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.

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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

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

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Schedule varies; visit nycballet.com for details. Through Jan 2. Since 1954, the New York City Ballet has transported audiences to a world of frost fairies, toy soldiers and towering mice. Tchaikovsky’s score may be hummably familiar, but the choreography still feels magically fresh.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Until Sat Jan 4
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WindowsWear

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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. Meet at Macy's Herald Square, 151 W 34th St at Broadway. Subway: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St–Herald Sq.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Holiday Under the Stars

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Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic Yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you won’t even care that you maxed out your MasterCard getting Aunt Judy that back massager she’s been wanting. When you're done marveling, don't forget to check out the ten new stores that have recently opened at the TWC.

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway and 59th St
  2. Fri Jan 3 - Sat Jan 4
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New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show

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Within Grand Central Terminal you’ll find the New York Transit Museum’s 12th annual Holiday Train Show, an ode to all kinds of locomotives. You’ll feel positively giant while wandering around the 34-foot-long display, festooned with miniature versions of city landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Watch as Lionel model trains travel over the river (the East River, to be exact) and through the wood to reach their final destination, the north pole.

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Until Sun Feb 23
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Holiday Train Show

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In NYBG's wildly popular diorama, more than a dozen model railway trains traverse an incredibly detailed New York City scene, including such landmarks as the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall, made of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark and berries.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 7 - Sun Nov 30
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Origami Holiday Tree

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More than 500 handmade origami ornaments adorn the holiday season's craftiest Christmas tree. This year's theme is "Wicked, Wild and Wonderful," so keep your eyes peeled for baubles inspired by the museum's "The Power of Poison" exhibit, including paper fire ants, poison frogs and jellyfish.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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  1. Thanksgiving weekend: Festive events
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Desire

jjust a few cool things for thanksgiving xx