New Yorkers gear up for big holiday events

The five boroughs are a bustle with Thanksgiving,

The five boroughs are a bustle with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas approaching.

NEW YORK - It’s a busy time of year around the five boroughs as New Yorkers gear up for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

However, Santa Claus will be missing from one annual event. America-Greater New York, the group that puts on the city’s Sidewalk Santa Parade, says that fundraiser is being retired.

The parade traditionally involved Santas hitting the streets to get donations on the day after Thanksgiving, but volunteers say the organization is now moving toward online and private donations to raise money for its food voucher program.

The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is still a go. It'll kick off at 9 a.m. Thursday in Manhattan and last for up to three hours. The lineup includes floats, marching bands from around the country and a number of big-name celebrities.

Looking past the holidays, football fans are counting down to a New York Super Bowl in February. Officials announced that tailgating will be allowed in the parking lot at MetLife Stadium, but in moderation. Barbecuing will not be allowed in the parking areas at the Meadowlands Sports Complex on game day.

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