I honestly can not believe that it is already November. This year has flown by in the blink of an eye, and especially October. Between traveling to LA to visit my best friends from college, a visit from my parents and celebrating my birthday, I feel like last month moved faster than the rest. But, on the bright side, I’m looking forward to all of the amazing things to do in November. Without further ado, here they are!
Bryant Park Winter Village, November 1 – January 2
Even though Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, head to Bryant Park to get into the Christmas spirit. Go ice skating, get in some Christmas shopping or just wander around and take in the festivities at this magical spot that is open through January 2 of next year.
Savor the Bronx, November 7-18
It’s no secret that I love to try out new spots to eat, and Savor the Bronx is a great opportunity to do so. With a wide range of restaurants all over the Bronx participating in the event, you can discover great deals and some new cuisine in the city’s sometimes underrated neighborhood. Similar to New York Restaurant Week, restaurants offer deals on dining, though in this case it’s usually a percentage discount (oftentimes 15 percent) taken off of the total check.
Holiday Train Show, November 19 – January 16
Every year, the New York Botanic Gardens puts on a stunning show featuring familiar sights like the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Coney Island. Nearly a half-mile of train tracks make up the exhibit that bring the magic of the holidays to life.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation, November 23
I’ve been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, but when I was much younger and only visiting New York. It was freezing cold and fairly miserable to be outside for many hours, but the balloons and the spectacle were worth it. Since moving to the city, I’ve been wanting to check out the balloon inflation that takes place the night before on the Upper West Side (unfortunately, I’m usually on a plane headed home for the holidays). Anyone who is in the city this year, check it out and let me know how it is!
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, November 30
This is one of the most iconic events in all of New York. If you want a decent view, make sure to get there early because hoards of New Yorkers and tourists alike flock to Rockefeller Center to witness the extravaganza. Or if you’re more of a homebody, check the whole thing out on network TV.