The Christmas season is approaching and in November 2020 in New York, it can also be crisp and cold – even snow is not uncommon. But November is still a beautiful month to travel and visit New York City. The metropolis offers great events and exciting sights.
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The absolute best things to do in November
So, what November events in New York 2020 are worthwhile? Here, you will learn about the highlights during this time of the year.
1. All of November: Ice Skating in New York
The rinks in New York are fully functional and have been open since October. Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park (behind the Public Library), the famed Rink at Rockefeller Center and the Trump Rink in Central Park are just three of New York City’s finest ice rinks. With Christmas in New York approaching, this is one of my favorite things to do.
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2. November 1: New York Marathon
The world’s most famous and biggest marathon happens in New York in November and attracts thousands of runners and visitors every year. The TCS NYC Marathon is organized by the New York Road Runners and is considered a goal of every runner (next to the Boston Marathon).
The course is no walk in the park either and can be very demanding of the athletes. It starts in Staten Island, then runs through Brooklyn to Manhattan. You can view the course here in PDF. So if you’re in New York during the Marathon, make sure to check it out and show the runners support! The crowd makes a huge difference and motivates the athletes. In 2020, it will be the 50th anniversary of the NYC Marathon, so it will be even more special to the city and everyone involved.
3. November 4-10: New York Comedy Festival
Do you want to experience good laughs? Well, then you’re in luck. From November 4th to the 10th, The New York Comedy Festival will take place. Popular comedians such as Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert have either performed in the past or will partake in the upcoming festival. For more information about this event, please visit their website here.
4. November 8th: Christmas Spectacular and the Radio City Rockettes
The famous holiday show premieres again in NYC in November 2019 and runs all the way until January 2020. Over 140 sensational dancers perform in the popular Christmas Spectacular. Sparkling costumes, unique set designs and a lot of Christmas songs thrill the audience every year.
The stars of the show are the female dance group “The Rockettes” and perform next to Santa Claus and his elves. From November to early January, you can watch the dance performance and Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. There are up to three performances per day, so there should be a time slot for you! For more information, please take a look here.
5. November 1-2: Craft Beer Festival
On the 1st and 2nd of November or “Halloweekend” a great event will take place in New York. The NYC Craft Beer Festival will showcase the many breweries from all over. These small breweries create very special beers and are usually in small quantities giving it an exclusive feel. This ranges from beers brewed with thyme, other herbs to woods and roots to create great flavors.
6. November 26: Thanksgiving and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving is an American holiday and people travel all over the country to be with their family on this day. There is usually a big turkey on the dinner table and everyone enjoys the get-together.
Thanksgiving is the only day in New York City where museums, shops and even some restaurants that do not offer a special Thanksgiving dinner are closed. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the highlight in the city. Also, don’t miss the popular inflation the day before. It’s a great opportunity to check out the balloons before they are getting to shine during the Thanksgiving Parade the day after.
Those who can not or do not want to be there (the crowd is huge) can follow the parade on the TV channel, NBC. Check out the articles below to learn more about this American Holiday.
7. November 27: Black Friday (Day after Thanksgiving)
For all your shopping fanatics that are in NYC in November, Black Friday is the day for you. There are huge discounts and bargains everywhere. Because Black Friday is a very popular shopping day, you’ll most likely encounter long lines in front of the bigger named stores. Prices can go down significantly, as much as 80%. It makes sense to go to a mall or outlet on this day – it will be really cheap. Let’s not forget you’re in the greatest city in the world, which means you’ll have a lot of choices where you can shop from.
8. Experience Central Park in the Fall
One of the most beautiful retreats in Manhattan is Central Park. If you’re in New York in November, make sure to check it out as there is always something going on at every corner. The trees are now in a deep red-orange autumnal color which gives the park a beautiful aesthetic. You can just stroll around Central Park, ride your bike, or take a guided tour.
If you don’t want a tour check this bike rental article.
9. Christmas Lights Tour of New York City
With the holiday season unofficially underway, this tour is for you. Explore NYC and check out the amazing decorations and Christmas lights on your very own private tour. It also comes with a free Christmas drink as well!
10. The Best Rooftop Bars in NYC in the Fall
Do you think the rooftop bar season is over in the fall? Not in New York! There are many rooftop bars in New York that offer fresh air even in the cold season, magnificent views of the urban canyons AND pleasant warmth. Check out the best rooftop bars in NYC. Some of the bars listed here will be open for the Fall and Winter.
11. Holiday Lane at Macy’s opens for the Holiday Season
On the 9th floor at Macy’s Herald Square, Holiday Lane is a go-to spot if you’re looking for beautiful Christmas ornaments and more Christmas decorations. It’s an impressively decorated department at Macy’s that glitters wherever you look. Later on, during December, Santaland on the 8th floor is something you should check out as well.
12. Broadway Under the Stars
Broadway Under The Stars is a five-week series of FREE indoor Broadway performances. 2019 marked the fourth year of Broadway and the Shops at Columbus Circle teaming up to host Broadway Under The Stars. The performances will take place on the second floor of the Time Warner Center. Broadway Under The Stars 2019 takes place every Monday from November 11th through December 9th. At 5 pm sharp, you’ll get to see a 20-minute long Broadway performance.
13. Infinity Mirrors NYC
Between November 9 and December 14, New Yorkers have another chance to experience one of the most immersive art exhibits in Chelsea: Infinity Mirrors NYC by Yayoi Kusama. For the first time in 2017 the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama had a huge success and brings back the much-awaited exhibit to New York in fall 2020. We will keep you updated about the theme for 2020.
Weather in New York for November
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The most popular tours in November in NYC
Watch the must-see Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall!
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Explore New York's highest observation deck, regardless of the weather!
Enjoy a great Thanksgiving lunch aboard a cruise!
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Sports Events in November in New York
Check Out Some NFL Matchups
Arguably the most popular sport in the US is football. If the New York Giants or the New York Jets make it to the playoffs, then you’ll be able to catch them in action as long as they have home-field advantage. Which team will you root for?
The NHL is On
Hockey fans, if you have time, definitely check out either the NY Rangers or the NY Islanders!
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