7 Fun Things to Do in New York City Before 2022 Ends
Looking for fun things to do in New York City this Holiday season?
Wow, time flies and 2023 is right around the corner but there is still plenty to do before the year ends. With the fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Holidays all fast approaching, the last three months of the year is a great time to visit NYC! Here are 7 fun things to do in New York City before 2022 ends.
Celebrate Halloween in New York City
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There are so many fun ways to celebrate Halloween (October 31) in New York City. First off you have the famous Village Halloween Parade which is a huge parade where everyone is in costumes so you just never know who you might see and meet! There is also the Annual Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park where tons of carved pumpkins are released into the Harlem Meer. It is quite the sight, and this starts at 6:30 PM on Halloween. Finally, the Pumpkins Arch at Pier 17 will be back all October and it offers great photo opportunities.
Go on a Food Tour of Chinatown, Little Italy, and Nolita
Chinatown, Little Italy, and Nolita are renowned for their plentiful options for both shopping and eating. The best and easiest way to check out these neighborhoods and to try some of the best foods that you can find is to join us on one of our food tours. We have two fun NYC food tours, Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest and Taste Mulberry Street – A Culinary Journey. Check out our tours page for more information.
Ice Skating in the Heart of New York City
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As the temperatures drop, it is a sign that ice skating is back in New York City. The two most popular New York City ice skating rinks are in Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center. Both are in Midtown. We love to skate, take in the sights, and then enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate!
Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 24) is an annual tradition for both locals and visitors to New York City alike. You can see gigantic floats of some of your favorite cartoons and pop culture icons, marching bands, singers, and celebrities from all walks of life. The route is from 77th St and Central Park West to the Macy’s in Herald Square. The parade starts at 9 AM and ends at noon.
Get Tickets for the Museum of Broadway
The Museum of Broadway (145 W 45th St) opens on November 15 and it celebrates the rich history of Broadway and gives you a behind the scenes look at your favorite shows. Afterwards, it is the perfect time to watch a show on Broadway. There are so many great shows now playing so there is something for everyone. Keep an eye out for free Broadway performances at the Shops at Columbus Circle and at Hudson Yards too.
See the Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorahs
Hanukkah starts on December 18 and lasts for 8 days. To celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights, you can go to the lighting of the world’s largest Hanukkah menorahs. Manhattan and Brooklyn both rival for the world’s largest Hanukkah menorahs and confusingly enough they are in the Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan and in the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Both menorahs are about 32 feet tall and weight over 4,000 pounds. There will be food and festivities too. The lighting ceremony usually starts around 6:00 PM every night of Hanukkah.
Join the Christmas and Holiday Festivities
Christmas is easily our favorite time to be in New York City. There are so many festive things to do and see. Here is a short list of places and events to check out: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Rockefeller Christmas tree, Holiday displays at Macy’s and Fifth Avenue, Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden, Christmas markets in Bryant Park, Union Square, and Columbus Circle and finally the Holiday nostalgia subway rides.