Three months of memorable NY holiday events are beginning and there is something to look forward to for everyone. Archer offers a dozen delicious ideas for you to choose from, whether you're looking for a classic holiday favorite or something completely new. Mmm — and Archer wants you to enjoy as many of them as you can.
1. New York Wine and Food Festival — October 11 - 14
Get tickets to an event featuring your favorite chef, sommelier, wine or restaurant. Just get tickets! Visit the NYCWFF website to find a good date, neighborhood, price point and event for you and your friends. Events occur across the city during the festival weekend. Cooking and wine classes, food demonstrations and such events as casual tastings and galas are all on the calendar for this year’s festival. What a terrific place to hunt holiday menu ideas for your own table.
10. Great Menorah Lighting — December 2 - 10, 2018
9. NYC Tree Lighting and Concert — November 28, 2018 — lit until January 7, 2019
The Nutcracker, the NYC Ballet — November 23 - December 30
Everyone should see "The Nutcracker" at least one time. In New York, the New York City Ballet offers its world-class show at Lincoln Center (70 West 63rd Street). Tickets are available for this ballet that celebrates holiday dreaming, beautiful costuming, choreography to remember and dancing you’ll want to imitate when nobody is looking. Seeing a holiday show at Lincoln Center in New York — yes, it’s a terrific idea.
7. Thanksgiving Dinner at Tavern on the Green — call now
Tavern on the Green is a renovated yet classic icon of New York holiday lore. This Thanksgiving, make a reservation that will snuggle your New York trip in your memory with a bold “Check!” on your list of things you have always wanted to do in the city. The Tavern’s Thanksgiving meal this year includes a prix fixe menu of four courses for $125 (or $175 per adult for groups of 13+). Children's portions of the same menu fare are available for $65. Make a reservation for this Central Park restaurant and you will always be able to say, “We had Thanksgiving at Tavern on the Green.”
6. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — November 22, 2018
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is viewed by millions on television and hundreds of thousands in person. Beginning on Central Park West at 77th Street and heading south before jogging southeast on West 59th to 6th Avenue and finishing in front of the Macy’s Herald Square on 34th street, the parade offers two and a half miles of public viewing joy. More than 50 balloons amaze children and adults each year.Did you know that the crews pulling the balloons train as a team in advance of the parade and respond to commands from a team leader? They wear gloves to protect their hands from the ropes, as well as from the cold. We recommend arriving with your friends or family (very) early and staking out a viewing spot away from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or on Central Park West. (The Grand Stand area is not open to the public.)
5. Radio City Rockettes® Christmas Spectacular — November 9 - December 31, 2018
Have you seen the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in the past few years? Did you know that the show changes every single year? Get tickets and invite some magic into your holiday season this year. Some parts of the show remain timelessly quintessential to any New York Holiday Events check list. For example, the button-cute regiment of toy soldiers are back again. If tradition and cuteness don’t attract you, perhaps you’d like to see The Radio City Rockettes perform. It’s all on one stage, and you can see it with one ticket.
4. NYC 2018 Marathon — November 4, 2018
Hosted this year by TATA Consultancy Services (TCS), the New York Marathon will reward the excited expectations of the city crowds from Brooklyn, to the Bronx, to the East Side, to — well, you get the idea. TCS calls the race a “26.2-mile block party through the world’s most diverse city.” Who doesn’t love a block party? Catch the running fever, which seems to be spreading across the U.S.Find a spot to watch racers pass by and cheer for them while enjoying some fantastic costumes. We recommend cheering in Williamsburg anywhere along Bedford Avenue (miles 9 - 12) or on First Avenue near 96th street (mile 18, where runners really need your encouragement). Remember that, much like when you attend a parade, there will be stretches of time during which you may not be permitted to cross certain streets. The finish line is reserved for Grand Stand ticket holders. Wear lots of layers and plan ahead.
3. Halloween Village Parade — October 31, 2018, at 7 PM
Ranging from darn cute to decidedly adult, the costume themes at New York’s most celebrated Halloween Parade make it a must-stop-and-see event along the way to your Halloween night plans. Details on how to participate can be found at the Village Parade website. Join in the fun as a spectator of this year’s “Garden of Earthly Delights!” theme, on Sixth Avenue from Spring to 16th Streets.
2. The Winter Village at Bryant Park® — October 27, 2018 - January 2, 2019
120+ holiday specialty shops and FREE outdoor ice skating make The Winter Village at Bryant Park a one-stop, all-day way to spend time getting ready for and enjoying the upcoming holidays. Bring a friend, your family or someone you wish were more than a friend. It will be cold enough to hold hands.