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Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day in NYC 2012

Bookend your family's Turkey Day meal with one of these Thanksgiving events for kids in New York City.

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    Kids Turkey Trot

     

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & the Masters of Studio Ghibli

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    Elf on Broadway

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    Disney on Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    A Christmas Story, The Musical

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition"

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

    "Julia Buffalohead: Let the Show Begin"

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving Day

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Work up an appetite before sitting down to dinner with these Thanksgiving events, including the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a kids' race and a family bike ride. Plus, your brood can continue to stave off that post-turkey coma with plenty of other Thanksgiving events throughout the long weekend.


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NYC Pilgrim Pedal Thanksgiving Day Bicycle Ride

  • Price band: 1/4

Get active on Turkey Day with a bike ride event where everyone can feel like a champion. Certified instructors take care that no rider gets left behind, and prizes will be awarded for the best costume and best themed bike. The tour starts at 23rd Street and the East River in Manhattan and takes cyclists through Brooklyn and Queens, with a sit-down break for coffee and pastries scheduled midway through the trip. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ages 1 and up.

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & the Masters of Studio Ghibli

  • Price band: 1/4

This comprehensive retrospective of the Japanese animation studio best known for Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro was so popular during its run last winter that IFC has brought it back for another go-round. The fest runs through Dec 20. Visit ifccenter.com/series/castles-in-the-sky-miyazaki-takahata-the-masters-of-studio-ghibli for more information. All ages.

  1. IFC Center 323 Sixth Ave, at 3rd St
  2. Until Thu Dec 20
More info

Disney on Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After

  • Price band: 3/4

Many of your tot's favorite Disney characters, new and old, hit the ice in this remix of classic fairytales. The all-star lineup includes Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Merida from Brave. Characters will compete to be the next Disney superstar with singing, dancing and archery contests in this compilation of wacky adventures. All ages.

  1. Izod Center Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Rte 120
  2. Until Sun Dec 2
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 3/4

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. Last year, new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology (think 3-D film elements, a video game-inspired sequence and LED backdrops) were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance. This year, as the precision-dance troupe celebrates its 85th anniversary, the show incorporates a nod to the past—a costume retrospective showcasing the Rockettes' ensembles through the decades, from flowing 1930s dresses to Space Age helmet-and-pearl getups to perky pre-millenial attire. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Mon Dec 30
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A Christmas Story, The Musical

  • Price band: 3/4

Will nine-year-old Ralphie receive his dream Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB Gun? Families will find out in this Broadway musical interpretation of the now-classic 1983 holiday flick. Go on, we triple dog dare ya! Ages 7 and up.

  1. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 29
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"Harry Potter: The Exhibiton"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After a successful run at Discovery Times Square last spring, "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" is returning to the midtown space. Fans of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series will revel in the magical world, viewing displays inspired by the films' sets, plus more than 200 models, costumes and props from the movies. The exhibit, which will be updated to include artifacts from the final HP film (a Deathly Hallows display case, a silicon model of Voldemort's snake), will also sport holiday decor. All ages.

  1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Mon May 6 - Sun Apr 7
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"Julie Buffalohead: Let the Show Begin"

  • Free

Minneapolis-based artist Julie Buffalohead, an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and a Cornell alum, explores the stereotypes and iconography of American Indians through beautiful, thought-provoking paintings filled with storybook-inspired animal imagery. With elements of delight and menace that evoke such canonical masters of kid-lit illustration as William Steig and Quentin Blake, her work is bound to intrigue young art aficionados. All ages.

  1. National Museum of the American Indian Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, between State and Whitehall Sts
  2. Until Sun Apr 28
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