black friday

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Winter in NYC

It’s the hap- happiest season of all.  The holidays are here, snow has already fallen, lights are being strung up, and smiles can be found on faces across New York City.  Let’s take a quick look at the lineup in NYC for the next month and half:

  • 11/22/12: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • 11/28/12: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
  • 12/8/12: Hanukkah begins
  • 12/25/12: Christmas
  • 12/31/12: Times Square drops the ball on the New Year

In just over a month, NYC is home to 3 of the most watched annual events in the world, sandwiching two of the most exciting holidays of the year.  If every week it seems like something new is going to happen, it’s because every week something new is happening!

So in case you haven’t been following along on the blog, or you’re just looking for something to do while you’re in town, here are a few ideas:

Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year here in New York City.  Make sure that you take advantage of it.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Fly Navy

Free Shuttle to Westfield Garden State Plaza on Black Friday

…And the next few weeks, for that matter.

Black Friday is a week away and the Westfield Garden State Plaza might just be the place to go.  The mall will be open at 7 a.m. next Friday and feature some of the best deals around.  What’s more, there will be giveaways to enter throughout the day for chances to win Broadway tickets, Samsung Galaxy products, AMC Movie tickets, and more!

The best part is, if you’re staying in New York City for the holiday, you can get to Westfield for free!  Come to the Gray Line New York visitor’s center at 777 8th Avenue and we’ll give you a free ticket for the shuttle that runs from Times Square to the Westfield Garden State Plaza.  No purchase necessary.  You can also get a ticket in the CitySights NY visitor’s Center in the lobby of Madame Tussauds, Times Square.

The shuttle runs to and from the mall three times a day.  It departs Times Square at 9:30, 11:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. and it departs the mall at 1:00, 4:00, and 6:00 p.m.

This Black Friday, don’t worry yourself with the insane traffic.  Let us drive you around town!  It will be a circus inside the stores, anyway. (Seriously, Cirque du Soliel will be performing throughout the day in the common areas of the Westfield Garden State Plaza)

The shuttle will run daily (except Sundays) until Christmas Eve.

Black Friday at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Midnight Madness at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is just around the corner!  If you didn’t already know, the Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because of all of the incredible deals promoted by stores.  50% off big screen TVs, $1,000 off a new camera; who knows what is going to be the big thing this year.  The catch is, there is usually a limited supply so you have to get there early.

How early do you need to get to the outlets on Black Friday?  Well, the first stores are opening at 9 p.m. Thursday night and will stay open for the next 25 hours, so you should probably scarf down Thanksgiving dinner and head right over to Port Authority!

How do you get to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets?  Gray Line New York provides shuttle transportation to and from Woodbury Common Premium Outlets from Port Authority.  For Black Friday, Gray Line New York – Woodbury Common Premium Outlets shuttle buses will begin running from 7:45 Thursday evening.   More information.

What stores are located at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets?  There are over 220 different designer and brand name outlets to choose from when you go shopping on Black Friday.  These outlets include Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and many more.

For Black Friday transportation from New York City to Woodbury Commons, visit Gray Line New York.

For more information on Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, visit their official website.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

UPDATE: Balloon inflation begins today at 3 p.m. on the Upper West Side between 77th Street and 81st Street on Central Park West.  All of the balloons will be inflated between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

We are just one day away from the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade here in New York City. The parade will take place on November 22nd (Thanksgiving) at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.  You can watch the live broadcast of the parade on your local NBC affiliate.

Or, if you’re going to be in New York City for Thanksgiving weekend, you can take in the parade in person.  The parade traditionally has an interesting route through the streets, making multiple turns unlike some other NYC parades such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which travels on a straight line up 5th Avenue.  This year’s parade begins at the Museum of Natural History at 77th Street and Central Park West.  It will travel down to Columbus Circle where it will turn onto Central Park South for a couple of blocks.  Once it gets to 6th Avenue, the parade will turn downtown and head for 34th Street.  As is tradition, the parade will turn onto 34th Street and conclude at the entrance of the Macy’s flagship store.  Confused?  Here’s a map:

Parade Route

The Parade will include floats and performances and balloons of all of your favorite characters.  For more information on the parade, visit Macy’s official 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade website.  If you’re not worried about Thanksgiving and want to know more about Black Friday in NYC, stay tuned because we will have all of the latest information on the best bargains and deals, including how to take in the night/morning/day at Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets.

Iamge Credit: Google Maps