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10 Things to Do on Thanksgiving in NYC (Other Than Dinner)

The city that never sleeps practically takes a nap on turkey day every year. But from Broadway shows and holiday classics to volunteering to help your neighbors in need, there is plenty to do in NYC on Thanksgiving—as long as you plan in advance.

By / October 4, 2018
   Kent Miller
   Kent Miller
   Kent Miller

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

West 77th Street to Macy's Herald Square

It's a turkey day tradition for a reason! Enjoy vibrant marching bands, giant balloons, and dancers galore. Get great views on Central Park West from 75th to 59th, and on 6th Ave from 59th to 38th.


Nutcracker Rouge

Theatre XIV

Kick off the holiday season with this sparklingly erotic re-imagining of the classic Nutcracker tale, blending baroque styling and burlesque sensuality with opera, circus, dance, and theatre.

$65 - $325 / RSVP

Delivery Volunteering with God’s Love We Deliver

Various locations around NYC

If you have a car, sign up ASAP for these coveted and desperately needed Thanksgiving day volunteer shifts, where you can personally deliver meals to hungry families all over the city.


Jazz Queens: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James & Sarah Vaughan

Club Bonafide

Spend an evening with vocalist Emilie Surtees as she pays homage to three of the most influential, soul-moving women of jazz at this laid-back tribute concert.

$22 / RSVP
   Joan Marcus

Waitress: The Musical

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

It's the perfect day for a pie-themed performance! Enjoy this "slice of life" musical with the ultimate happy ending (and pies available to purchase, if you haven't already had your fill).

$79 - $352 / RSVP

Thanksgiving with Wycliffe Gordon

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Good vibes only at this special performance featuring "Best Trombone" Wycliffe Gordon. It's guaranteed to be a jazzy and joyful night, with food and drink included in your ticket.

$165 / RSVP

Big Apple Circus

Lincoln Center

Returning for another high-flying holiday season, enjoy an afternoon performance on Thanksgiving from aerial acrobats, animal presenters, comedic characters, and a gravity-defying horizontal juggler.

$45 - $195 / RSVP

Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

November 22 at 2:30, 5:30, and 8:30 PM

Radio City Music Hall

Old meets new at this year's perfectly in-step holiday show, featuring the classic numbers you love, plus a new finale where the Rockettes dance alongside cutting-edge projection and drone technology

$51 - $211 / RSVP

Gobble Gobble Give 2018

November 22

The Church of the Intercession

Sign up in advance, then bring a warm side dish, five toiletry kits, and gently used clothing to this Harlem church on Thanksgiving morning, where you can help feed people in need.


The Phantom of The Opera

The Majestic Theatre

Soak in all the romance, action, drama, and candlelight at this musical classic about love, obsession, and death, now in its 30th year, and the longest-running show in Broadway history.

$70 - $250 / RSVP


Quinne Myers is a writer, illustrator, apparel designer, and lingerie industry pundit living in Brooklyn. Loves sweaty concert dancing, eating dessert, feeling feelings, and petting every dog.

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