November is off to a stellar start and still abuzz from the TCS New York City Marathon, where Shalane Flanagan became the first U.S. woman to win the race since 1977! Over 50,000 runners from across the globe completed the course, and it is with post-race-buzzy-excitement that we celebrate all that the NYC area has to offer you to do this month.

November marks the official opening of Winter Village in Bryant Park with over 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink (free unless you rent ice skates for $20/pair) this is a fun, seasonal spot to hit before catching a show on Broadway. And speaking of Broadway, actress Uma Thurman makes her Great White Way debut on Tuesday 11/7 in “The Parisian Woman” at the Hudson Theatre. This highly anticipated world premiere about a Washington D.C. socialite is written by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) and directed by Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”).

If searching for something a little more eclectic, try AirBNB’s new music series with Subway Sets, which features NYC subway musicians performing at different locales, including Tuesday 11/7 night’s speakeasy on the LES.

Meanwhile in sports, the Knicks are on a hot streak and have eight more home games at Madison Square Garden starting Tuesday 11/7 against the Charlotte Hornets. A little later in the week on Thursday 11/9, the family friendly Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream lands at Barclays Center in Brooklyn through the 12th. This may be kid friendly but is open to all.

When it comes to holiday time razzle dazzle, no one brings it like the Radio City Rockettes! This year’s Christmas Spectacular opens Friday 11/10 and promises new technology plus old familiar favorites like the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

The weekend also brings some under-the-radar events that are well worth seeking out, beginning with The Salon’s November Pop Up: Generations at the Chipped Cup cafe in Harlem on Friday, 11/10. Beginning at 7:30pm will be a discussion of art and its impact on society with special guest, award-winning playwright/performer, Gloria Rosen. The consciousness raising weekend continues at the Practice for Peace workshop on Saturday 11/11. Hosted by Laughing Lotus, you’ll learn tools and yogic philosophy for navigating life on life’s terms, with all proceeds going to RAINN: the largest anti-sexual violence non-profit organization in the U.S.  

Another option for Saturday 11/11 is the Big Onion Walking Tour – Brooklyn Distilled for all things distillery and whiskey related in the Vinegar Hill area of BK.  It is one time only this month and reservations are suggested.

On Sunday, 11/12, jam band Dead and Company takes the stage at MSG for one of two shows in November (the other is on 11/14). With Grateful Dead members and John Mayer the shows are trippy and the perfect escape.

Moving into mid-month, events serving as a harbinger of holiday parties to come. (Sequins in the distance, it is all happening.) Start by joining the Whitney Contemporaries on Tuesday 11/14 at the 2017 Art Party, which includes music by The Misshapes, cocktails, and access to fall exhibitions. Art Party proceeds benefit the Independent Study Program and other education initiatives of the Whitney, and tickets start at $250.

Mid-month, Ms. Rhythm Nation herself Janet Jackson’s State of the World Tour hits Barclays on November 11/15 and is a MUST SEE (if her Instagram account is any indicator) for lifelong fans like yours truly. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and you’ll hear all the hits that made Janet a legend, and trailblazing #nastywoman.

If you work in entertainment (or want to) consider the SilverScreen Film & Television Networking Event on Thursday night 11/16 at The World Bar (845 United Nations Plaza). RSVP’s are required. Or, find yourself in the audience taking in the best comedic performers solo you may not have heard of at THE PIT’s SoloCOM.  

Another must is an LA stage import from writer/director Joanne Mosconi-Piano, “You Love That I’m NOT Your Wife” every Friday and Saturday at 7pm from 11/3-11/18 at the Steve & Marie Sgouros Theater. You’ll want to precede or follow it up with dinner at her father Pietro’s legendary Italian restaurant Monte’s.

All this spectating and the impending Thanksgiving Day feast means it’s time to get a jump on torching calories, and there are plenty of ways to do that over the weekend! On Sunday, 11/19, check out The Race to Deliver in Central Park (8:30am for adult race; 10am for kids’ races) a four-mile adults’ run/walk in Central Park with children’s races as well. Sign up is required and all proceeds raised benefit one of NYC’s most notable charities, God’s Love We Deliver.

Also on the 19th, ride to all the beats at Brooklyn Athletic Club’s HIIT Hop Cycle. This is open to all – simply reserve your bike!

Thanksgiving arrives on Thursday, 11/23 that means The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which starts at 9AM and will follow a 2.5 mile course beginning in midtown and ending on the UWS. Who’s performing? Newcomers Bebe Rexha and Andra Day, throwbacks like 98 Degrees and the Goo Goo Dolls, and a whole lot more. If you’re like me and will be watching from the couch, I offer you a pancake recipe.

The weekend promises plenty of football and sporting events to watch, including the men’s ice hockey teams of Cornell Big Red vs Boston University Terriers battling it out at MSG on Saturday 11/25 plus the Carolina Panthers vs the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS Sunday 11/26 at MetLife Stadium.

Speaking of Js, Jay Z’s 4:44 tour hits Barclays 11/26 and 11/27 in support of his 13th studio album of the same name.

And in a blink of an eye, it is (nearly) the most wonderful time of the year. But first, let’s light our tree! On Wednesday, November 11/29, head to Rockefeller Plaza (between W 48th and W 51st St and 5th/6th Avenue) for the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony from 7pm-10pm. It is free and open to all.