New York City November Events

November in New York City

November Events in NYC

There is a lot of excitement once November in New York City rolls around.  The weather begins to get colder, averaging in the low 40s to mid 50s, and the real East Coast winter chill finally begins.  The holiday season has at last arrived with Thanksgiving approaching and Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner.  NYC Tourism in November is sky high thanks to all of the exciting upcoming events NYC has to offer.

November Holiday Events in NY

The Season of celebration in New York.

Tis the season of celebration in New York! From Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Years, you can expect the city to be bristling with fun activities and brimming with events and memories for all age groups.

Celebrating the holiday season in NYC will surely be one of the most memorable.  The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular is an annual show that has become a holiday tradition for millions of families all over the country.  First appearing in 1933, the show features brilliant performances by singers and dancers beginning the first week of November until the last week of December.  Tickets for this NY event average at $135 per person and sell out fast so don’t delay!  Another top holiday event in NYC is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.  The 79th celebration will take place the week after Thanksgiving in 2011 in Times Square.  Along with bright lights and fancy ornaments, the tree lighting ceremony features both live and taped performances by celebrity dancers and singers.  All spectators enjoying the annual NYC event can attend free of charge.  A traditional holiday show that has preserved it’s legacy since 1892, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, begins performances in late November until early January.  Watch a graceful concert as the world’s top ballet performers wow you with their exquisite skill and heartfelt passion.  Performing at the Lincoln Center in NYC, this classical ballet begins selling concert tickets in September and sell out every year.  Ticket prices range from $40 to $250 per seat.

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November Sporting Events in New York

Watch New York's Sports Teams at Meadowlands Stadium

November is a busy month for several major sports leagues. Come cheer on your favorite New York football team at the Meadowlands Stadium.

Sporting events play a huge roll in New York City and November is great month to join the fun.  Register or cheer along the runners in the NYC Marathon as they race through all five boroughs of New York on November 6, 2011.  As one of the largest marathons in the world, the NYC Marathon welcomes both professional competitors as well as amateur runners.  November is also an important month for the National Football League as season playoff predictions begin to soar.  Grab a seat at a New York Giants or New York Jets game at the newly built New Meadowlands Stadium that first debuted in April 2010.  Taking place on November 17, 2011, the 34th Annual Empire State Golden Arm Tournament of Champions, the official New York state arm wrestling championships, will be hosted at Port Authority bus terminal.  Over 100 men and women will compete in 13 different weight classes for cash prizes and flashy medals.  This event is free for all spectators.

November Parades & Shows in New York

Live dancers and music are just a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade excitement.

Live dancers and music are just a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade excitement.

As one of the most captivating cities in the entire country, shows and parades in New York are some of the most paramount the world has ever seen.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a world renowned NYC event in November.  Dazzling the audience with elite performers, humongous balloon characters, and impressive marching bands, the Macys Day Parade has strolled through Manhattan every Thanksgiving morning since 1924.  All parade-goers may attend the event free of charge.  The Holiday Train Show with Gingerbread Adventures at the New York Botanical Gardens will be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary in 2011.  G-scale model trains are displayed traveling through 140 landmark buildings made entirely of nuts, tree bark, fruits, pine cones and leaves.  Beginning in mid-November until early January, this NYC event allows you to stroll through 250 acres of garden grounds, charmingly decorated to compliment the holiday season.  Adult tickets for this NY holiday event range between $20-$25, children range between $10-$15, discounted rates for students and seniors, and children under two are free.  Another family-friendly show in New York City that attracts sugar fiends and sweet tooths from all over the world, the Chocolate Show held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC every November.  Featuring book signings by first-class chocolate authors, cooking demonstrations with useful tips, and of course, plenty of chocolatey treats to satisfy your sweet cravings.  Also providing a “Kid’s Zone” for little chocolate lovers, the event in New York offers plenty of activities that are both fun and tasty.  Adult admission ranges from $28-$30, two children (ages five to twelve) are free per one adult, each additional child is $8, and children under four are free.