While millions of Americans spend time on the roads, rails and tarmacs this November, count yourself lucky to be in New York City—a place where celebrations never lack creativity, and this year Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same week. There’s the fabulous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but don’t fuss if you didn’t wake up early enough to snag a spot on the street. Here are some other stand-out events and places to enjoy with family and friends this holiday time.

    Private: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013

    Macy’s Visitor Information Center


    Thu, Nov 28, 2013, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere, the motto of the Macy’s parade has stood for 86 years and will continue to usher in the season of joy for years to come. The kicks off the holidays with giant balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities, performance groups, Santa Claus and some new additions!

    Private: Thanksgivukuh Celebration!

    Museum at Eldridge Street


    Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    What do you do when Thanksgiving and Chanukah fall on the same date? You light the menorah, baste the turkey, and celebrate – what else? – Thanksgivukuh! Catch the Thanksgivukuh spirit at Eldridge Street. Make Thanksgiving gelt, holiday art, and join the Great Dreidel Scavenger Hunt. You just might find a turkey along the way.

    Private: Season of Light Scavenger Hunt

    New-York Historical Society


    Fri, Nov 29, 2013 - Sun, Dec 01, 2013

    Families will seek out images of light throughout the New-York Historical Society in this seasonal scavenger hunt. From New-York Historical's Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps to the treasures of Shearith Israel, find examples of light used for both decoration and symbolism.

    Private: Big Apple Circus Luminocity

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


    Fri, Oct 25, 2013 - Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    Step right up and feast your eyes on some of the world’s most spectacular circus acts! The Big Apple Circus is returning to New York City for the 36th year in a row.Families can watch as Wall Streeters fly through the air on a double trapeze, humdrum dog-walkers inspire pups to do eye-popping tricks, a food-cart vendor juggles produce, construction workers show off jaw-dropping feats of strength, and a daydreaming repairman scales a ladder to ...

    Private: Bryant Park Winter Village

    Bryant Park


    Fri, Nov 01, 2013 - Sun, Mar 02, 2014

    The Rink is the centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The 170' x 100' rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities. Whether you are looking to skate before going to the office, through the lunch hour, with friends at a party, with a date, or for a spin under the stars at a holiday party, the Winter Village is ...

    Chanukah Festival and Mitzvah Day

    92nd Street Y


    Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 10:30 am

    Build your own menorah, decorate a dreidel, enjoy shows and take part in projects to benefit those in need. Have fun and experience the joy of tikkun olam (repairing the world) with your family. Please bring an unwrapped, unopened gift for the Chanukah gift drive. 92Y will provide more opportunities to volunteer around NYC throughout the day.

    Private: Gilded New York

    Museum of the City of New York


    Wed, Nov 13, 2013 - Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design.

    Private: Jewels by JAR

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Wed, Nov 20, 2013 - Sun, Mar 09, 2014

    This exhibition will feature more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the last thirty-five years, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. he exhibition will be the first devoted to a contemporary artist of gems at the Metropolitan Museum and will feature a selection of JAR's finest pieces—from jewels in classical flower forms and organic shapes to witty objets d'art—all executed with the most ...

    Private: Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa at the Metropolitan Museum

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Tue, Nov 05, 2013 - Sun, Mar 02, 2014

    Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa - The Venini Company, 1932–1947 - Carlo Scarpa (Italian, 1906–1978) created a singular and multifaceted body of work in architecture and design. Born in Venice, Scarpa studied architecture at the Accademia di Belle Arti there, graduating in 1926. His exploration of the medium of glass began while he worked at MVM Cappellin glassworks between 1926 and 1931. However, it was Scarpa's next post at Venini where he redefined the ...

    Private: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, with the Rockettes

    Radio City Music Hall


    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 - Mon, Dec 30, 2013

    The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular presents a thrilling 3D ride through the skies of New York with Santa, up to the North Pole, as state-of-the-art technology transforms Radio City Music Hall into a magical, immersive wonderland. From a unique take on ”The Nutcracker” to the original “Here Come Santa Claus,” the show delights with Clara, ice skaters, dancing teddy bears, dozens of Santa Clauses and more surprises!

    Private: The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden

    New York Botanical Garden


    Sat, Nov 16, 2013 - Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York. Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves.

    Private: Isa Genzken: Retrospective

    Museum of Modern Art


    Sat, Nov 23, 2013 - Sun, Mar 02, 2014

    Isa Genzken (German, b. 1948) is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years. This exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective of her diverse body of work in an American museum, and the largest to date, encompasses Genzken’s work in all mediums over the past 40 years.

    Private: Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves

    Museum of Modern Art


    Mon, Nov 25, 2013 - Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Ten Thousand Waves (2010) is an immersive film installation projected onto nine double-sided screens arranged in a dynamic structure. Especially conceived for The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, the installation choreographs visitors’ movement through the space.

    Private: Origami Holiday Tree 2013-1014

    American Museum of Natural History


    Mon, Nov 25, 2013 - Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. The theme of this year’s tree is Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful, honoring the Museum's new exhibition The Power of Poison. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of ...