Escape the crowds and enjoy the calm of nature before the December frost comes. There are many activities to be done in Central Park. You can go on a solitary walk and admire the fall leaves, bring a date to row on the lake, ice skate at Wollman Rink, or take the kids to check out the Central Park Zoo and ride the carousel. There is something for everyone.
Central Park Zoo, 64th Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 439 6500
Central Park Carousel, 65th Street Transverse, New York, NY, USA +1 212 310 6600
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Madame Tussauds is a popular NYC attraction that remains open on Thanksgiving Day. The museum has strikingly realistic wax figures of famous people. Strike a pose with Rhianna or Katniss from The Hunger Games.
Madame Tussauds, 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 866 841 3505
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get into the spirit of giving. VolunteerMatch connects people with causes that they care about. Popular causes on the website are animals, children and youth, and homelessness and housing. The website links you up with volunteer opportunities at nonprofits based on your cause of interest.
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Pick up holiday gifts for your loved ones at this two-day market organized by Brooklyn Makers. There will be a DJ, cocktails, food, and fun DIY workshops. Over 40 local vendors will be in attendance, including Rock That Gem selling beautiful handcrafted jewelry and Wooln with luxury hand-knits.
Nervous Records Presents Thanksgiving with Special Guest DJs
After Thanksgiving dinner, head to Cielo to enjoy a night of rock and roll and dancing. Chus and Ceballos will be performing, so expect a blend of House and Techno with an addictive percussion beat.
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 543 8556
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
A New York City Broadway favorite, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will help you get into the holiday spirit. See Santa and the lovely Rockettes perform on stage. The show has gotten more high tech over the years and new songs have been added.
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 465 6741
Empire State Building
A national landmark since 1986, the Empire State Building is one of the world’s tallest buildings and a perfect destination for Thanksgiving. The architecture is an attractive art deco style, and it’s always worth a visit.
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, USA +1 212 736 3100