New York City Events November 2012

NYC Insider Guide Top Picks November Events Calendar

New York City Events November 2012 include the New York City Marathon, Thanksgiving Day Parade and Veteran’s Day. Outdoor attire will likely include scarves, gloves and hats. The tree leaves might still be beautiful – or gone, depending on the climate. 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 (Sunday, November 11, 2012) and Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22, 2012).

Radio City Christmas Spectacular, with the Rockettes

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

November 9 – December 30, 2012
Presale tickets April 5-23
On sale to public 04/24/12

With up to 4 shows per day on weekends, the Rockettes are a tradition during the NYC Holiday Season for more than 75 years. This unparalleled show stars the world-famous Rockettes and features their signature eye-high kicks, precision choreography and exciting, show-stopping numbers — including one with Santa. More Info: Radio City Christmas Spectacular with Rockettes

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86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Kermit
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Parade – Thursday, November 22, 2012, 9am-12pm
Balloon Set Up – November 21st, 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 NEW 2012 Parade Route and read the full Insider Guide to:

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 201280th Annual Tree Lighting
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The tree arrives in November, Black Friday and Thanksgiving just passed, the department stores just opened their famous window holiday displays…the week after Thanksgiving 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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Most Popular Things to Do in New York City

What to book and buy NOW…NYC’s Most Popular Tickets this Month

Book of Mormon Broadway Musical
Book of Mormon

New York Giants Football
New York Giants

9-11 Ground Zero Memorial Tickets
Ground Zero Memorial

Thanksgiving Dinner in New York City
Thanksgiving Dinner

Wicked Broadway Musical
Wicked on Broadway

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New York Giants Football Schedule and Tickets

in action. Check out the New Giants MetLife Stadium, home of the 2014 Superbowl, and take the super-easy train to the game! See our star quarterback, Eli Manning, wide receiver, Hakeem Nicks along with our salsa-dancing Victor Cruz. Although they have the NFL’s toughest schedule, the Giants are serious AFC contenders and a thrill to watch! Tickets start at just $40 per game! More Info: New York Giants Tickets, Schedule and Directions.
NY Giants Schedule – Home Games 2012
New York Giants TicketsWednesday, 9/5 8:30 pm, NBC, vs. Dallas
Sunday 9/16 1:00 pm, FOX, vs. Tampa Bay
Sunday 10/7, 1:00 pm, CBS, vs. Cleveland
Sunday 10/21, 1:00 pm, FOX, vs. Washington
Sunday, 11/4, 4:15 pm, CBC, Pittsburgh
Sunday 11/25, 8:20 pm, NBC, vs. Green Bay
Sunday 12/9, 4:15pm, FOX, vs. New Orleans
Sunday 12/30, 1:00pm, FOX vs. Philadelphia

New York Giants Tickets

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New York Jets Football Schedule and Tickets

Get your New York Jets Tickets to see our star Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow live in action at the New MetLife Stadium, shared with the NY Giants and home of the 2014 Super Bowl.
New York Jets tickets are a bit more available than Giants tickets, and you can even get some at a discount with no fees! NYC’s American football team is sure to provide some great football action this season, and the defense with Darrelle Revis and Bart Scott is as good as there is in the NFL.

NY Jets Schedule – Home Games 2012

New York Jets SymbolSaturday, 8/9 7:00 pm, vs. NY Giants (Pre-Season)
Sun, 8/26 8:00 pm, NBC, vs. Carolina (Pre-Season)
Sunday, 9/9 1:00 pm, NBC, vs. Buffalo
Sunday, 9/30 1:00 pm, FOX, vs. San Francisco
Monday, 10/8 8:30 pm, ESPN, vs. Houston
Sunday, 10/14 1:00 pm, CBS, vs. Indianapolis
Sunday, 10/21 4:15 pm, CBS, at New England
Sunday, 10/28 1:00 pm, CBS, vs. Miami
Sunday 11/4 – BYE
Thursday, 11/22 8:20 pm, NBC vs. New England
Sunday, 12/2 1:00 pm, FOX, vs. Arizona
Sunday, 12/23 8:20 pm, NBC, vs. San Diego

New York Jets Tickets

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New York Knicks Basketball Tickets and Schedule

The NY Knicks are better than they’ve been in a long time, thanks to our stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Tickets start at just $13, with lots of discount options, and their games are the easiest sporting event in NYC to attend. Madison Square Garden, the World’s Most Famous Arena, is right in Penn Station, accessible by almost any subway and just two blocks from the Empire State Building. Go NYC style with cheap seats, fast paced sports action, hot dogs and beer and check out the New York Knicks Tickets, Schedule and Directions today!

NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games November 2012

New York Knicks Tickets

Fri, Nov 02, 8:00pm, vs. Miami
Sun, Nov 04, 12:00pm, vs. Philadelphia
Fri, Nov 09, 7:30pm, vs. Dallas
Sun, Nov 18, 12:00pm, vs. Indiana
Sun, Nov 25, 1:00pm, vs. Detroit
Fri, Nov 30, 7:30pm, vs. Washington

New York Knicks Tickets at MSG

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Brooklyn Nets Basketball Tickets and Schedule

A huge New York City welcome to our newest professional sports team, the Brooklyn Nets, representing the first major league sports team back in Brooklyn in over 50 years! The Nets and Barclays Center are bound to be amazing: they have the second highest paid starting five in the NBA, will be offering classic Brooklyn foods like Nathan’s hot dogs and Juniors’ cheesecake, and have Jay-Z as a part owner! With 2,000 seats at Barclay’s Center costing $25 or less, professional basketball is now available to everyone! Brooklyn Nets Tickets, Schedule and Directions

Brooklyn Nets Schedule – Home Games November 2012

Brooklyn Nets Basketball Tickets

Thu, Nov 1, 7:00pm vs New York
Sat, Nov 3, 7:30pm vs Toronto
Mon, Nov 5, 7:30pm vs Minnesota
Sun, Nov 11, 3:00pm vs Orlando
Tue, Nov 13, 7:30pm vs Cleveland
Thu, Nov 15, 8:00pm vs Boston
Fri, Nov 23, 7:30pm vs LA Clippers
Sun, Nov 25, 3:00pm vs Portland

Brooklyn Nets Tickets at Barclays Center

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New York City Concerts – November 2012

Use Code TNTIX | $10 off orders $300+

Madonna at Madison Square Garden

November 12, 2012

Justin Bieber
Carly Rae Jepsen, Fri, 11/09/12, Izod Center (NJ) Tickets
Carly Rae Jepsen, Mon, 11/12/12, Barclays Center
Wed, 11/28/12, MSG
Thurs, 11/29/12, MSG

So You Think You Can Dance – Live
Beacon Theatre ,

November 13-14, 2012

The Who

Wed, Nov 14 2012 7:30 PM, Barclays Center

Aerosmith & Cheap Trick

Tuesday, November 20, 2012,

Radio City Rockettes (tickets on sale in April)

Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

Nov 27, 2012 – Dec 2, 2012

Barclays Center

More New York City Shows

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: Get the Sillies Out! – November 30, Dec 1-2

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Harry Potter The Exhibit Returns to Discovery Center

Harry Potter Exhibit Times SquareNovember 3, 2012 – April 7, 2013
Discovery Times Square Exposition
226 W 44th St, (Bway/8th Aves)

After a widely successful international tour, the iconic exhibition is making its way back to NYC for you to experience firsthand the magic of Hogwarts™. Marvel at over 200 authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter™ films, including some newly added never-before-seen artifacts from the epic series finale!

Step inside the famous wizard’s magical world as you make your way through the dramatic displays inspired by the films’ sets – including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor™ common room. While touring through the exhibition space, discover iconic items such as Harry’s original wand and eyeglasses, the Marauder’s Map, Gryffindor school uniforms as well as costumes worn at the Yule Ball.$25 Adults, $19.50 (4-12) plus fees, Under 4 free. Ways to get tickets:

  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Save 15% on Tickets!
  • Included with your New York Pass
  • Offered as a choice with the NY Explorer Pass and Go Select Card
  • Buy in advance, along with tons of other sightseeing options at Harry Potter Exhibit in Times Square or check out the full Harry Potter NYC Vacation Package
  • also check out the Spy Exhibit
  • Want to stay near the exhibit? Check out the NYC Insider top recommended Hotels in Times Square

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Best Broadway Shows for Kids in New York City

Wicked Broadway Musical

Lion King Broadway Musical

Mary Poppins Broadway Musical New York


Broadway Shows: Hot | New | Celebrities | Kids | Musicals | Plays

Broadway Shows Open on Thanksgiving and Christmas

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NIT Season Tip Off and Championship Game

Madison Square Garden NIT
Madison Square Garden NIT

NIT Post Season Tip Off 2012
11/21, 7:00 pm- Semifinals
11/23, 2:30 pm – Championship

NIT Season Tip-Off Tickets or try TicketmasterMichigan, Virginia, Kansas State and Pittsburgh headline the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off, and the winners advance to Madison Square Garden during Thanksgiving Weekend. Held every November, the Preseason NIT Tip-Off Finals are a great way to kick off the beginning of the college basketball season.

More College Basketball at Barclays Center

  • November 9 – Barclays Center Classic (Kentucky vs Maryland)
  • November 15 – 2k Sports Classic – Wounded Warrior Project – Semifinals
  • November 15-16 – 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden – The Classic features two nights of Championship doubleheader action as Villanova, Purdue, Alabama and Oregon State battle it out at MSG!
  • November 16-17 – Coaches v. Cancer Classic
  • November 19 – Legends Classic (Semifinals) : Georgetown Hoyas, Georgia Bulldogs, Indiana Hoosiers, and UCLA Bruins Basketball
  • November 20 – Legends Classic (Consolation Game and Finals) : Georgetown Hoyas, Georgia Bulldogs, Indiana Hoosiers, and UCLA Bruins Basketball

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Thanksgiving Dinner in New York City

Thanksgiving Dinner in New York City
Thanksgiving in New York City
Many restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in New York City, and most of them will be serving pre-fix dinners.Check out the complete NYC Insider Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner in New York City.

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The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center

The Nutcracker NYC Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

November 23-December 30, 2012
Tickets on Sale: September 23
Tickets $40-$225

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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Times Talks – New York Times Live Interviews

Times Talks - The New York Times Live Interviews

242 West 41st Street (7th/ 8th Aves)
Tickets usually $30

Top picks for November? MATT DAMON with GUS VAN SANT! Tuesday, November 27th.

Now, this is NYC! Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies).

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Ice Skating in New York City

Ice Skating New York City | Rockefeller Center

For tourists and locals alike, ice skating at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park is a classic New York winter experience.

We also have several other Ice Skating Rinks around the city and into the boroughs.

Here are the details for Ice Skating in New York City, including rates and dates plus NYC Insider Tips for discounts and coupons.

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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

Nov 17, 2012 – January 13, 2013

This is 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 both kids and adults, and makes an especially beautiful date night with cocktails on “Bar Car Nights” in Decmeber.

Check out how huge the exhibit really is in person. Located in the Bronx, accessible by Subway and Metro North.

Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $18, Children 2-12 $8.

Just like NYC, twinkling lights go on at night with both city and holiday lights. Over 140 NYC landmarks are created entirely from botanical “ingredients” such as, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, poppy pods, pine cones, berries, mushrooms, twigs and dozens of other plant parts. 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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Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:00 PM

Winter’s Eve kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony and features free entertainment, food tastings, in-store activities and shopping around and about this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Stores, restaurants, cultural organizations and public spaces in the district will be buzzing with activities for both children and adults. At the same time, sidewalks along Broadway from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 68th Street will be alive with performers, street musicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled stroll through the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bryant Park

November 27, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Citi Pond at Bryant Park will kick off the holiday season with a live countdown and ceremonious lighting of its iconic Holiday Tree. This free-to-the-public event will feature live entertainment from Grammy winners, Olympic skaters and Broadway performers. The 50-foot tree has more than 3,000 ornaments and tens of thousands of lights. Don’t forget to browse through the amazing Bryant Park Holiday gift fair and take a spin on their FREE Ice Rink.

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NYC Store Holiday Window Displays

NYC Store Holiday Window Displays

Mid-November through Dec/Jan

NYC’s famous and smaller store windows during the holidays are a must-see! Most stores reveal their displays in mid-November, the week before Thanksgiving and some of the best windows are Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., but there are plenty more all around the city. You can check this great list of NYC themed holiday windows or explore them with a guided Holiday Lights Tours.

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NYC Designer Sample Sales November

New York City Shopping |  Designer Sample SalesNYC Designer Sample Sales are some of our best hidden gems. New Yorkers know how to get almost ANYTHING at a major discount off the retail price! Most sample sales are announced with only a few days notice, but often, they take place the same time every year.November Sample sales include BARGAIN prices at Armani, Rebecca Minkoff, Sferra, Alexander Wang, Theory, Lauren Merkin, Christian Louboutin and more. Stay tuned, because last year’s November NYC Sample Sales included: White + Warren Cashmere, Max Mara, Valentino, La Perla, Hugo Boss, Nanette Lepore and Catherine Malandrino (Manolo Blahnik sale has been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy). Stay up to date with this year’s sales at NYC Designer Sample Sales.

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Tickets on Sale:

NYC November Concerts: Madonna, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, The Who, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Bob Dylan

NYC December Concerts: Rolling Stones, ColdPlay and JAY Z, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift & One Direction, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Andrea Bocelli, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Phish

NYC Concerts 2013: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Pink, Maroon 5, Green Day

Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes

New York Comedy Festival

New York City Holiday Lights Tours

NIT Season Tip Off and Championship Game

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Harlem Globetrotters

Nutcracker Ballet

Tennis Showdown at MSG

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Ongoing New York City Events November 2012

NYC Thanksigiving Dinner

Big Apple Circus

NY Giants Football

NY Jets Football

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New York Comedy Festival

New York Comedy Festival

November 7-11, 2012

For nine years, the New York Comedy Festival has brought together hundreds of the country’s best comedians for five days of stand-up. 2012 appearances include Jim Gaffigan, Rob Delaney, Artie Lange, Patton Oswalt, Marlon and Shawn Wayans and many more.

Over 150 comedians perform at more than 10 venues, including Caroline’s On Broadway, where club owner and NYCF Founder Caroline Hirsch has cultivated the careers of numerous stand-up comics. More Info:

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Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe & Rafter – Tennis at MSG

Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe & Rafter - Tennis at MSG

Monday, November 5th – 7:30pm
Madison Square Garden

Tennis legends Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter compete in the NASDAQ Indexes Cup at The World’s Most Famous Arena.These four champions will be paired off in 1-set semi-finals, with the winners battling for the title in a 1-set championship match in this PowerShares Series tournament.

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The ING New York City Marathon

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

Sunday, November 4, 2012

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. The NYC Marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards of the world’s most diverse marathon course.

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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Veterans Day Ceremony at the Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Museum Veteran's Day
Intrepid Museum Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Intrepid Museum celebrates ‘Veterans Day’ with a special ceremony on the flight deck of the former USS Intrepid.  This annual ceremony is attended by hundreds of veterans as they pay respect to those who have served our great military in any branch of service. All veterans are granted free admission to the museum with proper ID.

If you’re Military and joining us for Veteran’s Day, or anytime year round, make sure you know about the great discount hotel deals offered just to you starting at $25 per night. Deal applies to Military Personnel of the United States and its Allies (Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Veterans and Cadets, and members of the Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services).

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Annual New York Chocolate Show

Annual New York Chocolate Show

November 9-11, 2012
Metropolitan Pavillion

Life in the City gets sweeter every November with the annual Chocolate Show, a full-on chocolate expo, chock-full of inventive live demonstrations, samples, book signings and more.

This year’s Chocolate Show will also feature book signings by award-winning authors; cooking demonstrations in two culinary theaters featuring renowned chocolatiers and pastry chefs who will share secrets of the trade; a Kids Zone dedicated to fun-filled activities for young chocolate lovers and more! And the chocolate’s not just for eating: previous shows have featured chocolate-clad models strutting down runways and children creating chocolate artwork. Visit

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  • New York Taste 2012 – Monday, November 5, 2012
  • Housing Works Fashion For Action 2012: VIP Opening – 11/7
  • LIGHTS! CAMERA! AUCTION! Fundraising for Film Biz Recycling – 11/9
  • Blue Kid NYC Release Concert – Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Fine Jewels Auction at Fortuna Auction – Thursday, November 29
  • The Shallot Comedy Stage Play – November 14-16
  • Mob Wives Drita D’Avanzo Hosts Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser For Staten Island Victims – Thursday, November 15th
  • Stephanie Chase and Sara Davis Buechner Play Beethoven – 11/26 to 11/28
  • Cranksgiving Bike Ride: 11/17
  • First Book – Manhattan Winter Soirée – Thursday, November 29
  • Devil Science Theater Movie Screenings – 11/29
  • BULLDOG Gin Happy Hour for Winston Churchill’s Birthday – Nov 30, 2012

Prior November Events (stay tuned for annual updates)

  • The Wedding Salon NYC – Monday, November 14th, 4–8 PM
  • New York Times Taste of T – November 3rd, 6-8:30pm, $80. Satisfy your taste for food and design at the annual Taste of T event. Join thousands of foodies and wine connoisseurs at a tasteful showcase that only The New York Times can offer while sampling haute cuisine from esteemed chefs. Explore ultra-luxe showrooms boasting innovative product and design ideas in kitchen, bath, appliances and home furnishings.
  • Modernism + Art – November 12-15, Furniture, Lighting, Decorative Arts, Glass, Jewelry, Silver.

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