10 festive things to do in NYC on Thanksgiving weekend

After sleeping off your food coma, here are some of the best events happening in New York City on this long Thanksgiving weekend.

SHOPPING

 

La Femme Young & Able Pop-Up

 

Whether you’re shopping for others or treating yourself, do it by supporting female entrepreneurs at La Femme Young & Able Pop-Up. The market offers unique items created, curated and sold by over 100 female leaders through more than 20 small businesses like New York Makers, Eat Chic Chocolates and WOOLN. There are also events, like a weaving party, and workshops ranging from perfume-making to bonsai care. Through Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Refinery Hotel, 63 W. 38th St., free, shopyoungandable.com

 

FOOD

 

Znackers World Snack Tour

The world is full of unexpectedly delicious food, and you can sample some of its most unique snacks at Znackers, which hits the Financial District this Friday. With sweet and savory options ranging from candy bars to noodle cups and a mix of both classics and cult favorites, treats come from countries like Italy, Korea, Puerto Rico, China, Mexico and more. Your ticket gets you up to 10 snacks to explore and enjoy in 60 minutes. Nov. 24, 6-7 p.m., 48 Wall Street, $23, znackers.com

CHRISTMAS

Macy’s Santa Land at Herald Square

We all love a great child-crying-on-Santa’s-lap pic, but it’s not as much fun for the parents trying to wrangle those screaming, kicking kids. Great news, though: Macy’s Santa Land has a new online system for reserving your place in line so that you can just show up with your angelic offspring and swoop in for your photo without an epic meltdown. It’s free to explore the 13,000-square-foot fantasyland, and tots get a souvenir to take home (yes, even if they cry). Nov. 24-Dec. 24, Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., Free, macys.com

GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS

Holiday Train Show: Bar Car Nights

Enjoy a special after-dark look at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show during Bar Car Nights, when the adults make a pact to leave the kids at home and enjoy signature cocktails while taking in the exhibit, warming up by the new Visitor Center Fire Pit, watching live piano shows at the Pine Tree Cafe or enjoying performances from the Snow Globe Dancers. LGBT night is on Dec. 8 and the young patrons gather on Jan. 6. Nov. 24-Jan. 13, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Brooklyn, $35, nybg.org

MOVIES

Get Out at Nitehawk Cinema

Jordan Peele’s genre-changing horror-thriller Get Out is meant to be seen in theaters, which is where it returns this weekend at Nitehawk Cinema. A black man agrees to spend a weekend in upstate New York meeting his white girlfriend’s parents — something many of us will be doing this holiday weekend — except the invitation turns out to be of a more permanent kind. Commentary on racism has never been so astute. Nov. 24, midnight, Nitehawk Williamsburg, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, $12, nitehawkcinema.com

DANCE

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

A seasonal tradition, George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” has helped define the holidays since its debut in 1954. The New York City Ballet brings the beloved choreography to life with a cast of 90 exquisite dancers, with Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score played by a live 62-piece orchestra from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Whether it’s the first time or the 50th, the ballet’s grandeur never fails to impress. Nov. 24-Dec. 31, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, $40-$300, nycballet.com

MUSIC

The Complete Pink Floyd Experience: Beyond the Wall

For the past decade, Beyond the Wall has been chasing the rainbow, so to speak, in pursuing its goal to be the most authentic Pink Floyd cover band around. The five musicians play everything from the mainstream hits to the more obscure tributes — or simply straight through albums to satisfy purists. Swing by their show at the Highline Ballroom this Friday for a trippy good time. Nov. 25, 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., $20-$35, highlineballroom.com

SPORTS

Harlem Globetrotters

In the age of CGI, seeing humans do near-superhuman feats remains a treat. The Harlem Globetrotters don’t so much play basketball (though they’ve been known to have match-ups) as they turn the sport into an intricate dance on the court, including unbelievable swooping, shooting, passing and ball-handling tricks. Part of their national tour, an all-star cast will be at Madison Square Garden for two shows this weekend, with autograph, photograph and high-five opportunities. Nov. 24 (Noon) & Nov. 25 (1 p.m.), Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza, $21-$111, harlemglobetrotters.com

SCIENCE

Sue’s Tech Kitchen

Engage with some of the hottest tech out today with hands-on activities and tasty treats. Sue’s Tech Kitchen, the brainchild of preschool entertainment mogul Randi Zuckerberg, is a family-friendly exhibit that aims to get all ages excited about STEM fields by showing fun and practical applications, from 3D printing to a virtual reality arcade. There’s a high-tech food court and cocktail soirees on Fridays. Nov. 25-Jan. 2, The Bridge at Cornell Tech, 11 E. Loop Road, Roosevelt Island, $5-$45, suestechkitchen.com

SHOPPING

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

Your friends might seem a little too cool for you sometimes, but you’ll find gifts that will impress even the most artsy and eclectic of your crew at the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar. Spanning two buildings in Gowanus, the market brings together over 60 vendors selling items ranging from handmade jewelry and candles to knitwear and maps. There’s also snacks, crafts, a photobooth and a DJ — so you can make a full afternoon of it. Nov. 25-26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 501 Union St. & The Green Building, Brooklyn, free, brooklynholidaybazaar.com

WINTER

Winter on a Flatbush Farm

How did people survive winter before indoor heating and Uggs? No, seriously: How did they? You can find out with an interactive, educational day at the Lefferts Historic House. Travel back in time to the 1800s and learn about skills like churning butter, candle-making and spinning wool. You’ll also get to sample Dutch treats that got our ancestors through those long, cold, dark winter days — and stick around for a visit from St. Nick. Nov. 26, 1-3 p.m., Lefferts Historic House, 252 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, Free with RSVP, prospectpark.org

 
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