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November in New York City November hosts several big events in the Big Apple, such as the New York City Marathon and the New York Comedy Festival. And with the holiday season is fast approaching, the city is alive with the excitement of both Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas holidays. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the unveiling of the legendary holiday storefront windows, November is a beautiful time of year to experience the magic of Manhattan. New York City Marathon This annual event which takes place the first Sunday is November has evolved over the last few decades from a modest few dozen runners to the largest marathon in the U.S. The course runs through all five boroughs in New York City, with the finish line located in Central Park. Over two million spectators fill the city to cheer on their favorite athlete, and the event is watched by an estimated 315 million viewers around the world. Entry to the New York City Marathon is gained by a lottery system due to its massive popularity- more than 100,000 people apply each year. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. takes place on the fourth Thursday in the month of November, and lucky travelers who are in Manhattan at this time should check out the incredible spectacle that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This annual Thanksgiving Day tradition is a popular destination for travelers and home-grown New Yorkers alike. The colorful festivities get started at 9a.m. at 77th Street and Central Park West, and the best place to watch the parade go by is between 61st and 72nd Streets on Central Park West. Arrive early for an optimal viewing area and remember to bundle up. For more detailed information on the parade route, visit the official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade website.