Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Much of the nation tunes in to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it winds downtown to Herald Square, where it stops in front of Macy’s. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and includes famous balloons, as well as showstopping performances from the likes of Tony Bennett and Daya. This year, a new balloon will debut: Bouncing Dog, who stands 40 feet high, 36 feet long and 15 feet wide. Visit social.macys.com/parade/2016/ for information, including the best places to view the parade.
The Nutcracker. Tickets start around $44.95. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” is a holiday tradition in Manhattan. All ages will be charmed by Marie’s fantastic journey set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Every year, all 90 dancers from the New York City ballet participate in the show, along with 100 students from the School of American Ballet. The staging is also magical, especially the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet on stage. The Nutcracker is one of the most popular ballets ever performed and is a true delight for fans of all ages. Performances begins on Nov. 25 and run through Christmas Eve.
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar. Admission is free. This unique event returns for the fourth year, featuring handmade goods, food, drinks, music and craft activities. The bazaar takes place on Nov. 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 501 Union St. in Brooklyn. Over 40 craft vendors will be in attendance. Visit brooklynholidaybazaar.com to see the full list of attending artisans as well as the eateries that will be on site.
Messiah…Refreshed! Tickets range from $10 to $100. On Nov. 27, ring in the holidays at Carnegie Hall with a performance of Handel’s Messiah. The performance starts at 2 p.m. at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan Griffith will be the principal conductor. This is the sixth annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, featuring an international choir that includes singers from five different continents. Visit carnegiehall.org to purchase tickets.