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Top 5: Thanksgiving Edition

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There are a lot of fun activities going on this time of year. Turkey trots, holiday bazaars, and concerts—oh my!

Around campus for Thanksgiving? Looking to get some holiday shopping done before you’re completely swamped with finals? Behold, five events that’ll satisfy your early holiday cravings, both New York City and Westchester style:

New York City

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wednesday, November 25–Saturday, November 28 | IFC Center
Are horror movies your jam? The IFC Center is playing tribute to the late great Wes Craven from now until Christmas, which includes a special screening of the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street—which, in addition to being one of the pre-eminent films of the horror genre, also just so happens to be Johnny Depp’s feature film debut. Check out the IFC Center schedule for times.

NYC Pilgrim Pedal
Thursday, November 26 | 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | 23rd Street and the East River
Want to get a great workout in before chowing down on turkey and stuffing? The NYC Pilgrim pedal is a family-friendly bike ride through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, during which riders are encouraged to dress up in costume! The Pilgrim Pedal also features a mid-tour stop at a famed Brooklyn diner, in which riders are treated to coffee and pancakes or eggs. For more information and to register, sign up here.

The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 26 | 9:00 a.m. | 77th Street and Central Park West
If you’re going to be in NYC for the holiday, it’s almost silly not to mosey on over to the world’s premier turkey day parade—this year, featuring the likes of Jordin Sparks, Shawn Mendes,  marching bands from around the country, and many more! The parade kicks off at 77th Street and Central Park West at 9:00 a.m., and concludes at Macy’s in Herald Square a few hours later. For more parade information—including times, routes, and floats—visit their website

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 28, and Sunday, November 29 | 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | 501 Union Street
With more than 40 handpicked makers, a DIY workshop corner, and the hottest up and coming food vendors, get a head start to your holiday shopping, Brooklyn-style. The bazaar is sure to have gems abound for that hard-to-please friend.

Winter Village at Bryant Park
Through January 3 | 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. | 42nd Street and 6th Avenue
Even if ice skating in Bryant Park is not your cup of tea, warm yourself up with the shops, pop-up restaurants, and more at Bryant Park’s Winter Village—the holidays in New York City, all in one place!


Turkey Time at Teatown
Sunday, November 22 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
Turkey Time at Teatown is designed for visitors to learn the natural history of turkeys as we near Thanksgiving Day. Participate in this immersive and interactive program, and accumulate a wealth of knowledge that’ll make you the toast of your Thanksgiving dinner table! 

Saw Mill River Audubon Turkey Mountain Hike
Friday, November 27 | 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. | Locke Lane off Route 118, Yorktown Heights
You’ve devoured your Thanksgiving Day turkey. Now walk it off with a hike up Yorkville’s Turkey Mountain, and enjoy scenic late autumn views of the Hudson River Valley. Sturdy footwear is strongly advised! For more information, click here.

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland
Saturday, November 28, and Sunday, November 29 | 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.* | Kenisco Dam Plaza, Valhalla
It’s about that time again. Kick off the holiday season with a spectacular light show, ice skating, rides, food and drink, shopping, and more! Everything you want from the holidays, all just a short ride from Pleasantville.
*closes at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tour
Through November 30 | 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
Still haven’t satisfied that Halloween hankerin’ for horror? Sleepy Hollow Cemetery has got you covered! Take a night-time classic lantern tour—or dare to take the “murder mayhem” rendition—to really dig deep into the legend of Sleepy Hollow. Tours run through the end of November, so check the schedule to see what style tour best works for you! 

Sci-Fi Trivia Night
Tuesday, December 2 | 7:00 p.m. | Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
Before The Force Awakens, be a sci-fi trivia tour-de-force at the Jacob Burns Film Center! Teams of four will enjoy a fun-filled night of trivia, sci-fi-themed prizes, and as par for the Jacob Burns course, popcorn. Register here!