November in New York City is one of the places you can always find something to do. With the autumn season in full effect, there will be a lot of events and activities that pertain to the holiday season. We can guarantee that your trip to NYC won’t be boring. Below, you can find all of our favorite things to do in New York in November.
Our Recommendations for New York in November
November unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday season. November in NYC can be crisp and cold and there’s always a chance of snow. With that being said, it is still a beautiful month to travel and offers great events and exciting sights.
Our Favorite Things to do in New York in November
Check out all the things NYC has to offer!
Ice Skating in New York City
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.
Witness The New York Marathon (November 3, 2019 – Free)
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.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The famous holiday show premieres again in NYC on November 2019 and runs all the way until January 2020. Over 140 sensational dancers perform in the popular Christmas Spectacular. Sparkling costumes, a unique set design and a lot of Christmas songs thrill the audience every year. The stars of the show is 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.
Thanksgiving Day and the Macy’s Parade (November 28, 2019)
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. Those who can not or do not want to be there (the crowd is huge) can follow the parade on the TV channel, NBC.
Black Friday (The Day after Thanksgiving)
For all you shopping fanatics that’s 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.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza (TBA–Free)
In November 2019 at 7:00 pm (tentative), Rockefeller Plaza at the Rockefeller Center celebrates the highly anticipated Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event is decorated with 45,000 LED bulbs and countless Swarovski crystals. This is one of the highlights in New York in November and has media coverage from all over the world. The legendary Christmas tree in New York officially heralds the Christmas season. The ceremony is usually accompanied by various musical performances and sensational atmosphere and vibes. You can visit the tree until the beginning of January. (Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza)
Central Park in NYC in November
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 guided tour. We have put together a selection of tours that you can do in Central Park here.
The Most Popular Things to do in November!
These are the most popular tickets!
Check out the most popular tickets in New York in November
If you are looking for the best ways to explore the city and discover what NYC in November has to offer, you have come to the right place. Below we have detailed the most popular things to do around this time of year as we want to show you the variety of amazing things to do the Big Apple has to offer. Check out the top 5 best selling tickets in November.
Save 50% on all attraction tickets with this discount pass for NYC!
Explore the city's top attractions (including the One World Observatory) while saving money!
Enjoy the amazing skyline views from the water during the most popular dinner cruise!
Explore the city from above! This is definitely an experience you wont forget!
NYC's highest open air observation deck - definitely a must if you haven't been!
NYC's newest attraction and tallest building. The views are phenomenal!
Best NYC Attractions and Tours in NYC in November
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Christmas Lights Tour of New York City – Private Tour with Free Christmas Drink
With the holiday season unofficially underway, this tour is for you. Explore NYC and check out the amazing decorations and Christmas lights in your very own private tour. It also comes with a free Christmas drink as well!
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NYC One World Observatory Skip-the-Line Ticket
If you want to go to the top of the One World Observatory, chances are you’ll probably be waiting for a good amount of time. This ticket will give you VIP access to the VIP line and elevator making your waiting times shorter.
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Ghostbusters: Dimensions at Madame Tussauds New York
This attraction is perfect for a family with kids. Experience and have fun at Madame Tussauds and their Ghostbusters attraction. You’ll be equipped with a virtual reality headset and you’ll be able to blast your way through an apartment complex filled with ghosts. You’ll feel like a true ghostbuster.
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Sports events in NYC in November
What teams, are playing where?
What Sports are on in November?
Check Out Some NFL Matchups
Arguably the most popular sport in the US is about two months into their season. That means the New York Giants and the New York Jets are in action! Which team will you root for?
Basketball fans, this month is for you. The NBA is in its first full month. Check out either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets at either the Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center, respectively.
If you’re a fan of hockey then New York City has two professional teams. One of them plays at the infamous Madison Square Garden and the other plays at the more recent Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The teams are the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, respectively.
Concerts in NYC in November
Listen to some great music in one of NYC’s famous venues!