21 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving Week in NYC

Lists   21 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving Week in NYC
From schedule changes for Broadway shows to holiday cabarets and themed Thanksgiving dinners, fill your proverbial plate with theatre November 21–25.

Traveling to New York City for Thanksgiving? There’s nothing like a long weekend to take in all the city has to offer—especially a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, a concert, or a theatre-themed event.

Be sure to check out Playbill’s revised schedule for Broadway shows for Thanksgiving week—it’s different than usual—to plan accordingly.

Here is your comprehensive guide to a Broadway Thanksgiving:

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall (1260 Sixth Avenue). Prices vary. For tickets, click here.
The annual tradition of the high-kicking Radio City Rockettes and Christmas-themed festivities plays performances multiple times a day during the week of Thanksgiving.

Bryant Park Winter Village
Bryant Park (41 West 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Holiday Shops: Monday–Friday 11AM–9PM and Saturday–Sunday 10AM–9PM.
A holiday gift shop wonderland takes over Bryant Park each holiday season. Boasting seasonal morsels and holiday shopping, it’s worth a stroll.

Bryant Park Skating Rink
Skating Hours: 8AM-10PM Daily. Free Winter Village admission, $20 skate rental.
The rink is open! Skating is free and skate rental is available for $20, though you may also bring your own.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Saks Fifth Avenue's Theater of Dreams Holiday Light Show
Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Avenue), free.
A ten-story tall theatre-inspired window display and light show at the famed Saks Fifth Ave. The story in the windows follows a woman's visit to the theatre during the holidays. Saks customers can sponsor lightbulbs in the display and all proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Check out the November 19 unveiling here.

Thanksgiving Market at Grand Central Terminal
25 Vanderbilt Avenue at East 43rd Street, from 8AM to 7PM
For one day only, select bakeries and shops will offer an array of delicious treats just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Browse the market at the Taxi Stand right outside of historic Grand Central Terminal.

Catch a Broadway matinee!
Here's our Thanksgiving week schedule for Broadway shows.

92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
See the best parade of the year up close starting at 9AM. We made you a guide.

See a Broadway show. Here’s what’s playing on Thanksgiving Thursday:

  • Chicago, 8PM
  • The Phantom of the Opera, 8PM
  • Torch Song, 7PM
  • Waitress, 7PM

Marilyn Maye Gives Thanks
Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street between Brodway and Eighth Avenues). Tickets from $70. Doors at 5PM, concert at 8PM. Tickets and more information here.
Starting November 18, the great American jazz and cabaret performer hosts her own intimate show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, performing a mixture of Great American Songbook standards and some holiday music to welcome in the season. For this special Thanksgiving performance, there is a Thanksgiving dinner prix fixe with curated holiday dishes. Maye will also perform November 23 and 24.

Carol Sloane – “Still Autumn in New York”
Birdland (315 West 44th Street). Tickets from $30. November 21-24. Click here for ticketing and more information.
Veteran singer Carol Sloane returns to Birdland singing jazz classics, themed for the season. Her show is back by popular demand.

Broadway-Themed Thanksgiving Dinners

  • Gaby Brasserie Française at Sofitel New York: From 12PM-4PM the hotel’s signature restaurants offers an early Thanksgiving meal complete with a Waitress-themed dessert from Lulu’s Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet, including apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, an assortment of miniature treats like opera cake, panna cotta and cheesecake, as well as lemon, key lime and fruit tarts. You can pair tickets to the show with your meal. 45 West 44th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Details here.
  • Sardi’s: Dine among portraits of Broadway stars to celebrate the holiday weekend, including a prix fixe three-course dinner with seasonal favorites and a helping of pumpkin pie. 234 West 44th Street (between Seventh & Eighth Avenues). Find the menu here.
  • Tony's DiNapoli: The go-to for pizza in the Theatre District, but they serve a good Thanksgiving feast as well. . Be sure to check out the hidden Broadway-themed art gallery! 147 West 43rd Street (between Sixth & Seventh Avenues).
  • Carmine’s: In the heart of the Theatre District, the legendary Italian restaurant dishes up Thanksgiving dinner with holiday staples. Eat in or dine out. 200 West 44th St (between Seventh & Eighth Avenues).

Many Broadway shows have a matinée performance in addition to the regularly scheduled Friday evening show.

Opening night of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater (20 Lincoln Center Plaza). Prices vary. Until December 30.
The holiday classic returns to the David H. Koch Theater with the New York City Ballet, featuring 90 dancers and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Christmas Holiday Spectacular! at Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (881 Seventh Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Avenues). Tickets from $58. 8PM. Tickets and more information here.
A festive evening of global and classic holiday music composed and arranged by John Leavitt and performed by the New York City Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, Grissom High School Choir, Holy Names Academy Choir, Our Savior's Lutheran Church Chancel Choir, Shawnee Choral Society, The First Congregational Church of Boulder Choi, and Voices of Praise Choral Ensemble.

Holiday Train Show at the Bronx Botanical Gardens
Bronx Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx). Tickets during the holiday week from $18 for children, $30 for adults, $28 for seniors (65+) and students here. Open through January 21.
Creator Paul Busse invites viewers into a magical miniature holiday town featuring landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty, and nearly a half-mile track featuring large-scale model trains. (The show officially opened November 17.)

Annual Arlo Guthrie Thanksgiving Show at Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (881 Seventh Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Avenues). 8PM. Tickets from $12.50. More information here.
Catch American folk legend Arlo Guthrie perform hits at Carnegie Hall at 8 PM. Guthrie is known for songs like "Alice's Restaurant" and for his timely social commentary. Guthrie welcomes The Weight Band as his special guest.

Holiday Brunch at the Grand Tier Restaurant
30 Lincoln Center Plaza. Prix-fixe meals at $45. By reservation. More information here.
Offered Sundays through December 30, catch a delicious holiday-themed brunch and live show performed by the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the the Grand Tier Restaurant, located at 30 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Sondheim Unplugged
Feintsein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). Tickets from $35. 7PM. More information here.
The only November date of this recurring special concert at the famed cabaret venue. Launched in 2010 at 54 Below, the series stars Broadway and cabaret performers paying tribute to Sondheim’s musical masterpieces including Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, and Company. Performers are Bethany Eggleston, Marquee Five, Jacob Hoffman, Rob Maitner, Sierra Rein, Lisa Sabin, Lucia Spina, Gabrielle Stravelli and special guest Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd's original Johanna).

A Christmas Carol The Musical
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougall Street between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets). Prices vary. 2 PM. Tickets and more information here.
Journey downtown to hang with Scrooge in this seasonal favorite for the tenth year running in the West Village. The production runs through December 30.

**Thanksgiving is just the kick-off to the theatre-themed happenings in celebration of the holiday season. Stay tuned to Playbill.com for more Broadway things to do before 2018 ends!

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