November and December are my favorite months to visit New York because it’s the celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Weather forecast for November and December in New York
Average high: November: 12°C – 53°F //// December: 7°C – 44°F
Average low: November: 5°C – 41°F//// December: 0°C – 32°F
In the last two months of the year, New York experiences the fall season, and then naturally winter comes, but you’ll see that nothing is boring in this city. With fall, you’ll enjoy a nice stroll in the streets of Greenwich Village and SoHo or even Central Park with its fall foliage. In November, you might still enjoy some mild temperatures during the day but watch out for evenings since it tends to be cold.
Then, keep in mind that snow can fall at any given time and for several days starting November, but in December, when celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve, you’ll experience a fabulous side of New York for the winter holidays.
Beware of temperature drops in the winter and make sure you are warm enough since you’ll be walking for long hours. It isn’t the right time to get sick, but to comfortably enjoy New York.
When I say warm clothes, I mean: warm walking shoes, scarves, hats, and gloves if it’s freezing, and you might need a raincoat since it often rains in November.
Cultural events in New York
In November and December there are several events you don’t want to miss!
2023 New York Comedy Festival
At the beginning of November (Nov 3 – Nov 12), the NY Comedy Festival takes place in several venues in the city.
It’s the festival you need to forget that winter and its cold weather are coming. Typically from New York, you will see the biggest names in stand-up comedies at different venues during this event.
The New York City Marathon
The first Sunday in November, the NYC Marathon takes place. Created in 1970, the New York Marathon welcomes athletes from around the world who have registered at one of the most famous and recognized races in the world.
This year, the New York Marathon falls on November 5, 2023. More than 35 000 registered participants in the last edition to cover the 5 boroughs or 26 miles (42, 195 km).
New York 2023 Veteran’s Day Parade
On November 11th 2023, the Veteran’s Day Parade takes place along the 5th Avenue. Each year, close to 20.000 people attend the parade located between 26rd Street and 52th Street. You’ll see veterans, political figures, diverse veterans organizations, and more.
This event has been around since 1929. More than 20, 000 people join the Veteran’s Day Parade in New York each year.
The memorial service starts with a ceremony at 10 pm at the eternal flame in Madison Square Park then the parade kicks in at 11 am.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November, 23rd 2023
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is an annual parade sponsored by the department store Macy’s. The parade lasts about 3 hours and takes place in New York on Thanksgiving Day, which always falls on the 4th Thursday in November. You’ll see many trucks passing by in the streets of New York with notably famous balloon figures.
The parade starts at 9 am. More than 3 million people attend the event, so I recommend arriving as early as possible at one of the points along its route if you want to see it. The route departs from Central Park West (corner of 77th Street), then heads down Central Park South to 6th Avenue to end at Macy’s Herald Square (34th Street). Therefore, Columbus Circle is one of the places I recommend to see Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
Are you planning to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in New York?
I wrote several posts giving you travel tips to spend the holiday season in New York City with information on th followinge:
– Christmas markets in New York
– department stores’ Christmas decoration
– ice skating rinks in NYC
Sports in November and December
Choose from NBA basketball, NHL Ice Hockey, NFL American Football, or MLS Soccer:
Concerts and shows in New York in November and December 2023
New York is well-known for its shows on Broadway and concert in its typical venues, like the Radio City Music Hall, the Madison Square Garden, and the Barclays Center to only name a few.