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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 31, 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! 20 free events take place on December 31 in New York City.
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Sat, December 31, 2016
20 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 31, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Moderate-to-brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18 years and older of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone, strength and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying the Park's beautiful landscapes. This event takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Workshops, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Health and Race Walking
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park. Tour is Wednesdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
Free
Park Walks, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
Tour |
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
Free
Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
Tour |
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 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments. This tour takes place Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm, and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Harlem Tour
Tour |
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 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, New York One-Day Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all. Tours are Mondays and Fridays at 2pm, and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Greenwich Village Neighborhood 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 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Book Discussion |
Discuss the novel by Elizabeth Strout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Book Discussions, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Book Discussion Group: My Name Is Lucy Barton
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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11:00 am
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Workshops, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Learn Juggling in the Park
Park Walk |
Hundreds of TV shows and movies have been filmed in Central Park. Hike along some of the pathways of lower Central Park to see where some of these iconic films were made.     
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Park Walks, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Central Park in the Movies Tour
Park Walk |
On this east-west walk you will see some of the Park's most well-known landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Route involves a few stairs. 90 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
Park Walks, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Heart of the Park Tour
Tour |
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
Free
Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! This tour takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
Classical Music |
The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. The Organ Meditation takes place every Saturday from Sept. 10, 2016 to May 27, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
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 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Concert |
PROGRAMJoseph Haydn Symphony No. 6 in D major, "Le Matin"Johann Sebastian Bach From the Mass in B Minor:Adolphus Hailstork Motherless ChildWilliam Dawson Balm in GileadMoses Hogan Walk together, ChildrenPaul Moravec and Mark Campbell Light Shall Lift UsTraditional Spiritual This little light of mineFounded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. SOLOIST: Jamet Pittman, soprano
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, New Year's Eve Concert for Peace 2016
Festival |
Kick off the New Year at the Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate with music and dancing (starting at 10:00 p.m.) as 2016 comes to a close. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., the four-mile run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 pm
Free
Festivals, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Midnight New Year Run in Central Park
Classical Music |
Hear the church’s grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, one of New York’s greatest musical treasures. William K. Trafka, Director of Music and Organist, will play festive works for this New Year’s celebration. The program will include organ works of Bach, Böhm, Franck and Willan.Trafka’s own transcription of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man will be played at the stroke of midnight. A free champagne reception will follow the concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, An Organ Concert to Usher in the New Year: Bach, Copland, Franck
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