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The chill in the air, autumn in its full glory and the excitement for the Christmas season ahead. In just a couple of weeks, on 27 of November, friends and family will travel far and wide to celebrate Thanksgiving.

So, what is Thanksgiving, exactly? Simply, it is a time to eat, drink and be merry with loved ones and a time to be grateful for all you have. At eDreams, we too have travelled a bit to indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. From the southern hospitality experienced at a dinner in Florida, laden with cheddar biscuits and sun-filled skies, to the sensation of being warmed by hot mulled apple cider and sweet corn soufflé at a Thanksgiving gathering in the northern United States. In the end, though gathering with family is most important, one truth is undeniable: There isn’t anything quite like the magic of a Thanksgiving in New York.

Things To Do On Your New York Holidays For Thanksgiving

Not only is New York City a top destination for travelling, with eDreams you can find your preferred flight and dream holiday package. Need more reason for a holiday in New York? Here are a few convincing points on why New York in autumn is a splendid holiday destination:

Central Park

This iconic location never gets old. It vibrates with life and offers a breathtaking view every time one visits. You’ll likely spend hours strolling through the park, observing passers-by and being enchanted by the sound of one of the park’s many fountains. Become an explorer and climb the Belvedere Castle; here, you can take in the magnificent cityscape decorated in the gold, orange and copper leaves of autumn. The best part? Enjoying this New York City gem is free, and who doesn’t want an experience of cheap holidays to New York?

A streaming fountain in New York's Central Park
Central Park in autumn

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Apart from the dinner, this is the most anticipated Thanksgiving moment. Huge balloons, parade floats, bands and cheerleaders march down the streets for this annual parade. It begins on Thanksgiving morning at 9am on 77th Street at Central Park West and concludes in front of Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this event!

Giant Balloons at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
Photo by gigi_nyc via Flickr

Ice Skating

The very popular Wollman Rink may be a part of Central Park, but it undoubtedly holds a charm all its own. A featured location in many movies including Home Alone 2 and Serendipity, the Wollman Rink opened in 1949 and is a New York landmark. If you’ve never ice-skated before, can you imagine a more fitting destination to learn? The rink is open on Thanksgiving Day until 7pm, so be sure to add this to your day’s activities.

Ice skating at Wollman Rink in New York
Photo by Rob Crow via Flickr

Love In New York

You may have arrived to celebrate the Turkey Day holiday, but have fallen in love with the city. This city’s charm is enough to make anyone fall in love and is also a great destination for going on a romantic holiday. From the iconic backdrop of the cityscape, the beautiful scene of the Brooklyn Bridge, the iconic grandeur of the Grand Central Station, or the wonderment of Battery Park’s Winter Village, any nook in the city is great for couples.

A collage of couples in New York
Photo collage created with photos by david Robert Bilwas, Tom, Bust It Away Photography and Luke Redmond via Flickr

The City Warmth

New York weather can be quite a bit chilly this time of year, and after a day of walking and exploring the city, there’s nothing more satisfying than a cup of hot mulled apple cider. It is a classic holiday beverage and is available at local market vendors, who often make their own fresh batch spiced with Autumn’s flavours. Shops throughout the city also serve this delicious concoction. Try it, it will warm you and keep you eager to see more of New York City.

Hot Cider in a New York market
Photo by Nancy L. Stockdale via Flickr

A Kid Again In The City

The magic of the season continues! No holiday in New York is complete without a visit to FAO Schwarz. This epic toy store was founded in 1862, and is the oldest in the United States. When you go, visit the location on Fifth Avenue. There, you will find a very large floor piano, which may be familiar to you, as it was featured in the 1988 film, Big.

The movie Big with Tom Hanks at FAO Schwarz Toy Store in New York
FAO Schwarz Toy Store in New York

Top of The Rock

What is the perfect end to your Thanksgiving holiday in New York? A spectacular view of New York City amidst Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. The observation deck at the top of Rockefeller Center is one of the most amazing views of the New York City skyline and a must-see attraction. It’s open on Thanksgiving Day from 8am until midnight, so don’t miss it.

View from Top of the Rock, Rockerfeller Center
View from Top of the Rock, Rockerfeller Center

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