Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – Let the Thanksgiving festivities begin! Every year on Thanksgiving Eve in New York City, the public gathers to watch a special event with their kids, where the giant helium balloon characters take shape and come to life, between 3:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. The entrance to the balloon inflation is located near the #HotelBelleclaire, on Columbus Avenue near West 79th Street. Balloons will surround the Museum of Natural History and fill the area from West 77th to 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. For the balloon inflation reference map, please click on the following link: http://www.marching.com/news/2013/2013-macys-parade-balloon-inflation-map/2013-macys-balloon-map.jpg
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Following the Thanksgiving Eve balloon inflation, join the immense crowd and bundle up for the 87th Annual #Macy’s #Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Giant inflated balloons, top marching bands, and performing artists on breathtaking floats are just part of the crowd-pleasing extravaganza at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. where more than 50 million home viewers and 3.5 million people line the streets to watch all the excitement starting at West 77th Street and Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South. From there, the parade travels on to Sixth Avenue — there are great spots between 59th and 38th streets, however, due to national broadcast needs, avoid 34th to 38th streets since it will be restricted. The parade wraps up in Herald Square at noon. For more details on the parade route, please click on the following link: http://www.marching.com/news/2013/2013-macys-parade lineup/2013_macys_parade_route_map.jpg
New characters such as Christmas Spongebob Squarepants, Finn and Jake from “Adventure Time”, Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon” – and new whimsical float additions from Cirque du Soleil, “Despicable Me”, Lindt Chocolate, Royal Caribbean, and SeaWorld – will be joining the holiday tradition this year. A few artists to grace us with their voices on the floats will include Carrie Underwood, Gavin Degraw, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Kristen Chenoweth, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Lastly, a holiday treat for all children, the biggest star of all, Santa Claus, joins the parade with his sleigh by wishing everyone “Happy Holidays” and a “Merry Christmas”.
Still looking to book a room? You can catch all of the festivity goodness by staying at the #HotelBelleclaire, just a short seven minute walk to the Macy’s inflation balloon area on Thanksgiving Eve and the start of the parade on Thanksgiving Day.
After this eventful morning, another grand festivity awaits – the big turkey dinner begins…alas, we feast! Whether it’s sharing a delicious meal at home or dining out, it is always a cherished moment amongst our loved ones. If you’re staying with us during Thanksgiving, here are some great local restaurants providing pre-fixe menu settings: the Ocean Grill, Atlantic Grill (near Lincoln Center), Ouest, Luce Restaurant and Enoteca, Pappardella, Sarabeth’s, and Bistro Ten 18…can anyone say “Gobble Gobble?” Happy Thanksgiving!
Big Deals, Big Steals: Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Rise and shine early birds! Ah, the morning after Thanksgiving. One would think most would relax after stuffing their faces, yet it’s quite the opposite. Some don’t even go to bed and line up around midnight to try and snag the most sale items. Remember to come prepared and fully rested for one of the biggest shopping days of the year – Black Friday!
Some doorbuster deals on the Upper West Side include Loehmann’s, Victoria’s Secret, Gamestop, and Sephora. Even Apple is having Black Friday deals and is revealing the sale on Thanksgiving Day; you might want to keep an eye out for that snag!
Could the sale possibly continue? Yes, the Monday following Thanksgiving is known as Cyber Monday when many people purchase exceptional bargains online. Psst, here’s an insider secret: one of the online deals that will be live on December 2nd will kick off with saving 30%-50% on stays at any of Triumph Hotels’ six New York City hotels; so stay tuned! For more information, click on the following link: www.triumphhotels.com/cybermonday. Happy shopping!