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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 21, 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! 29 free events take place on December 21 in New York City.
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Wed, December 21, 2016
29 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 21, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp in the park. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back--and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 am
Free
Workshops, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Park Boot Camp
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 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, 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 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, 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 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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
Free
City Walks, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
Expand your knowledge of Pivot Tables and Vlookup in MS Excel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, MS Excel: Pivot Tables and Vlookup
Park Walk |
Join an enjoyable walking tour of the park, and discover how they successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. The guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Public Park 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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11:00 am
Free
Park Walks, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Heart of the Park Tour
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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12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Learn Juggling in the Park
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
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12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Bach at Noon
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
Free
Tours, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Federal Reserve Bank 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 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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
2:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
City Walk |
This three hour tour is a great way to explore three of Gotham’s most historic locations. This tour takes you through legendary Lower East Side streets like Essex, Grand, Hester, Orchard, and Delancey. Along the way, we’ll get a feel for what life was like for the millions of immigrants who arrived here throughout the 19th and early part of the 20th Century. We’ll also see how this neighborhood has transformed into one of the hippest and trendiest areas in the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Lower East Side, NoLita and East Village Tour
Jazz |
During the run of the exhibition Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, the Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music that celebrates remembrance and life. The jazz trio plays each Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, The Bill Wurtzel Trio: A Midweek Jazz Break
Workshop |
This workshop will cover the basics of getting started with 3D printing, no technical background and no personal printer required. They will start with a short overview of this exciting new technology and cover beginner 3D printing tools. Using an easy-to-learn online application you will customize your own simple 3D product that can be printed with Shapeways. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, 3D Printing Mini Workshop
Workshop |
This course will cover how important it is to be safe when providing your information on the internet as well as ensuring your computer is safe from those that want to hack it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Protecting Your Privacy and Security
Parade |
Led by members of the percussion section of Brooklyn-based Afrobeat pioneers, Antibalas, participants on this percussion parade will weave through the streets of Greenwich Village, creating a rhythmic fabric of interlocking parts and sounds. Percussionists of every level are invited to bring shekeres, claves, agogo bells, cowbells, and any other handheld percussion that melds with the rhythmic web of the West African musical forms that make up Afrobeat. BYOP! Bring your own percussion!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
Parades, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Off The Afrobeaten Path Parade
Film |
While searching for his roots, a London professor reunites the local inhabitants with the descendants of Brzostek’s Jews through the rebuilding of a cemetery destroyed during WWII. 55 min. Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Simon Target, Professor Jonathan Webber, and Holocaust survivor and former resident of Brzostek Ruth Pagirsky.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Films, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Simon Target's A Town Called Brzostek (2015): Documentary on Rebuilding a Jewish Cemetery
Parade |
Created by composer J.C. King, this parade of the inviting sounds of the kalimba (an evolution of the African mbira) will embark upon a mile long walk of Lower Manhattant. The plucking of this handheld folk instrument is amplified by a rolling speaker, creating a gentle, reverberating soundscape as the sounds play off of buildings and other city structures. This will be the third annual Kalimbascope. All are encouraged to bring their own kalimbas (kalimbas will be available for the first 25 participants to borrow). Meet-up will be at 4pm; the parade starts at 4:32pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Parades, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Kalimbascope Parade
Gallery Talk |
Stop in for a glass of wine and docent-led highlights of the exhibition.  Each Wednesday through December 28.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
Free
Gallery Talks, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Parade |
To the beat of head-turning, diverse Brazilian sounds, the public is invited to travel through midtown Manhattan in a parade of rhythm and dance! Participants are encouraged to bring their Brazilian percussion instruments, or simply look, listen, and walk with this vibrant ensemble. The drumline will make its way around Midtown Manhattan. This new event features the all-women drumline Fogo Azul NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Parades, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Parranda de Inverno: Parade with an All-Women Drumline
Party |
The United Federation of Teachers Players invite you to celebrate the joyous holidays in the spirit of Medieval Splendor! Come in medieval attire if you choose. And please enjoy the song and food.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
Free
Partys, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Holiday in Camelot
Parade |
Artist Tom Peyton distributes seventy color-coded bells to the crowd, one color per note. A team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music, written by a variety of composers. Now in its sixth year, this sonorous soundscape will return to the East Village. Participants will take to the streets, stopping at choice neighborhood locations to joyfully wave the flags and sound the bells, concluding at well known East Village establishment to relax into the night. The parade gathers at 5:00 pm and begins at 6:00 pm . With bell music from Eric Beach, Dan Edinberg (The Stepkids), Nat Evans, Eric Frederic, Amy Garapic, Robert Honstein, Matt Marble, Tom Peyton and Alex Waterman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Parades, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Bell by Bell: An Atmospheric Soundscape
Book Reading |
This lecture traces the conception, development, and launching of Iridium, a revolutionary satellite system developed by Motorola in the early 1990s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, John Bloom discusses his book Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story
Classical Music |
Gregory K. Williams is a multifaceted violist, making his mark as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Recent solo performances include recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, and throughout the United States. He is the acting Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Principal Violist with the Berkshire Opera Festival. He has also performed with the Albany Symphony, Symphony in C, the Syracuse Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Currently Mr. Williams serves as a violist with the Red Door Chamber Players and as the founding violist for Rhymes With Opera. Williams will perform a concert of classical music from works by J. S. Bach, Alan Hovhannes, Günter Raphael, Joan Tower, Anthony Green and Henri Vieuxtemps.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Viola Works by Bach and Others
Concert |
Vostok is a "cosmonaut-themed" band that specializes in spacey folk music from the future. Their songs deal with the loneliness of space travel, distant worlds, and the longing for a home light years away. Coupled with a video log of space footage that shows behind the band when they play, their shows attempt to take their listeners on a journey between the stars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Vostok's Winter Solstice Show
Comedy Club |
Stand-up comedy show (that has been featured on MTV, and that fills to standing-room only each week). The show is produced by Brendan Fitzgibbons (The Onion, McSweeney's) and Lance Weiss (Carolines on Broadway) with comedians from David Letterman, Vh1, MTV, The Onion, and Comedy Central. Free pizza!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
Free
Comedy Clubs, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Gandhi, Is That You? Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
Comedy Club |
This show has your favorite local comedians. Get a sneak peak at new material before it hits Comedy Central.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, The Lantern Comedy Show
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Classical Music | Piano works by Chopin and more

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Play | Comedy by Emmy winner

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Broadway | Broadway show

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