Bucket List Worthy
This year’s Canadian Thanksgiving celebration is already in the past, but there’s still plenty of time to prepare for an over-the-top American Thanksgiving experience. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the largest parade in the world, and it shuts down a number of the most famous streets in Midtown Manhattan.
The grandiose parade kicks off at 9 a.m., on the Upper West Side and moves down Sixth Avenue, passing an array of venues offering optimal street side viewing. But for an even more unique Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade experience, opt for a stay at The Quin, where select rooms offer sight lines of the parade, and other hotel guests enjoy the exclusive viewing spot at street level. An added bonus — you can stay cozy with the hotel’s locally-roasted coffees and teas just a few steps away.
The holiday season is simply more magical in New York City, and no Christmas tree lighting in the world compares to the one at Rockefeller Center. This year’s towering Norway Spruce will be covered in roughly 50,000 LED holiday lights, and the star-studded ceremony will take place at 8:55 p.m., on Nov. 29. Plan your visit to extend from Thanksgiving through the following week, and you’ll experience two legendary NYC holiday events in a single visit.
A number of bucket-list experiences can be had in New York City, and one that often tops travelers’ lists is ringing in a new year while watching the Times Square Ball drop. However, New Yorkers know that Times Square can be more overwhelming than fun during this iconic event that draws an estimated 2 million people every year.
Beat the crowds by experiencing the ball drop celebration from the St. Cloud Rooftop at The Knickerbocker. Sitting 150 feet below the Times Square Ball, this hotel offers the closest live view of the event in the world. Even better, the hotel’s luxury New Year’s Eve packages include a party at the rooftop bar with all of the glitz and glamour you’d expect of a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Empire City.