November is a great month to visit New York City -- it begins with the New York City Marathon and ends with the Thanksgiving Day Parade -- both iconic events that are worth experiencing in person. November's weather is comfortable for exploring the city, and by the end of the month, the city is transformed into a holiday-inspired wonderland, complete with a tree in Rockefeller Center and many of New York City's Holiday Window Displays.
If you're planning to visit for Thanksgiving, you'll want to book accommodations well in advance. If you're interested in a hotel along the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route, check out our advice and recommendations to make sure you get the best room for your needs. It can be handy to have a hotel along the route, even if you want to watch the parade from the street because it offers easier access to the parade route and they often reserve the space immediately outside of the hotel for guest use only, so you don't have to start holding your spot at 6 a.m., three long (& often cold) hours before the parade starts.
- Average High: 54°F (12°C)
- Average Low: 41°F (5°C)
- New York City weather in November can be chilly, but snow is unlikely.
What to Wear:
- sweaters or hoodies
- a warm, windproof jacket
- long pants
- closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant, if possible
- you may find gloves or a hat helpful in keeping warm, especially at night and later in the month
- the first Sunday in November is the New York City Marathon
- the day before Thanksgiving, the Balloons are inflated outside of AMNH
- the fourth Thursday is the Thanksgiving Day Parade
- foliage in Central Park peaks in early November
- days are warm and evenings are cool
- late in November, many holiday displays and events begin
- hotel prices and airfares continue to be high, as this is peak travel time
Good to Know:
- Election Day is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November and NYC public schools are closed. This can definitely mean there are lots more people at various museums and other NYC attractions.
- Veterans Day, November 11, is a federal holiday, which means banks and post offices are often closed. New York City public schools are closed this day as well
- The tree in Rockefeller Center is normally put up in the middle of the month, but is typically not lit until the week after Thanksgiving.
- New York City Marathon
- New York Comedy Festival
- New York Culinary Festival
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Veterans Day Parade
- Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting