Celebrate Fall in NYC
From Foliage to Food Festivals and More
When the leaves in Central Park change and nearly everywhere you look there's something pumpkin flavored, fall in NYC has officially arrived. Stay at The Gotham Hotel and enjoy easy access to some of the most iconic activities to enjoy in autumn in New York. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to fall food festivals and more, the season brings a world of fun for the whole family. Browse some of our favorite things to do in New York City this fall below.
Fall Foliage - Head to Central Park to see the leaves change colors in one of the most beautiful natural spectacles possible. Take in the vibrant hues of the trees -- including hawthorn trees, oak, red maple and elm --while breathing in the fresh, crisp air. Also be sure to visit the New York Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre thicket that boasts sweet gums, whose star-shaped leaves turn red and purple as autumn progresses, and tulip trees and hickories that display brilliant golden yellows.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - This beloved annual tradition is the city's official holiday season kick-off. The procession features enormous balloons and larger-than-life characters, marching bands, floats, celebrity appearances, musical performances from Broadway shows and much more. The world-renowned celebration spans six miles of Manhattan and attracts millions of spectators with millions more watching the live broadcast at home.
Festivals - The creators of the highly-acclaimed Bacon and Beer Classic bring the Whiskey Feast to Brooklyn this year on November 19. The tasting festival features whiskies, cocktails and local seasonal fare at the Brooklyn Expo Center. On December 19, the 8th Annual Latke Festival is a holiday tasting event featuring the best latkes and creative interpretations of a potato pancake in New York City. If you'd rather laugh than eat, head over to the New York Comedy Festival November 1-6, where you can see guests like Trevor Noah and Tracy Morgan.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Since 1933, the awe-inspiring tap dancers, flying Santa and of course the iconic Rockettes have put on one of the city’s most classic Christmas events. See what requires 60,000 pounds of props in this can't-miss holiday event, running November 11-January 2.
Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony - From November 30 to January 7, The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree shines bright as a symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 30, with live performances from 7–9pm at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Join thousands for the live event or millions watching it live across the globe.