November Events & Things to Do Calendar

New York City Events November 2021 include the Rockettes at Radio City, Billy Joel, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thanksgiving Dinner, Black Friday NYC Sales, Broadway Under the Stars, New York City Marathon, NYBG Train Show & Glow, Veteran’s Day, tons of college Basketball and much more.

Broadway is Back with many shows already re-opened and the return of Book of Mormon and Harry Potter. New Broadway premieres this November include Company, starring Patti LuPone & Katrina Lenk and the new Diana musical.

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 25, 2021).

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Top NYC November Events

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • More Broadway Shows Reopen
  • New York City Marathon
  • Black Friday NYC Sales
  • 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
  • Ice Skating
  • Broadway Previews: Company & Diana

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Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 25, 2021 (pending confirmation)
9am-12pm on NBC

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?

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New York City Marathon

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

November 7, 2021

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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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 2021

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.’

See All: Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Hotels

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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 Rockettes 2021

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

On Sale Now: November 5, 2021 - January 2, 2022
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

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 2021

Our best guess is that will be Wednesday, December 1, 2021, as it is almost always the Wednesday after Thanksgiving.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 - Jan 11, 2021
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting is a highlight of every winter in NYC. The unlit tree arrives in November, and after Black Friday and Thanksgiving, 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 Lighting

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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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NYC November Sports

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. Once every few years, we’ll have a Playoff or World Series baseball game, so stay tuned.

New York Sports November

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New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

November 20, 2021 – Jan 23, 2022

A dazzling and detailed replica of Manhattan, made entirely from plants, leaves, seeds and bark. There are at least 14 electric trains running in loops around the city, which showcases more than 175 scaled iconic buildings and structures such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and the Statue of Liberty. The exhibit is great for both kids and adults, and makes an especially beautiful date night with cocktails on "Bar Car Nights" in December. 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. All NYC landmarks and buildings 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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NYBG GLOW – An Outdoor Light Experience

New York Botanical Garden GLOW

November 24, 2021–January 22, 2022 (25 Select nights)
5–10 pm

Back for it’s second year, let it GLOW at The New York Botanical Garden. Discover the beauty of the landmark landscape and historic buildings after dark, breathtakingly illuminated with a newly expanded 1.5-mile colorful experience. Washes of brilliant color, thousands of dazzling LEDs, illuminated plant stories, and whimsical, picture-perfect installations reflect the surrounding gardens and collections—creating a spectacle not to be [email protected] NYBG

Located in the Bronx, accessible by Subway and Metro North.

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November New York City Concerts and Shows

November New York City Shows and Concerts

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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, 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.

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November Broadway Show Picks

Broadway is Back with many shows already re-opened and the return of Book of Mormon and Harry Potter. New Broadway premieres this November include Company, starring Patti LuPone & Katrina Lenk and the new Diana musical.

Company Broadway Musical

Company Broadway Musical - Starring Patti LuPone & Katrina Lenk

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy about life, love and marriage, presents this iconic musical with the lead role of “Bobby” re-imagined for the first time as a woman. At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? Why doesn’t she settle down and have a family? Her friends are driving her mad! Find out how she handles it through Sondheim’s iconic songs – The Ladies Who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side. Previews Nov 15th, Opens Dec 9, 2021. Ages 16+

Diana Broadway Musical

Diana Broadway Musical - Previews November 2, Opens November 17, 2021.

When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, she instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stood up for her family, her country and herself. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever. DIANA is the electrifying new musical about a woman who chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless.

Harry Potter on Broadway

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - 2018 TONY Award Winner Best Play

Returns Nov 16, 2021 as a 1 Act/ 1 Ticket Play. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father to three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. Previews March 16, Opens April 22, 2018. (Ages 10+).

The Lehman Trilogy Broadway Play

The Lehman Trilogy Broadway Play - Sep 25, 2021- Jan 2, 2022

Directed by Academy Award®, Tony® and Golden Globe® winner Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy follows three brothers from their arrival in America in search of a new life, to the collapse of the firm they established, to the resulting financial crisis, the largest in history. The Wall Street Journal says, "You should crawl across broken glass to see it." NYC Insider Guide saw this in London and it was AMAZING! The acting is superb, the characters indelible and the set design totally unique. This is a true New Yorkers play and a must-see.

Full List of Broadway Shows and Discount Broadway Tickets

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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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Take a Fall Foliage Cruise or Trip

With dozens of discount tickets available, you can't miss with a trip in or out of the city to see the fall leaves in their glorious autumn colors. Take to the river and join Classic Harbor on one of their classic sailboats and head north up the Hudson River to take in the beautiful fall foliage.

More Fall Foliage Trips

Fall Foliage New York

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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

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NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

NYC Printable Guides - Available for Immediate Download

REALLY??? This is a lifesaver! I’m too ADD-riddled to ever have been able to compile all this info in a useful way. Thanks to these tools, our 3 short days in NYC will be spent just how we want with no time wasted. I really can’t say enough good things. To anyone on the fence about this purchase…it truly is the best $20 you can spend and will probably save you way more than that in time alone.

NYC Insider Printable Guides

Honestly this was the best book I’ve ever purchased and it was worth every single dollar I spent on it!!

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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

  • Fall Foliage Cruises - Jump aboard a classic sailboat and head north up the Hudson River to take in the beautiful fall foliage. 
  • Explore Central Park on Bike or Foot or Horse Carriage Tour - the fall foliage is a don't miss in NYC!
  • NYC Rooftop Lounge Tour - guaranteed access to exclusive nighttime hot spots as you ascend to the city’s rooftop bars to sip cocktails under the starry sky.

See All: Fun Things to do in New York in Fall

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

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The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center

The Nutcracker NYC Ballet

Nov 26, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
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.

Photo: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

More Info: Nutcracker Ballet

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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

More: Lincoln Center Venue Guide

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Broadway Under the Stars

Broadway Under the Stars NYC

TBD 2021: November 11-December 9, 2019, Mondays
Shops at Columbus Circle

Adults and children can watch FREE Broadway performances while holiday shopping at The Shops at Columbus Circle. Kick off the holiday season with Broadway Under the Stars and enjoy live performances featuring the most popular shows on Broadway!

November 11: Waitress, Chicago, Oklahoma!, The Lightning Thief
November 18: Come From Away, Rock of Ages
November 25: Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, The Illusionist
December 2: Beetlejuice, Tootsie, Mean Girls
December 9: Phantom of the Opera, WICKED

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Black Friday NYC Deals

2021 Updates Pending. There are ton of amazing online NYC Travel deals on Black Friday every year. If you, or anyone you know, is traveling to NYC in the next year, this is THE day to buy your attractions passes, book hotels, buy sightseeing passes and much more.

Black Friday NYC Deals

  • Booking.com offers 40% off select reservations worldwide for stays between November 27 – March 31, 2020. Book between November 25 – December 2, 2019 for a 40% discount.
  • New York Sightseeing Pass – Up to 42% off Sightseeing Passes Black Friday and Cyber Mondya, adding to the already 20% Off November Sale and Up to $100. Includes Unlimited Hop on Hop off Buses, One World Observatory, $40 Credit to use towards Empire State Building Observatory and up to 100 attractions and tours. (Read our NYC Attractions Pass Comparison)
  • New York Pass – on sale November 29 – December 2, 2019. Prices usually go up for the NYP in December, so now is the time to buy. What’s better than our best sale of the year? Taking your trip to NY to new heights with a helicopter ride over New York City. Everyone who buys a New York Pass between Black Friday and Cyber Monday will have the chance to win an incredible helicopter tour experience, courtesy of HeliNY.
  • Go New York Card – November 25 – December 2, 2019, sightseers will receive an extra 15% discount on Go City passes.

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New York Comedy Festival

TBD 2021. November 4-10, 2019

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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 2021

New York Giants Tickets

MetLife Stadium will operate at full capacity for the 2021 season!!!!! Ready to see the Giants and 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 the last six consecutive seasons. Their games are the easiest sporting events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

NY Rangers Schedule – Home Games November

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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

No matter how they are performing, Knicks games are always a blast and there's nothing like an event at MSG. Come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, "The World’s Most Famous Arena." Go NYC style with cheap seats, fast paced sports action, hot dogs and beer and cheer on the New York Knicks today! As a general rule, with plenty of exceptions, basketball games start at either 7:30pm or 12:00pm, November through April.

NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games November

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LuminoCity Festival of Lights

LuminoCity Festival of Lights NYC

November 27, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Randall's Island

This year's festival is one of the few large-scale events happening this holiday season - all outdoors and socially distanced. This year, the festival will present a brand new theme and never-before-seen art installations on view for 29 nights.

  • More Info & Tickets: LuminoCity Festival of Lights
  • Directions: Take the Uptown or Downtown 4, 5, or 6 train to 125th St and transfer to the M35, which goes right to Randall’s Island.

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Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures

Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures

TBD 2021

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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