curated by Sara Maher

We got through Halloween, which means it’s time for… Christmas? Not so fast, folks! There is plenty to do between now and Chrismahannukwanzaakah, and none of it involves lining up for a midnight sale (but if you decide to stay up all night waiting for one of the following events, we certainly won’t judge you.)

Balloons Before Basting

For over 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been watched by families across the country. You can be one of the 3.5 million people to see the spectacle live by camping out along the parade route. This year’s balloons include favorites like Hello Kitty, Pikachu, Spongebob Squarepants, and Ronald McDonald, and there will be performances by Jordin Sparks, Train, Mariah Carey, and the cast of the Broadway musical School of Rock. The wicked winter weather has held off so far, but if chilling out on Sixth Avenue still isn’t your idea of family fun, the parade will be broadcast live on NBC.

F downtown to 57th St, 47-50th Sts/Rockefeller Center, 42nd St/Bryant Park, or 34th St/Herald Square and find a spot along Sixth Ave. Thu Nov 26; parade starts at 9:30am at 77th St/Central Park West and ends at Macy’s at 34th St/Broadway. Free.

As Country As We Get

Garrison Keillor and Tim Russell present A Prairie Home Companion Live every Saturday from November 28-December 12. Check in on the escapades of Dusty and Lefty and hear the latest News from Lake Woebegone while enjoying the various musical guests– pianist Jeremy Denk, GQ, Heather Masse, and The DiGiallonardo Sisters– playing live.

F downtown to 42nd St/Bryant Park and walk northwest to The Town Hall (123 W 43rd St). Sat Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12 at 5:45pm. Tickets $54-64.

Every Night is Saturday Night

“Liiiiiiiiiiive from New York!” Whether you’re a casual fan and only have a favorite sketch or two or make sure you’re in front of the TV every Saturday at 11:30pm, Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition is sure to make you smile. “Become immersed in the fast-paced creative processes” that have driven the show over the past 40 years. Learn how the show comes together in just six days, then interact with original sets, props and costumes, including the Wayne’s World couch and the Weekend Update desk.

F downtown to 42nd-Bryant Park and walk southeast to 417 5th Ave. Ongoing; Mon-Thu 11-7, Fri 11-9, Sat 10-9, Sun 10-7. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. $29 adults, $24 seniors, $20 ages 5-11.

Chilling with Chewie

The last Star Wars film was a long, long time ago, but you can experience a part of the iconic films without traveling to a galaxy far, far away. Fire up your blasters at the Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibition at Discovery Times Square, presented by Smithsonian, Lucasfilm, and the Lucas Museum. The exhibit features over 70 handcrafted costumes from the first six films, from the mask of Darth Vader and the suit of C-3PO to the gowns of Queen Amidala. Visitors to the showing at Discovery Times Square also get a special presentation of seven costumes from the long-awaited Episode VII: The Force Awakens (which, if you haven’t heard, premieres December 18).

F downtown to 42nd St/Bryant Park and walk northwest to Discovery Times Square (226 W 44th St). Through Feb 29. Sun-Tue 10am-7pm, Wed-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm with final admission 45 min prior to closing. Adults $27.50, seniors $24, ages 3-11 $20.

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