A guide to Thanksgiving for kids and families in NYC in 2019

Check out our guide to Thanksgiving for kids and families in NYC! We'll help you make the holiday extra special!

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It's beginning to look a lot like...Thanksgiving! 

Before Saint Nick roles into town, explore our guide to Thanksgiving for kids. This year will be packed with cool parade floats, delicious food and, of course, loved ones. 

Don't forget to start brainstorming winter activities for kids: We think you can get a lot accomplished during dessert! Be sure to also check out our favorite Thanksgiving songs for kids and Thanksgiving movies for kids to make your celebration extra festive. 

When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving 2019 is November 28. 

 

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 guide
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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 guide

Before America gets turnt on turkey and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019. The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. Sure, it’s fun to watch in your PJs, but there’s nothing like watching the procession in person. Use our guide to examine the parade route and get a sneak peek of this year’s balloons and floats (or watch the pre-Thanksgiving balloon inflation). We’ll also tell you about nearby restaurants open on Thanksgiving as well as bars and festive New York attractions to check out for the full NYC experience. For a guided tour of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, click here. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Thanksgiving Day, of course! But we'll spell it out for you: Thursday, November 28. Where is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 77th St and Central Park West and heads down to 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square. Check out the Parade Route! What time does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade start? The parade kicks off promptly at 9am and ends at noon. Who is performing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? The list of musical guests and Broadway theater performers—all sandwiched between giant inflatable cart

Thanksgiving for kids

Things to do on Thanksgiving with kids
Things to do

Things to do on Thanksgiving with kids

Best Thanksgiving movies for kids and families
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Best Thanksgiving movies for kids and families

Best Thanksgiving books for kids and families
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Best Thanksgiving books for kids and families

Best holiday desserts from NYC bakeries
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Best holiday desserts from NYC bakeries

Best Thanksgiving songs for kids
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Best Thanksgiving songs for kids

Thanksgiving pies from NYC bakeries
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Thanksgiving pies from NYC bakeries

Best apple cider doughnuts in NYC
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Best apple cider doughnuts in NYC

Best hot chocolate in NYC to try now
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Best hot chocolate in NYC to try now

Where to see New York fall foliage
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Where to see New York fall foliage

Best scenic drives for fall near NYC
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Best scenic drives for fall near NYC

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New York kids answer: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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New York kids answer: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked city kids: "What are you thankful for?" this season. As expected the answers were super sweet: Kids mentioned their families, the fact that they were safe after the hurricaneand other quirkier things like apples. Click through our slide show to see all of their answers. RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving with kids in NYC

Things to do with kids near the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Things to do with kids near the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving for kids in New York City Planning on getting up bright and early to snag a spot along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route? After watching the massive balloons go by, track down some more fun in the area before heading home or to one of these family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day to chow down on turkey. There are plenty of family attractions to see and things to do with kids near the parade path, from the ferris wheel at Toys "R" Us to a festive train show at Grand Central Terminal. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day activities for families in New York City
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Thanksgiving Day activities for families in New York City

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may be the most well-known Turkey Day event in NYC, but it's hardly the only fun thing to do. Work up an appetite on one of the top hiking trails for families, see a seasonal show, visit a museum or check out one of the best ice-skating rinks in New York City for families. Our list of Thanksgiving Day activities for families is sure to keep you and your crew entertained before and after your feast. Whether you're cooking at home or eating at one of our favorite family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in NYC, have a happy holiday!  RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving in NYC for kids

Thanksgiving-themed events for New York City kids
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Thanksgiving-themed events for New York City kids

From watching animals at the Staten Island Zoo enjoy their own feast to learning about the history of the holiday, these Turkey Day-themed events teach kids about the significance of Thanksgiving. 

The best holiday markets in New York City
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The best holiday markets in New York City

If it’s a unique gift you’re searching for, the talented vendors at these holiday markets are up for the challenge. You’ll cross out those holiday wish lists in no time with sweet items for kids and adults alike. These holiday markets are just a touch of what makes New York City during the winter season so festive and fun. RECOMMENDED: Your guide to Christmas for kids in New York City While you’re out shopping with the brood, warm up with the best hot chocolate spots in the city, find even more great gift items at toy stores and enjoy the winter season at any of the top kids' ice skating rinks in NYC.