Not-to-Miss November Events in 2017

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, November has a few tricks up its travel sleeve. Here are a few highlights this month!

Festival of Light
November, 2017 – January, 2018
Chickasha, Oklahoma

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The Festival of Light, recognized as one of the top ten holiday light shows in the nation, features over 3.5 million twinkling lights! Shannon Springs Park is home to more than a hundred dazzling light scenes, animated displays, and even a computer-animated light show synchronized to holiday songs. The centerpiece of the Chickasha Festival of Light is the iconic Christmas tree that can be seen for miles around. There’s no more romantic way to experience the light show than from a horse-drawn carriage in the park.

When to Buy: Again, this might not be on your bucket list, but if you happen to be in Oklahoma City for the holidays, it’s a no brainer. Chickasha is only 40 minutes from the airport, and you’ll find fair airline pricing from one to 3 months out from your travel dates.

Dia de Los Muertos
November 2, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

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We recommend experiencing Dia de Los Muertos in a city with a vibrant Mexican community. So Los Angeles is one ideal option. With celebrations from the traditional (Olvera Street) to the theatrical (Hollywood Forever Cemetery), there’s a little something for everyone. Though the skeleton face painting and costumes suggest Halloween to a lot of Americans, the tradition is actually to honor ancestors and the collective past. Come to the City of Angels and join the celebration!

When to Buy: One great reason to travel to Los Angeles right now – relatively warm weather compared to much of the country, and good airfare from most gateways. LAX is still the most trafficked, but consider Burbank, Long Beach or even Orange County as entry points. Long Beach is a particularly easy airport to get in and out of, compared to LAX.

New York City Marathon
November 5, 2017
New York, NY

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If you’re a runner, there may be no more exciting run to plan than the one that runs straight through downtown Manhattan. It’s just an iconic race with an iconic route and you should check out this race, whether you’re a spectator or a participant. It’s that much fun to be in the city on race day.

When to Buy: Early November can be a great time to visit the city. The tourists are gone and the leaves in central Park are beautiful. Reasonable airfare from the west coast is available this time of year. Look for flights in the $300 range if you’re traveling form the west coast and plan to buy before you’re inside of two weeks from your travel dates.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 23, 2017
New York, NY

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One more classic New York event to wrap up November is the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (starting at 9am on Turkey Day morning). The parade kicks off at the corner of 77th Street and Central Park West and finishes up at the flagship Macy’s store on Herald Square (and 34th Street). Close to 4 million people line the streets to take in the parade in person every year – so if you’ve a hankering to visit New York, it’s a festive time to make the trip. Come for the spectacle of the floats, marching bands and character balloons, but stay to experience the festivities like a real New Yorker.

When to Buy: Flights to New York for Thanksgiving are still reasonable, but book soon! Fares will continue to climb as we get further into the month!

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