Fun Things to Do in NYC During the Holidays

Fun Things to Do in NYC During the Holidays
New York City provides an action-packed venue during any holiday. For some, action means special museum exhibits, department store windows and theater events. Outdoor enthusiasts have a different interpretation of the word. Fortunately, because of its abundance of parks and open spaces, New York City offers a variety of holiday themed-races.

Central Park New Years Eve Midnight Race

The Emerald Nuts Central Park Midnight Run offers a memorable New Year's Eve experience. The event begins with dancing and music at 10:00 p.m. There's a costume parade at 11:00 p.m., which is followed by fireworks and a four-mile fun run at midnight. The party takes place at the Central Park Bandshell, which is located just south of 72nd Street. The nearest park entrance is at 72 Street and 5th Avenue. The race course and starting point differs each year.

New York Road Runners
9 East 89th Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-2236

Prospect Park Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Race

On Thanksgiving Day, runners can burn off the turkey before eating it by participating in the five-mile Prospect Park Turkey Trot. While the race was once sponsored by the New York Road Runners Club, it is now under the auspices of the Prospect Park Track Club, which is a much smaller organization. As such, it's a smaller race, which only gets a minimal amount of publicity. The race begins and ends at the Oriental Pavilion; it's located near Prospect Park's Lincoln Road entrance. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. If you still have any energy left over, consider taking the ten-mile hike from Prospect Park across the Brooklyn Bridge to Lower Manhattan.

Prospect Park Track Club
P.O. Box 150658 Van Brunt Station
Brooklyn, NY 11215-0658
(718) 595 - 2049

Halloween Amazing New York Race

The Halloween Amazing New York Race is not a running event. However, the four-hour event takes you all around New York City. Meanwhile, your team will follow a series of clues to help locate scavengers throughout the city. You will need to bring a digital camera and purchase an unlimited Metro Pass. The event begins at 1:30 p.m at Jekyll and Hide, which describes itself as a "haunted New York City Restaurant."

Jekyll and Hyde
91 7th Avenue South
New York, New York, NY 10014
(718) 344-8962

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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