5 Free Things to Do in New York City in November

by / Friday, 11 November 2011 / Published in New York City

November is a busy time in New York City with lots of free things to do. Here are 5 of the biggest events happening this month in New York City that won’t cost you a dime to enjoy.


Photo of Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City © cogito ergo imago

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a New York City tradition dating back 85 years.

Each year highlights different star entertainment, American high school bands, cheerleaders and troupes as well as those famous larger than life character balloons. This year’s parade is on November 24th at 9am.

Holiday Window Displays

The holiday window displays in some of New York City’s department stores are world famous. From stunning to surprising to traditional and fantastic, these displays are amazing. Here are several of the most famous holiday window department store displays.

Macy’s Department Store
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Barneys
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

Bloomingdales
1000 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center

The tree lighting in Rockefeller Center marks the beginning of the holiday season in New York City.

This year the Rockefeller Center tree will take be lit for the first time on November 30th. There will be performances, both live and tapped, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square holds their spectacular Winter’s Eve festival every year that includes a tree lighting, food tasting, free entertainment and more. The entire neighborhood participates in this event and there will be special store events and all kinds of demonstrations, including one on ice sculptures.

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square will be hold on November 28th starting at 5:30 pm.

Empire State Building Lighting

In honor of several holidays and events in November, The Empire State Building is lighting it’s top tiers in different colors almost every night of the month. Visit the Empire State Building’s website to see the schedule of lighted colors.

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