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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 17, 2017?

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! 26 free events take place on December 17 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out December 17 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of December . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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26 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 17, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.

Tour | Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour

City Walk | Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour


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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City Walks, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour

Tour | Harlem 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Harlem Tour

City Walk | Manhattan Street Art Tour


Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
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City Walks, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour

Tour | Grand Central Terminal Tour


For over 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with its wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. Its history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Grand Central Terminal Tour

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour


Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Flatiron District Walking Tour

City Walk | Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour


The Lower East Side was once the most densely populated neighborhood on the planet. This 10 stop walking tour, will visit some major historical sites of the Jewish Lower East Side, from the late 1800's all the way up until present day. Weaving stories of triumph, heartbreak, and humor together, this tour is at once informative, entertaining, and may put you in the mood for a knish or four.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour

Talk | I Dream of Peace: Art Therapy and Veterans


Art therapist Beryl Brenner hosts a lecture/discussion about the art program that she developed for the local veterans of New York City. Brenner has been working with veterans and the arts for 39 years and the work that has been produced is reflective of the veterans of our time. The work has been shown at a wide variety of galleries and museums in the area. Recently, the entire collection was inducted digitally into the Brooklyn Collection at Grand Army Plaza rendering it a permanent part of American history. Brenner will be joined by a number of the Veterans who produce the artwork for the program and they will discuss their process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, I Dream of Peace: Art Therapy and Veterans

Park Walk | Central Park Tour - Lower Section


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Central Park Tour - Lower Section

Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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.
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour

Tour | Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour

Tour | Brooklyn Heights Tour


Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Brooklyn Heights Tour

Tour | Midtown Manhattan 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Midtown Manhattan Tour

Play | The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit


The Mobile Unit celebrates the 60th anniversary of its inaugural tour in 1957 which began with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joseph Papp.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit

Play | The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's Searing Family Drama


The Cherry Orchard takes place on the grounds of Ranevskaya's estate, somewhere in the provinces of Russia. Unless the family can raise enough money to save it, the estate will have to be sold to clear her debts. Several plans are concocted, one of which entails cutting down their famous cherry orchard. But no one plan is settled upon. As August approaches, when the estate must be auctioned off to meet the mortgage payments, what unfolds in the household is a farewell of bittersweet beauty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Plays, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's Searing Family Drama

Concert | Hook, Wine, and Thinker: An A Cappella Concert with The Art Mob


The Art Mob, an uncommon a cappella chorus, wows audiences with an oddball mix of offbeat, witty, and occasionally heartrending music from bygone days.  Now in its 37th year, the 15-member Mob specializes in Victorian parlor songs, Sacred Harp hymns, 1920s radio gospel, scary old children’s ditties, Tin Pan Alley numbers, English folk tunes, temperance anthems, jazz and doo-wop. The Fall 2017 concert delves into three of our favorite topics: drinking (or not); thinking (or not); and catchin’ fish (or not). Watch them weave these motifs into a coherent (or not) evening of harmony and fun. They open in ragtime and close in a rhumba. The performance concludes with a sing-along of favorite holiday carols. The Art Mob is: Brent Frederick (music director), Connie Beckley, Hannah Campbell, Gaynor Coté, Martin Donach, Frank Donno, Richard Haas, Lauren Hsu, Amanda Keating, Anne Kostick, Paul Martin Kovic, Emilia Mahaffey, Jaye Maynard, Dean Rainey, and Kirsten Skrinde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Hook, Wine, and Thinker: An A Cappella Concert with The Art Mob

Concert | 2017 44th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas


Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites. The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, 2017 44th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas

Reading | ’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Reading


Joy Reid, political analyst at MSNBC and host of “AM Joy,” reads Clement Clarke Moore's classic A Visit from Saint Nicholas. Reception follows. Prelude music begins at 3:00pm.
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Readings, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Reading

Classical Music | Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation


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 Sunday from Sept. 10, 2017 to May 27, 2018..
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Concerts, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation

Classical Music | Vocal Works by Richard Strauss


Program: STRAUSS: Arabella, Op. 79, Act I Duet: "Ich danke Fräulein... aber der Richtige" STRAUSS: Vier letzte Lieder STRAUSS: Daphne, Op. 82, Final Scene: "Ich komme... ich komme" STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, Act III Trio: "Marie Therese!... hab' mir's gelobt" Student Recital - Lauren Yokabaskas, Soprano
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Concerts, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Vocal Works by Richard Strauss

Classical Music | String Works by Copland, Bach, Tchiakovsky, Hindemith


Program: Copland Ukelele Serenade for violin and piano; Hoe Down from "Rodeo", for violin and piano J.S. Bach Cello Suite No3 in C Major Hindemith "Der Schwanendreher" Viola Concerto Mvmt. I, II Tchiakovsky Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 Student Recital - Leah Glick and Avital Mazor, Violin and Viola
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Concerts, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, String Works by Copland, Bach, Tchiakovsky, Hindemith

Classical Music | Student Piano Recital


Tegku Ahmad Irfan, Piano  6:00PM
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Tour | Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour


When people think about holiday decorations in New York City, they usually think of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the lavish store window displays. But some of the best sights to be seen are actually in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Starting in the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter out in Brooklyn with each passing year. Expect to see massive, professionally- done light displays (some costing upwards of $20,000!). There is an unspoken competition among the home owners in the neighborhood, so some have added huge lawn ornaments and motorized displays, making for a lavish holiday spectacle. Dyker Heights has truly become a “must-see” for many people during the holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

Tour | Holiday Lights 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 our on our 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
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Tours, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, Holiday Lights Tour

Play | The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit


The Mobile Unit celebrates the 60th anniversary of its inaugural tour in 1957 which began with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joseph Papp.
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7:00 pm
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Plays, December 17, 2017, 12/17/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
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