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New York in November Travel Guide: everything you can't miss

With the arrival of November, temperatures start to drop in New York, but the schedule of celebrations such as Thanksgiving makes it a perfect time to visit the city.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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New York in November Travel Guide: everything you can't miss

Enjoying autumn in Central Park | ©Jakob Owens

November is between two of the most important holidays in the United States: Halloween and Christmas. But this month has a personality of its own as we find activities to do in New York.

On the one hand, the Christmas markets that are installed in the city: Christmas in New York is just around the corner and stores and streets begin to decorate for the occasion.

It is also the month of the most spectacular Black Friday sales, whose tradition began here. And as if that were not enough, we have events as relevant as the celebration of Thanksgiving with its respective parade already mythical organized by Macy's. These and many more things to do and visit during this month of November, I'll tell you about them right now!

1. Celebrate Thanksgiving in style: go to the famous Thanksgiving Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade| ©TomH2323
Thanksgiving Day Parade| ©TomH2323

Thanksgiving is one of the most typical and peculiar American holidays and in New York it is given the importance that the occasion requires.

The holiday is marked by the family union of Americans who, on the fourth Thursday of November, gather for a meal where the protagonist of the kitchen is undoubtedly the turkey. In addition, this holiday is considered the beginning of Christmas and also gives way to Black Friday, which is celebrated the following days.

One of the events of this day that you cannot miss is the Thanksgiving parade, especially if you are traveling with children. It is made up of balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, floats, musical groups and the big star: Santa Claus who will greet you from the top of his float wishing you a Merry Christmas!

2. Go crazy with Black Friday sales

Enjoying Black Friday| ©Max Fischer
Enjoying Black Friday| ©Max Fischer

Black Friday is one of those traditions that have been adopted by Europe and in the United States is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Discounts and offers abound in stores of all kinds and you can take advantage of real bargains.

As I mentioned in the previous point, Black Friday starts with Thanksgiving Day and at 8 pm you can already find the first discounts.

Even if you don't buy anything, experiencing the madness that abounds in the stores is an experience not to be missed!

3. Visit the Winter Village Holiday Market at Bryant Park

Winter Village at Bryant Park| ©Colin Miller
Winter Village at Bryant Park| ©Colin Miller

During the month of November, the city prepares for the most special time of the year, Christmas, and you have to visit Bryant Park!

Christmas markets flood the city and the most incredible shop windows are installed. One of the most important is the Winter Village, located in Bryant Park. It is made up of more than a thousand stalls of handicrafts, food and even has an ice rink!

One of the traditions is to drink hot cider in one of its stalls, the cold is already settling in the city and I assure you that it will be great for you! There are many more things to see and do in Bryant Park so don't hesitate to spend an afternoon here, it's one of the best parks in New York!

4. Stroll through the city's Christmas-ready window displays

Taking advantage of the New York Deals| ©Gustavo Fring
Taking advantage of the New York Deals| ©Gustavo Fring

As I said, November is the appetizer of Christmas and everything is prepared so that no detail is absent. One of the first things that are installed are the shop windows that are decorated with the best finery in the form of flashy lights and decorations of the most peculiar.

When night falls, the city wakes up again and strolling through the shopping streets is a danger if you want to save money! If you are also looking for the best deals, do not hesitate to visit the best outlets in New York to get the best prices on the best brands.

5. Attend The New York Marathon either as a spectator or if you dare, why not? as a runner?

Participating in the New York Marathon| ©Steven Pisano
Participating in the New York Marathon| ©Steven Pisano

The fact that this marathon is in one of the most emblematic cities in the world and that it is also free, makes it one of the most popular in the world and one of those that hosts more runners. If you like the sport, it is a great opportunity to get the medal of having participated in one of the most famous races.

It is usually held on the first Sunday of November and the city is full of people cheering the more than 50 thousand runners. On many of the street corners there are even marching bands that make the race much less hard. And you, do you prefer to run or cheer?

Sign up on the official website to participate.

6. Don't miss the North Pole of Macy's Santaland

Part of Macy's Santaland| ©slgckgc
Part of Macy's Santaland| ©slgckgc

The day after the Thanksgiving Day Parade you can visit Santaland in Mancy, and you can't miss out on what is an authentic New York Christmas experience.

A North Pole scenery is celebrated with elves, little trains, Mrs. Claus and Santa himself who will be waiting for you to listen to your wishes, along with his reindeer!

The visit is highly recommended and even more knowing that it is free. If you want to enjoy it, you have to go to the 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square, 151 W 34th Street.

7. Taste a craft beer at the Craft Beer Festival

Advertising for the Festival| ©NYC Craft Beer Festival
Advertising for the Festival| ©NYC Craft Beer Festival

If your November visit is as early as the first and second day of the month, you have a plan to make as soon as you arrive, and that is that on November 1 and 2 is the NYC Craft Beer Festival.

If you are a beer lover, this fair of craft breweries will not leave you indifferent. In addition, it has a special aroma because, as they are craft creations, they are not produced in large quantities so it has an exclusive touch that becomes magic.

You can find beers created using all kinds of ingredients such as thyme, other roots and herbs. Who knows if you will discover your favorite beer here in the Big Apple? I leave you all the information here.

8. Stop by the beginning of the Rockettes Show at the legendary Radio City Hall

The Rockettes at Radio City Hall| ©Kevin Poh
The Rockettes at Radio City Hall| ©Kevin Poh

November also kicks off one of the most special events of the winter: The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which begins in early November and runs through the first week of January.

It is an unforgettable show in the form of a musical set in the North Pole, where more than 130 artists and 1300 costumes including Santa Claus, surrounded by dancers who will star in the most famous Christmas show in New York. If you visit it, you can expect lots of music, dancing and lots of magic - definitely not to be missed!

Buy Christmas Spectacular tickets

9. Stroll through Central Park in autumn

Autumn in Central Park| ©Marie-Lan Nguyen
Autumn in Central Park| ©Marie-Lan Nguyen

Central Park is a "Must See" at any time of the year when you travel to New York, but in autumn it is especially beautiful.

The fallen leaves of the deciduous trees cover the ground of the park creating a carpet of oranges, browns, yellows and other autumnal tones. Even when it rains you can enjoy it in a special way.

It is an occasion to take spectacular photographs thanks to the film-like atmosphere that is created. If you are traveling as a couple, traveling in autumn is a fantastic plan to experience a magical and romantic date. If you are curious about what other plans you can make during the autumn season we leave you here one of our most interesting posts!

10. Visit 5th Avenue on Veteran's Day

Veterans Day Parade| ©Marie-Lan Nguyen
Veterans Day Parade| ©Marie-Lan Nguyen

The celebration of the end of World War I is an event to which New Yorkers, as well as the entire United States, attach great importance. We know how patriotic they are, and on this day they show it in great detail.

During this day they honor all war veterans with a march that lasts about four hours along Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 52nd Street.

Although it is a working holiday, most of the tourist attractions remain open so it is a good day to visit the most interesting spots or take a tour of the Big Apple.


Prices in NYC in November

Paying for products| ©Karolina Grabowska
Paying for products| ©Karolina Grabowska

November is a month in which you can visit the city without too many crowds and you can enjoy a Christmas atmosphere (albeit premature) without suffering the high costs of a visit to New York in December.

In addition, it is low season and between the low prices due to this, and the deals you can take advantage of, make this a very smart time to visit the Big Apple.

Weather in NYC in November

Strolling through TIme Square| ©Hellotickets
Strolling through TIme Square| ©Hellotickets

In November the cold is tolerable but the snowy season has not yet started, so as long as you wear a good coat, you will have no problem enjoying the city, and there are plenty of things to do!

November temperatures in New York range, on average, from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius.

The days are very short and at first the sunlight lasts until about six in the afternoon, but a few days later the time change occurs and it gets dark at five o'clock. It is something to take into account so that your organization is as optimal as possible to make the most of the hours of natural light.