BEST OF NYC THIS WEEK

✨ The holidays are here! See some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, with Hanukkah coming right after.

Favorite displays are back  - giant rainbow stars that sparkle to a soundtrack at Columbus Circle, and new animal lanterns join Bronx Zoo's Holiday Lights.

✨Also discover new holiday traditions - see 32 illuminated animal sculptures joining the giant toys on Fifth Avenue (where some holiday windows are already on display) and explore Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

✨ The dazzling Shine On display is back throughout Hudson Yards, which hosts Broadway concerts, sophisticated kicklines and a new interactive Paw Patrol Experience.

🌟 Experience Sesame Street meets Broadway in an interactive, all-ages show with Vashty & Friends starring favorite NYC stage stars (with brunch).

🌟Keep the theater theme going with visits to nearby Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage and Screen and Broadway-themed giant snow globes, then get dramatic desserts at a sparkly pink rooftop ski lodge.

🌟 Other family-friendly shows include Flutter: A Discover Play for Babies especially for ages 6-18 months, Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz at the 92Y, Winnie the Pooh and Owen & Mzee: The Musical.

🌟 Catch local fave Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center and immersive, interactive Empire Circus in DUMBO.

🌟Get festive with holiday shows, including the must-see Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

✨The ice rinks are open at hip Industry City and Brookfield Place.

✨Take iconic spins at  Rock Center's famous ice rink and at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

✨Skate at happening Bryant Park, which also hosts. Saturday storytime and holiday shops.

✨The Union Square Holiday Market is back with more festive shopping experiences coming soon.

🎨If you're not quite ready for the holidays, see our guides to (non-seasonal) must-see exhibits (some closing soon) and free public art.

🎨On the UES, play with collaborative kinetic sand sculptures and met KAWS characters, plus join Met family programs and enjoy free admission at Cooper Hewitt.

🎨In Chelsea, explore friendly ghosts by Oliver Jeffers, gorgeous rose-inspired fashion at FIT, stunning looped-wire sculptures, cool Batman collages and more.

🎨Art and science intersect at just-opened Butterfly Conservatory and closing-soon Nature of Color at the Natural History Museum.

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