New York City is a great place to spend Thanksgiving. The city is decorated for Christmas and buzzing with holiday cheer. Although NYC is a great vacation destination no matter the time of year, it is even more incredible during Thanksgiving.
My family spent 10 NYC Thanksgivings and we cherish every one of them. Here are my 5 reasons for you to make NYC your Thanksgiving destination!
1. Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an incredible experience! There is nothing like standing in close to zero temperatures, on top of 3.5 million people, watching the world-famous parade go by. The two and a half mile parade runs down Central Park West and 6th Avenue; spectators line the sidewalks and intersecting streets. If you do not get to your spot early, like 4 AM early, you will not be able to see the parade due to the number of people standing in front of you.
2. Eat Some of the Best Food in the World
New York has a never-ending list of delicious restaurants offering any kind of cuisine you could want. Some of my favorites are Bar Americain, The View (Marriott Marquis), The Cupping Room, and One if by Land, Two if by Sea.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, you will definitely need to make a reservation for all meals you plan on having; restaurants in and near the city book up quickly. During our first Thanksgiving in NYC, we did not know we needed a reservation and ended up having Thanksgiving dinner at Benihana.
3. See Broadway Shows
There is nothing I love more than a good musical! If you have never attended a Broadway show, you are really missing out. Broadway is home to some of the best performances, singers, dancers, and actors in show business. Although I have seen more than fifty Broadway musicals, my favorites were Jersey Boys, Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Xanadu.
Pro Tip: Head to the stage door after the show. As the cast exits the theater, they will stop to sign Playbills and take pictures with you.
4. Shop Black Friday
Holiday shopping in New York City is a madhouse, but even more so on Black Friday. Get used to standing in incredibly long check out lines pretty much anywhere you go. Many big department stores offer reward programs the entire week of Thanksgiving. Bloomingdales used to give you $10 back on every $100 that you spent in the store.
A fun and free holiday activity is checking out department store windows that are decorated for Christmas. You will be amazed at how beautiful they are!
5. See Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall is absolutely beautiful and even more spectacular when it is decorated for Christmas. The 90-minute production will keep you entertained and smiling from ear to ear! The costumes, sets, songs, and world-famous Rockettes are sure to kick off your holiday season right. This is one of my family’s favorite memories.