We know all you Americans out there are looking forward to Thanksgiving.
To all of you who know that Thanksgiving some Thursday in November, but aren’t quite sure what your yankie friends across the pond are celebrating, we are going to attempt to educate you. I know for many years, I didn’t know anything about Thanksgiving beyond what I learned in Friends (think back…Joey getting his head stuck inside a raw turkey, the one with the list, the one with the touchy game of football (Gellar Cup ring any bells?). The list is endless! If you need a refresh, here is a list of the best Thanksgiving Friends episodes -> Thanksgiving with Friends
What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a national American holiday which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November each year. The basic premise behind Thanksgiving is to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Through the generations, Thanksgiving has become a time for families and friends to get together, eat too much, and give thanks. For those of you who are fans of the film Miracle on 34th Street, you will know all about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Presented by the chain store business, Macy’s, this parade was first run in 1924. It is a three-hour affair and it is held in New York City starting at 9am on Thanksgiving Day itself.
Thanksgiving has evolved into a massive celebration over the years. While the Thursday is reserved for eating, drinking and chilling with the family, the Friday after Thanksgiving is almost as big a deal as Thanksgiving itself. Known as Black Friday, bargain hunters and Christmas shoppers come out in their droves to snap up products at rock-bottom prices, as massive sales grip businesses around NYC and the US.
Yes, yes…I know you probably wish you were across the Atlantic, dollars at the ready, willing to check everything off that Christmas gift list, and immersing yourself in the American Thanksgiving buzz that NYC is so famous for.
Fear not however….
New York City is awesome all through the winter!
Honestly, there is no place quite like New York during the winter. There is something quite magical and Christmas movie-ish about wandering around the streets of NYC with in your winter coat, hat, scarf, and gloves keeping you snug.
Throughout the season, there are indoor and outdoor attractions and activities such as ice-skating in Bryant Park, loads of cycling itineraries that bring you all around the best parts of New York City, and myriad dazzling spectacles in the form of Broadway shows. And let’s not even get started on the shopping!
There are also heaps of festivals and events that appeal to people with lots of different interests. In January alone, there is the New York Boat Show, the New York Jewish Film Festival, the Winter Antiques Show, and of course, Chinese New Year.
Wanna hit NYC in the New Year?
Sure you would be mad not to! We have some great winter in NYC deals which makes visiting the Big Apple easy! View our deals here ->
If you are interested in visiting New York City this January, get in touch with Celine on 01 8047150.