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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 20, 2016?

Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 38 free events take place on December 20 in New York City.
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Tue, December 20, 2016
38 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 20, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park. Tour takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, New York One-Day Tour
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Harlem is known for its uniquely celebrated culture, its profound history, and its illustrious music scene. When you think of Harlem, the arts are on the forefront of your mind. By taking this tour, you will explore the art of song, dance, literature, architecture and even have a chance to appreciate the culinary arts. This Harlem Gospel Tour is one part neighborhood walking tour, one part theater performance and one part delicious culinary experience. Tour takes place Tuesdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Harlem Renaissance and Gospel Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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City Walks, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
Expand your knowledge of sorting, filtering, and conditional formatting in MS Excel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, MS Excel: Sort, Filter, and Conditional Formatting
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Learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, formatting  and print previewing worksheets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, MS Excel 2010 for Beginners Workshop
Film |
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper.The story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. 124 min.
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11:30 am
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Films, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, David O. Russell's Joy (2015): Oscar Nom for Jennifer Lawrence
Concert |
Home of the celebrated Bach Vespers series, the 112-year-old church offers a historically appropriate venue for the performance of early music in this hour-long lunchtime concert.Early music term usually relates to Medieval music (500–1400) and Renaissance music (1400–1600), but can also include Baroque music (1600–1760). According to the UK's National Centre for Early Music, the term "early music" refers to both a repertory (European music written between 1250 and 1750 embracing Medieval, Renaissance and the Baroque) – and a historically informed approach to the performance of that music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Early Music in a perfect surrounding
Workshop |
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. The event is offered daily, except Sundays.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Learn Juggling in the Park
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Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. The Toastmasters present a continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided and there is no need to joing the Toastmasters to attend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:15 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Public Speaking Workshop
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Bach at Noon
Concert |
Voices of Gotham is a not-for-profit men's chorus whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve the rich American tradition of barbershop harmony. Formed in 2008, VoG is proud to be the Hell's Kitchen, New York Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Holiday Sounds: Voices of Gotham
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Concert |
Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Great Organ: Midday Monday
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Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Lunchtime Meditation
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Need help getting started with eBooks? Bring your laptop, eReader, tablet or smart phone to eBook Help Hour. Get assistance loading electronic library books on your Kindle, create your free Adobe ID, learn about 3M Cloud Library, and so much more. Make sure you bring your library card and any necessary access passwords for your devices so they can help you as quickly as possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
Tour |
Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Midtown Manhattan Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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On this tour you not only learn about some of the most significant acts of heroism and the people who sacrificed their lives to save others, but we also discover the history of the World Trade Center (WTC), starting with the strategies in the 1950s that were put in place to build it, how it was designed, constructed, how it came down, and the new buildings that are redefining the center today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Tour
City Walk |
Join a three-hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. They'll begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. Once a pastoral green oasis, and later a home for Irish and Italian immigrants, Greenwich Village has been at the forefront of some of the most important political, social, and artistic movements of the 20th Century. Filled with 19th century townhouses, and now one of the most desirable and high priced neighborhoods in America, the Village tells a multi-generational New York story. From secluded wealthy enclave to emerging Bohemian and Beat communities, from Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan to the Stonewall Inn.Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Workshop |
Discover free computer tutorials on the web. Search NYPL’s Catalog for books, DVDs and eBooks to help you learn computer programs and concepts on your own. Find resources on Word, Excel, Office 2010 and 2013, the Internet, typing and other topics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
Free
Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Teach Yourself: Computer Self-Study
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Learn to use Photoshop’s powerful brush tools to create painting effects and digital art that range from the subtle to the chaotic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Intermediate Photoshop: Brushes and Digital Painting
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An  afternoon  of  casual  gaming.  Chess,  checkers,  dominoes  and  all  manner  of  board  and  strategy games  welcome.  Basic  chess instruction  can  be  provided  depending  on demand.  If  you  have a  favorite  board  game,  please  bring  it  in.   Mature children  and  young  adults  welcome.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Library Chess and Games Club
Film |
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban.The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. 122 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Films, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond (2016): Space Adventure Sequel
Workshop |
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. The event is offered daily, except Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Learn Juggling in the Park
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Get acquainted with Apple's powerful spreadsheet application that gives you everything you need to create ledgers, reports, and graphs that help you visualize or present your data. Work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, as well as with colleagues, friends, and family who use Microsoft Excel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Numbers for Mac Workshop
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Saroo Brierley.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Book Club: A Long Way Home
Opening Reception |
With:Igor Bogojevic Marcene Glover Wendy Moss Douglas La Tourette Monique Ford Chris Plaisted Orit Mardkha-Tenzer Gary Koenitzer Masayo Nishimura Libbet Loughnan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Group Show: Exposure 4
Concert |
Jasper Snow, Viiola 6 p.m. Yeri Roh, Violin 8 p.m.  
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Student Recitals
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Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Sahaja Meditation at the Library
Book Reading |
This event celebrates the publication of The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction. The evening will include readings from the anthology from award-winning fantasy writer Leanna Renee Heiber, short story writer Gina Marie Guadagnino, and the radio play “Eliza’s House.” Holiday singing will close the evening’s festivities and guests will be served hot spiced wine and cider, cheese, cookies and other holiday fare, and given an overview of paranormal activity at the mansion. Victorian attire is encouraged, but not required. The anthology features 14 tales set in the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house, which housed General George Washington during the Battle of Harlem Heights, and was subsequently the home of the infamous Aaron Burr and his wife, Eliza Jumel, who reputedly still haunts the grounds. The tales are ghost stories, science fiction, mystery, romance, erotica, time travel, visions of the afterlife, and paranormal fantasy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Paranormal Victorian Holiday Event
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Learn about the online social network Twitter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Twitter Basics Workshop
Film |
Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack.Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hardworking best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister. 99 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Films, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Douglas Sirk's Oscar Winner Written on the Wind (1956): Crossed Loves
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Concert |
Performance is a central component of every student's education at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the Ensemble Showcases are where faculty-led student groups showcase their talent and creativity.The Gospel Choir Ensemble will perform a variety of gospel music styles, ranging from traditional to urban contemporary. The focus of the technique revolves around phrasing, stamina, and three-part singing to achieve the authentic gospel sound.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Student Gospel Choir Ensemble
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This introductory meditation class was featured as a New York Magazine top pick. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Introduction to Meditation
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Learn all about downloading music, videos, images and more, including streaming and sharing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Digital Media Basics
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Play | Broadway performer in a moving play

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Classical Music | Symphony orchestra performs Mozart and more

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Classical Music | Choral works by Fauré, J.S. Bach and more

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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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