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November events calendar for kids in NYC

Our November events calendar for kids in NYC will keep your family busy all while staying safe

By Danielle Valente and Allie Early

Our November events calendar for kids is the perfect mix of autumn and winter festivities in New York City, from Christmas events to leftover Halloween celebrations that need one final hoorah. Although happenings around the city have instated different rules for 2020—while some might have opted to go virtual—the show will still go on. 

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Bundle up and enjoy the best hot chocolate in NYC, cool new exhibits, holiday light shows and a bunch of other cool things to do. We've been through a lot this year, but we're to help you make the most out of the holiday season while staying safe.

November events calendar for kids

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Time Out + NYPL
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1. Time Out New York Kids + New York Public Library daily storytimes

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Are your little ones missing their favorite reading circle? Don’t worry, Mom and Dad: We have the perfect solution! Time Out is partnering with the New York Public Library to present digital storytimes for pint-sized bookworms. Beginning August 10, families can tune in Monday through Thursday at 10am—right here—for a remote read-aloud. Curious about the lineup? The Time Out New York Kids newsletter will reveal forthcoming story time schedules on Fridays, so sign up today!


funnel cake county fair
funnel cake county fair
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2. Find your favorite fair food at this drive-thru Christmas lights event

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This year has not been kind to street fairs. 

To fill the void, the debut Orange County Drive-Thru Fair Food Festival allowed visitors to get their funnel cake and fried Oreo fix in a socially distanced manner. Now, visitors can expect the same delights—with a holiday twist. 

The Orange County Fair's Holiday Lights Spectacular is not only a great drive-thru Christmas event with stunning light displays—featuring a multimedia show with accompaniment from Christmas carols—it's the perfect place for those with a sweet tooth.

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“We wanted to bring some true holiday spirit to families in the Hudson Valley and beyond and we were able to come up with a concept that has something for everyone, all done in a safe, socially distanced environment," said event coordinator Mary Weber. "Food is a crucial part of celebrating the holidays and we have all the classics like hot chocolate, eggnog and chocolate dipped pretzels plus some new items like candy coated marshmallows, Mexican street corn empanadas and even gingerbread house decorating kits."

What else can hungry visitors expect? Funnel cake, zeppoles, freshly-squeezed lemonade and cotton candy. Consider it a dose of summertime in the winter! 

The event will run from Nov 27 to Jan 3 in Middletown, New York at 239 Wisner Ave. Snag $20 tickets online and explore other Christmas events in NYC and the surrounding area.  

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3. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Winter Village is on its way to Bryant Park! Every year, the midtown green space transforms into a holiday wonderland, complete with shops, sweets, ice skating, a Christmas tree and more. Things will look a little different in 2020: The event will be spaced out appropriately, everything will take place outdoors and timed skating sessions will be required. (Tickets open at the end of October.) Visit the Bryant Park website for more details. All ages. 

magic of lights
magic of lights
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4. The Magic of Lights

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The Season of Lights is certainly living up to its title. 

Festive displays at the Bronx Zoo and Randall's Island will illuminate New York City later this year. Plus, Gotham's neighbors will be indulging in similar celebrations. Get out of the city for a few hours with a day trip to Long Island for the Magic of Lights drive-through experience. From Nov 13, 2020–Jan 2, 2021, the 2.5-mile show will bring breathtaking scenes to Jones Beach State Park thanks to LED technology and digital animations. This includes the Blizzard Tunnel, 240 feet of LED Christmas trees and displays based on themes like "The Night Before Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016
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5. Macy's is "reimagining" its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Each year, about 3.5 million people gather on New York City streets to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but this year, that's just not going to happen, according to its organizers.

Unlike many events this year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be canceled, but it will look quite different.

On its website, Macy's said it will bring out its balloons and festivities in a new way, like how it did its surprise Fourth of July fireworks in July.

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"Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. Stay tuned for more details later this fall."


macy's santaland
macy's santaland
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6. Macy's Santaland

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One of New Yorkers' beloved holiday traditions is making some changes for the 2020 season. Since 1861, families have flocked to Macy's in Herald Square to venture through the whimsical, festive Santaland, and of course, snag some one-on-one time with the man in the red suit. This year, things will look a little different: From Nov 27 through Dec 24, Macy’s Santaland will be transformed into an interactive, virtual experience, ultimately bringing a little piece of NYC Christmas magic to homes everywhere. 



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