This year’s holiday season is sure to be different than any that have come before, but that doesn’t mean New York City will be any less festive. While some beloved Thanksgiving traditions, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation, have been canceled, but many continue with adjustments for social distancing and smaller crowds. You can still watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television, the window displays along Fifth Avenue will still be decorated, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will still stand, we will still eat lots of turkey and sides on Thanksgiving. Plus, there are new traditions to be made. Check out our picks for the best ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year in New York City!

1. Take  Picture Under a Giant Pumpkin Arch

A giant pumpkin arch

Looking for a great fall photo op? Head to Manhattan’s Seaport District along the East River. At the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17 passersby will find a giant arch made out of 500 gourds. Standing under the arch, you will be surrounded by pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

There are tiny yellow pumpkins, large orange ones, and white pumpkins, decorated with intertwining leaves and branches. The arch is situated to give you an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge and at night, it lights up with an orange glow. You can take pictures at the pumpkin arch now until Thanksgiving day.