Fall Delights

NYC events to be thankful for this November

Winter may be just around the corner, but don’t let a little chill in the air keep you from enjoying everything New York City has to offer this time of the year. From marathons to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, November proves to be a month everyone should be thankful for.

You don’t need to be a runner to appreciate ING’s New York City Marathon, which takes place on Nov. 3. Spanning across all five of the city’s boroughs, this 26.2-mile course is chock-full of entertainment and features more than 130 live bands all to help cheer the runners to victory. And if you’re lucky, you may just “run” into a few of your favorite Hollywood stars who are there to support their various charities (Pamela Anderson and Patrick Wilson have already signed up). Trust us when we say exercise has never been this fun! (ingnycmarathon.org)

Nothing can bring out your patriotic side quite like NYC’s Veterans Day Parade. Come pay tribute to our country’s heroes as they march their way along Fifth Ave. dressed to the nines and accompanied by the top high school marching bands in the country. From active military veterans to Medal of Honor recipients, this parade knows how to capture the very essence of patriotism in the best way possible. The excitement begins Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. (americasparade.org)

You haven’t truly experienced the wonder of Thanksgiving until you’ve witnessed it through the eyes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch in awe as gigantic helium balloons of your favorite cartoon characters soar high over Manhattan while one-of-a-kind floats of all shapes and sizes make their way through the streets below. And that’s not even mentioning the live musical performances, guaranteed celebrity sightings, and an appearance by the jolly old man himself, Santa Claus! The fun begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 28th and serves as a perfect way to kick-off the holiday festivities (macys.com/parade)

Do you enjoy beautiful lights and delicious food? NYC’s traditional Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah celebration has everything you need for a fun night out on the town. From live music and folk dancing to a variety of festive food, this eight day festival of lights will blind you with holiday goodness. Plus, how many times do you get to watch a 32-foot-high, 4,000 pound candelabra get lit? Come join the fun from Nov. 27-Dec. 5. (nycgo.com)