There’s something special in the New York City air during the holiday season. Dazzling light displays and giant ornaments line the streets as spirits rise in the Big Apple. Here’s what to do if you decide to spend Thanksgiving in the city.


You’ve no doubt enjoyed the Macy’s parade from the comfort of your couch on Thanksgiving Day, but there’s nothing like experiencing this iconic event in person. From the oversized floating cartoons to the marching bands and performers this 6th Avenue parade between Central Park and 34th Street is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. And yes, the floats really are that big.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 6th Avenue, New York, NY. (212) 695-4400


One of the most recognizable holiday markets in the world, Union Square Holiday Market turns one of NYC’s busiest squares into a winter wonderland. The block is brimming with seasonal food favorites like eggnog, warm cookies, cider and cinnamon donuts, as well as winter crafts and clothes from local artisans. Enjoy the sound of live music and the scent of homemade candles and soap as you make your way through this merry meeting place.

Union Square Holiday Market. 14th St & Union Square W, New York, NY. (212) 529-9262


You haven’t had Thanksgiving dinner until you’ve tried the prixe fixe holiday menu at 3 star Michelin restaurant Eleven Madison Park. Consistently voted one of the top ten restaurants in the world, expect nothing but the best here. For $245 a piece you’ll indulge in savory dishes like seared foie gras, black angus beef with red wine braised shallots and organic turkey with butternut squash and chestnut stuffing.

Eleven Madison Park. 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.


If you’re wondering how to work off that hearty Thanksgiving meal, look no further than the New York City Turkey Trot. 1,500 runners race against the clock at the Queens 5K/5mi and the Roosevelt Island 15K/5K. The registration fees are $44.99 for the 5K and $54.99 for the 15K until 11/8 when they jump to $60 and $80—so register soon to lock in the discounted rate.

NYC Turkey Trot. Queens, NY and Roosevelt Island, NY. (224) 757-5425