Side (Met and Frick) and the finish line in Central Park. More Info: www.ingnycmarathon.org

Spectators – First Avenue covers miles 16-19 of the race. The biggest crowds on the course line the streets on First Avenue, giving the runners a boost as they head toward the Bronx. If you want to leave First Avenue afterward, make sure to stand on the West side, as you will not be able to cross 1st Ave again until after the race.

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Best New York City Marathon Hotels

The Best New York Marathon Hotels depend on whether you are a runner or spectator and if you want to be close to the start, finish or cheer on your favorite runner.

Hotels Near Staten Island Ferry

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Get Your NY Discount Pass Before Peak Season!

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NYC Uber and UberPool - Save $5 Coupon

For a long time, I was only pro taxi as Uber had so many issues and just congested NYC. However, the launch of uberPOOL has made rides much more affordable as well as better for our roads and the environment.

uberPOOL basically combines rides, so you may go out of your way for a few minutes, but the rides will cost you about 30% less. This is a great option for 1-2 people (any more than that and you'll have to take your own car). Many times, you'll have the whole ride to yourself anyway if they can't find you a match, so you'll save huge $$. Even better, get $5 off your first Uber or uberPOOL using my link or with code uber-nycinsiderguide.

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Holiday Markets in NYC

Holiday Markets in NYC

Explore the top holiday markets in NYC, sip hot cocoa, ice skate and shop your way through our fantastic holiday bazaars, featuring unique artisan gifts for the whole family. We review Grand Central Holiday Market, Union Square Holiday Market, Shops at Winter Village Bryant Park, flea markets, Holiday Markets Shopping Tours and more.

Cross off your holiday shopping list with our full season Guide to Holiday Markets in NYC

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Sports New York City Events November

Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! To many New Yorkers, Fall Equals the Holy Grail of Sports and this is why it is their favorite of the four seasons.

The Giants and Jets are right in the middle of football season. Knicks and Nets basketball is just getting started and the NY Rangers and NY Islanders hockey seasons are underway.

More November Sports NYC:

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November New York City Concerts and Shows

November New York City Shows and Concerts

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Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures

November 6-10, 2019, Prudential Center (NJ)
November 13-17, 2019, Barclays Center
November 21-30, 2019, Nassau Coliseum

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky.

More Info and Discount Tickets: Disney on Ice NYC

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Holiday Shows in NYC

NYC is home to more special holiday shows this season than EVER before! Tickets are selling fast for the Rockettes, The Illusionsists on Broadway, A Christmas Carol on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil ‘Twas the Night Before and The Nutcracker Ballet. Don’t miss out – now is the time to score the best seats on the best days.

Holiday Shows in NYC

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Things to do in New York in November

The best Things To Do in New York in November range from Hudson Valley fall foliage to major designer bargains at New York City sample sales. Some of our top November picks include:

Things To Do in New York in November

  • Central Park Bike Tour with Photoshoot – guided two-hour bike tour through the fall foliage with a personal photographer taking pictures the entire way!
  • NYC Rooftop Lounge Tour – guaranteed access to some of our exclusive nighttime hot spots as you ascend to the city’s rooftop bars to sip cocktails under the starry sky.

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Fun Things to do in New York in Fall

There is no shortage of fun things to do in Autumn in NYC. Whether it’s biking, sailing, boating, walking, horseback riding or cheering on one of our awesome New York sports teams, you can do it all with the glorious and vibrant colored leaves as your backdrop.

Things to do in New York in Fall

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93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kermit

Parade – Thursday, November 28, 2019, 9am-12pm
Balloon Set Up – Wed, November 27, 3-10pm

What could be more fun than Broadway Stars, Shrek, Spider Man, Hello Kitty, Smurf, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Snoopy, Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear all partying together in New York City?

Make sure to note the current Parade Route (changed in 2012) and read the full Insider Guide to:

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LuminoCity Festival of Lights

New in 2019, The LuminoCity Festival of Lights is an entire island transformed into a Winter Holiday Wonderland.

LuminoCity Festival of Lights NYC

November 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Randall’s Island

In the inaugural year of 2019, LuminoCity proudly presents its signature event LuminoCity Festival, a month-long holiday event with an exhibition of spectacular light art displays, live performances and a celebration of cultures.

Described as an "An Immersive Wonderland of Lights," LuminoCity offers dozens of light displays including, The Winter Fantasy, The Skating Unicorn, Castle in the Clouds, Frosted Forest, Ice Valley, Frozen Field, Themed Nights, Holiday Markets and a lot more!

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November Broadway Show Picks

Check out our newest Broadway Shows and top NYC Insider Picks for November!

freestyle love supreme on broadway

freestyle love supreme

Sept 13, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020. Before Hamilton! Before In The Heights! More than 15 years after its inception, Freestyle Love Supreme — the original hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale — arrives on Broadway. Every performance, the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational, never-before-seen comedy ride. Performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. With spontaneous guest appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, James Monroe Iglehart, and more, every night brings the unexpected.

A Christmas Carol on Broadway

A Christmas Carol on Broadway

November 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - A new interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic story about Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge debuts on Broadway this holiday season. The ghosts of the past, present and future visit Scrooge and remind him what is really important in life. Time Out raves, “Five stars. It’s a stunning piece of visual theatre.”

The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays

The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - The mind-blowing spectacular of 'The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays' on Broadway showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth, alongside special guests Light Balance. In 2019, the show stars Dom Chambers and Eric Chien, the multi-talented magic makers known for their appearances on America's Got Talent, along with master entertainers Chris Cox, Paul Dabek, Kevin James, Sos & Victoria Petrosyan and Enzo Weyne.

Beetlejuice Broadway Musical Tickets

Beetlejuice Broadway Musical

Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, he comes up with the perfect plan involving exorcism, arranged marriage and a girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Previews March 28, Opened April 25, 2019. Ages 10+

Tootsie Broadway Musical

Tootsie Comedy Musical

Based on the classic film, Tootsie tells the story of a talented, but difficult-to-work-with actor who will do anything to land the role of a lifetime - including adopting a new, female persona, Dorothy Michaels. His audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime,only to cause complete comedy and chaos in his life. Previews March 29th, Opens April 23, 2019.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

As the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules—she rewrote them. Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd, TINA - The Tina Turner Musical reveals the untold story of one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Previews: Oct 12, 2019

Jagged Little Pill Broadway Musical

Jagged Little Pill Broadway Musical

The Healys are a picture-perfect family, but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them. Featuring Alanis Morissette’s iconic songs including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand In My Pocket,” plus brand-new songs written for the show. Previews: November 3, 2019

Celebrities on Broadway

Sea Wall/A Life

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Best November New York City Vacation Packages

With Thanksgiving and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting happening in November and December, hotel prices tend to skyrocket! Luckily, we have a fantastic NYC Vacation Company that has scoured the city to bring you the BEST deals, tons of freebies, personal planning and more to help you enjoy your NYC vacation. November is the ideal time to book your all inclusive NYC Vacation Package and save.

All New York City Vacation Packages include Hotel, Taxes, Free Attractions and Museums, Discounts, Maps, Vacation Planning Assistance and more.

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New York Comedy Festival


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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

Do you know how many attractions and tours let you skip (most) of the lines and be treated like a VIP? Save HOURS on your NYC Vacation.

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

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Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

Lincoln Center NYC

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The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center

The Nutcracker NYC Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

November 29, 2019 -January 5, 2020
Tickets on Sale in September

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.


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New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Statue of Liberty made from Palm Leaves and Grass

November 23, 2019 – January 26, 2020

A dazzling and detailed replica of Manhattan, made entirely from natural plants, and 14 electric trains running in loops around the city. The exhibit is great for both kids and adults, and makes an especially beautiful date night with cocktails on "Bar Car Nights" in December. Check out how huge the exhibit really is in person. Located in the Bronx, accessible by Subway and Metro North.

Just like NYC, twinkling lights go on at night with both city and holiday lights. Over 150 NYC landmarks are created entirely from botanical “ingredients” such as, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, poppy pods, pine cones, berries, mushrooms, nuts, bark, leaves twigs and dozens of other plant parts. Humming along between familiar sites such as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center, large-scale model trains cover a quarter-mile of track to bring life to this traditional holiday landscape. The Holiday Train Show is definitely one of those “not-to-be-missed” and “only in NYC” unique and memory-creating things to do for couples, families and children.

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NYC Events Today

NYC events today, like every day, include shows, concerts, Broadway, sports, kids events and much more. Check our NYC events calendar to see things to do in NYC today, NYC Events, shows in NYC tonight, events in NYC tonight, NYC events this weekend and more New York City upcoming events!

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Giants & Jets MetLife Schedule

New York Giants Tickets

Ready to see the Giants star quarterback, Eli Manning or catch our newest star recruit, Saquon Barkley? Perhaps you’d rather see football’s newest stars on the Jets roster? Either way, there’s nothing like a traditional American football game, so head on out to MetLife Stadium, where tickets start at just $40 per game!

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Rangers MSG Schedule

New York Rangers Tickets

Get your New York Rangers tickets and schedule to see our NY hockey team live in action at Madison Square Garden. The NY Rangers have made the finals and/or playoffs many of the most recent seasons. Their games are the easiest sporting events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

The NY Knicks, in their 70th Season, have a great roster, so come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

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NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games November


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The Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square Garden

TBD 2019

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are always a blast to watch. This is not ordinary basketball – it is a comedy show and wholesome family fun. Their high-flying blend of basketball action and comedy has thrilled fans of all ages for over 80 years. We loved this show as a kid.

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