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When November comes along, there’s a distinct chill in the New York City air — one that invigorates both tourists and locals alike. Luckily, there is a host of November events that will fill your calendar as the city dives head-first into festivities, and the holiday kickoff brings a new buzz to the atmosphere. At Rockefeller Center, The Rink is open and the lighting of the Christmas Tree, that timeless NYC tradition, will happen at the end of the month.

Before your own holiday schedule fills up, you’ll want to pencil in some classic NYC fall activities. Maybe you’ve spent the last year training to zip through 26.2 miles during this month’s New York City Marathon. Or, perhaps cheering from the sidelines at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is more your speed. Whether you choose to spend your days inside exploring a museum exhibition or outdoors at famous parades, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our picks for the seven best events happening around New York City in November.

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Photo by Marc A. Hermann via Flickr
Photo by Marc A. Hermann via Flickr

1. NYC Marathon 

November 5

It’s that time of year for the most ambitious runners among us: The New York City Marathon is back on Sunday, November 5. Neighborhoods throughout NYC have been preparing for weeks for the rush of more than 30,000 runners to race through the boroughs and over the finish line. It’s truly a community event for all of New York, with runners taking off from Staten Island, weaving their way through Brooklyn, then Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. If you’re not running, you can still get in on the fun by cheering on the athletes. Many parts of the city completely shut down for this event, so take advantage of the energy that takes over our streets and get in on the action!

Courtesy of New York Botanical Gardens
Courtesy of New York Botanical Gardens

2. NYBG Holiday Train show 

November 17-January 15

The New York Botanical Gardens are magical all year round, but they truly come alive during the holidays — decorated to the nines to evoke nostalgia, coziness, and cheer. For over 30 years, the gardens have honored the tradition of the Holiday Train Show, when artists come together to create NYC-themed holiday displays around over 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys. It’s like stepping into a New York City that’s reimagined with trains soaring above and throughout the high-rise landmarks and buildings you’ve grown to love. If you’re a NYBG patron or member, tickets are free. Otherwise, children under 2 are free, tickets for children ages 2 to 12 are $15, and adult tickets are $35. If you’re looking for something fun, festive, and family-friendly this month, stop by the garden for the show’s opening days in November.

Courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Courtesy of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

3. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 23

Everyone remembers watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a kid. Maybe you snuck away from kitchen duties to catch a glimpse of the show, or the whole family gathered around the TV. Now, imagine seeing the iconic parade in person. This year will mark New York City’s 97th Thanksgiving Day Parade, and while performers have yet to be announced, an incredible lineup of floats, balloons, Broadway ensembles, invigorating marching bands, and more are all scheduled to make an appearance. City-based spectators can find the 2.5-mile route — which goes right by Rockefeller Center — here. Try to get a spot between 48th Street and 51st Street; that way, after the parade concludes, you can embark on your holiday shopping or grab something to eat at one of the many on-site restaurants.

Photo by Richard Haughton; courtesy of Sony Music via Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Photo by Richard Haughton; courtesy of Sony Music via Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

4. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Lightscape

November 17-January 1

Over a million dazzling lights illuminate this trail throughout the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens campus. Winding across the landscape, it includes lighted sculptures by local and international artists, site-specific music and sound recordings, and special spotlights on the gardens, forests, architectural elements, and water features throughout the park. This year’s Lightscape has also expanded in size and incorporates new immersive experiences along the walk. Enjoy seasonal treats like hot chocolate and mulled wine at various concession stands throughout.

Courtesy of Big Apple Circus
Courtesy of Big Apple Circus

5. Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center 

Opens November 8

The Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center for its 46th year with an all-new spectacle. The beloved troupe will welcome Europe’s famous Circus-Theater Roncalli – making their U.S. debut – for a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration entitled Journey to the Rainbow. Beneath the big top at Damrosch Park, circusgoers will witness 34 artists from across the globe perform feats of juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, and much more.

Photo by Charl van Rooy via Unsplash
Photo by Charl van Rooy via Unsplash

6. The Secret World of Elephants exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History

Opens November 13

The majesty of elephants takes center stage at the American Museum of Natural History’s forthcoming exhibition The Secret World of Elephants. Discover how these extraordinary animals ‘hear’ with their feet, perform incredible acts with their trunks, and the vital role they play within the ecosystems they inhabit. Visitors will learn about the evolutionary history of the species with a full-scale model of a woolly mammoth, be able to touch the teeth of an elephant, and engage in different interactive elements. The exhibition will cover elephant evolution, walk visitors through the complex bodies and minds of these animals, and demonstrate how animals and humans have lived together for thousands of years, giving us a full, intimate picture of this incredible species.

Photo by Erin Baiano; courtesy of New York City Ballet
Photo by Erin Baiano; courtesy of New York City Ballet

7. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet

Begins November 24

The Land of the Sweets comes in many flavors throughout the five boroughs, but none is more iconic than George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet. The beloved ballet runs throughout the holiday season, kicking off the day after Thanksgiving. One of the most complex performances in the Company’s repertory, the show includes a cast of 150 characters – including students from the School of American Ballet – and requires over 60 musicians and 40 stagehands to bring to life. Sumptuous costumes designed by famed costumier Barbara Karinska as well as lavish sets that include extraordinary feats of visual effects draw the audience into a magical world – one that is not to be missed!

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