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Things to do over Thanksgiving weekend

Discover plenty of things to do over Thanksgiving weekend, whether you're in the holiday spirit, or if you're more ho-ho-oh forget it

Photograph: Nate Mumford

If you're staying here over Thanksgiving weekend, chances are you've got your folks in town. In which case, it's the perfect time to take them to the festive sights—like ice-skating rinks or holiday markets—while the city's delightfully deserted. On the other hand, if you're here and are trying your very best to avoid Christmas in New York, we've got your agenda for a cultured couple of days away from the turkeys.

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Thanksgiving weekend activities in the festive spirit

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Critics' pick

For the 87th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route visit macys.com/parade. RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving in New York guide

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Manhattan Thursday November 26 2015


Window-shopping went to a whole new level in November 2012 with the launch of WindowsWear, which catalogs the current displays of 500 retailers in cities like New York, Milan and Paris. The veneer-monitoring site offers an offline tour of Fifth Avenue’s most impressive glass facades: Over two hours, you’ll check out stores like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, while hearing about the inspiration behind the constantly changing spectacles. 

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Until Wed Dec 31

Things to do on Thanksgiving weekend if you want to forget the holidays

Gazillion Bubble Show

Critics' pick

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add to the trippy visuals.—David Cote

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New World Stages , Hell's Kitchen Until Sunday December 27 2015



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