New York City: November Weather and Events

Highlights include the New York City Marathon and Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

2016 TCS New York City Marathon
••• The New York City Marathon, held the first Sunday in November. WireImage/Getty Images

November is a great month to visit New York City. It begins with the New York City Marathon, features the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (both are iconic events worth experiencing in person), 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 holiday window displays. A bonus is that the New York weather in November is still comfortable for participating in these traditions and hitting other tourist spots.

November Weather in New York City

November is a great month to visit the Big Apple. The weather is pleasant for getting out and hitting some of the city's many attractions or for checking out the colorful fall foliage in Central Park. New York City weather in November can get chilly but snow is unlikely. 

  • Average high: 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celcius)
  • Average low: 41 degrees Fahrenheit  (5 degrees Celcius)

What to Wear in November in New York City

If you'll be visiting New York City in November, pack some fall favorites but don't forget a few winter essentials. A scarf, hat, and gloves will make life more comfortable in the evenings and later in the month when it gets chilly. Other good clothing items to bring include sweaters or hoodies, long pants, and an insulated windproof jacket. With all the walking you'll do in New York City, comfortable footwear is a must. Make sure your shoes are built (and broken in!) for walking, closed toe, and water resistant.

November Perks

  • The first Sunday in November is the New York City Marathon.​​​​
  • Foliage in Central Park peaks in early November.
  • The day before Thanksgiving, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are inflated outside the American Museum of Natural History.
  • The fourth Thursday (Thanksgiving) is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Days are warm and evenings are cool.
  • In late November, many holiday decorations are displayed and holiday events begin.

November Travel and Hotel Pricing

With so much to do in November in New York, it's no wonder that everyone wants to visit then. This means that hotel and airfare prices continue to be high during this peak time.

If you're planning to go at Thanksgiving, book accommodations well in advance so you don't get gouged. It can be handy to have a hotel along the Thanksgiving Day parade route, even if you want to watch the parade from the street. A hotel on the route offers easier access to the parade, plus hotels often reserve the space immediately in front of the hotel for guest-use only. That means you don't have to start holding your spot at 6 a.m.—three long (and often cold) hours before the parade starts.

Good to Know

  • Election Day is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November and New York City public schools are closed on this day. This means that there are many more people at various museums and other attractions.
  • Veterans Day, November 11, is a federal holiday, which means banks and post offices are closed. New York City public schools are closed this day.

November Events in New York City

  • New York City Marathon: The marathon began in 1970 in Central Park and now goes through all the city's five boroughs. It's the world's largest marathon with approximately 100,000 applicants. Only half typically finish.
  • New York Comedy Festival: This weeklong festival showcases national headlining comedians performing in some of the city's greatest venues such as Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: This beloved annual parade is the world's largest and features huge balloons of well-known characters from pop culture.
  • Veterans Day Parade: This yearly parade is the country's largest Veterans Day event and honors those who have served in the U.S. military.
  • Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue: Ornate holiday displays decorate the storefront windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Tiffany & Co., and more stores in Midtown.
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting: Every year since 1933, there has been a public lighting ceremony for the giant Christmas tree that presides over the ice-skating rink. The tree remains lit through early January.