Things to Do This November on the UWS

October 24 2018 | The Upper West Side

November is the busiest time of year in New York City as preparations for the holidays commence. Enjoy these five November events on the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or cab ride away from Hotel Beacon.

NYC Marathon

The New York City Marathon marks the beginning of every November, and this year it falls on Nov. 4. The finish line is just blocks from Hotel Beacon, so make your way to the best stretch of the course – and certainly the busiest. Catch the excitement and join the crowds in cheering on participants’ finish. If the throngs of spectators are too much, it’s just a short walk back to your comfortable hotel room.

Evening of comedy at Beacon Theatre

The New York Comedy Festival is back for its 15th year! The Beacon Theatre will be one of seven venues hosting stand-up sets for the weeklong event, which runs Nov. 5-11. Stand-up headliners at The Beacon are Marc Maron, Conan O’Brien, Tracy Morgan, Jo Koy and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. With these kind of headliners and the hotel’s proximity, there’s no reason not to attend. Order tickets ahead of time.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s the biggest event of the year – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City! And if you’re staying at Hotel Beacon, there’s absolutely no way to avoid it. The parade starts two blocks away at Central Park W. and 77th Street, heading south toward Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan. Brave the crowds – they’re comparatively mild on the Upper West Side – and enjoy the parade’s 91st year.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Boulud Sud

Away from home for the holiday? Leave the cooking to someone else. Every year, Mediterranean restaurant Boulud Sud offers a three-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving with both traditional fare and the restaurant’s popular dishes. Make a reservation in advance and you don’t have to worry about when to put the turkey in the oven. Open 11 am to 8:45 pm on Thanksgiving Day.

The Nutcracker opens at the Lincoln Center

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker has dazzled New York audiences for nearly 70 years. The holiday tradition returns to the Lincoln Center this year at the David H. Koch Theater. The show starts its run the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 23. Tickets typically sell out, so buy in advance! There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than The Nutcracker, great for all ages.


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