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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 21, 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! 40 free events take place on December 21 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 21 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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All events, things to do on December 21, 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 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, 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 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, 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 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, 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 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Harlem Tour

Talk | Orchestra 101: Saxophone


This lecture-concert series investigates the history, construction, and repertoire of the instruments of the classical orchestra. From strings to woodwinds, from brass to percussion, from the organ to the conductor who brings it all together. Today’s event will focus on the saxophone and is led by saxophonists and Turtle Bay Music School master musician-teaching artists Javier Oviedo and Gene Rohrer.
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Talks, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Orchestra 101: Saxophone

Park Walk | Stroll to Strawberry Fields


Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer. Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
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Park Walks, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Film | Michael Curtiz's White Christmas (1954): Holiday Musical


Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney. A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. 120 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Michael Curtiz's White Christmas (1954): Holiday Musical

Lecture | Is This a Conversation? Female Trump Supporters in the Mainstream Press


In the first half of her talk, Ruth Palmer will discuss her new book, Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight, which is about private citizens' experiences becoming the focus of news attention. In the second half, she will relate those findings to a recent case study about female Trump supporters who were named in the mainstream press. What does it feel like to be depicted by the "fake news media" or as "one of the women who helped elect Trump?" Ruth Palmer is Assistant Professor of Communication at IE University in Madrid and Segovia, Spain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Lectures, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Is This a Conversation? Female Trump Supporters in the Mainstream Press

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Bach at Noon

Concert | Brandee Younger, Harpist


Known as a hybrid harpist, Brandee Younger is classically trained and active in jazz and popular music. She is noted for her work with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and is heavily inspired by the works of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. She has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Bill Lee, Pharoah Sanders and Reggie Workman and has recorded with popular artists including Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Common (Finding Forever), Ryan Leslie, Drake and is featured on the Grammy Award – nominated album New York: A Love Story by Mack Wilds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Brandee Younger, Harpist

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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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Tours, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Workshop | Retro Board Gaming and Jigsaws for Adults


Share your passion for gaming the old-fashioned way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Retro Board Gaming and Jigsaws for Adults

Workshop | Scrabble for Adults


Are you a vocabulary champion? Show off your top-scoring words against other Scrabble fans. Whether you're a Scrabble wizard or just want to learn the game, come join us and meet new friends. All levels of play are welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and be sure to bring friends to play with.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Scrabble for Adults

Film | Felix Feist's This Woman Is Dangerous (1952): Blind Gun Moll in Love


Stars: Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan, David Brian. A tough lady gangster learns that she will be totally blind within a week. She seeks help from the one eye surgeon who may be able to save her sight. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Felix Feist's This Woman Is Dangerous (1952): Blind Gun Moll in Love

Dance Performance | BALAM Dance Theatre: The French Baroque Style and the German Court


Musical selections by Robert de Visée for Baroque guitar and Ludwig Hesse's arrangement of excerpts from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet La Lyre Enchantée for two viols.  BALAM Dance Theatre, inspired by the opulence and theatricality of Balinese theatre, was founded in 1979 by choreographer, educator, and movement analyst Islene Pinder. The company’s eclectic repertoire presented at the grassroots level educates and entertains audiences through a unique blend of traditional and original works representing diverse cultures and time periods, which appeals to all ages and backgrounds. Carlos Fittante, choreographer/dancer  Lisa Terry, viol Adam Cockerham, Baroque guitar One or two additional performers will participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Dance Performances, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, BALAM Dance Theatre: The French Baroque Style and the German Court

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 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, 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 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour

Film | Emad Burnat's 5 Broken Cameras (2011): Oscar-Nominated Documentary


A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. 94 min.
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Emad Burnat's 5 Broken Cameras (2011): Oscar-Nominated Documentary

Film | Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): 4 Oscar Nominations


Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. 113 min.
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): 4 Oscar Nominations

Film | Stuart Burge's Much Ado About Nothing (1984): BBC Production


Stars: Lee Montague, Tim Faulkner, Cherie Lunghi. Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on. But unknown to all, Claudio's been tricked by the bastard Don John, and (unfortunately), it's up to Dogberry and Verges to solve the case. 148 min.
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Stuart Burge's Much Ado About Nothing (1984): BBC Production

Film | Michael Showalter's The Big Sick (2017): Young Love Faces Problems


Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. 120 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Michael Showalter's The Big Sick (2017): Young Love Faces Problems

Book Discussion | Discuss Great Books in a Great Space


Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.
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Book Discussions, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space

Book Discussion | Book Club: A Man Called Ove


Discuss the book by Fredrik Backman.
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Book Discussions, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Book Club: A Man Called Ove

Film | Sofia Coppola's The Beguilded (2017): Civil War Drama


Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning. The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. 93 min.
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Sofia Coppola's The Beguilded (2017): Civil War Drama

Park Walk | The Gaits Soundscape 2017


Celebrate the winter solstice with an immersive soundwalk. Participants become performers as your footsteps are turned into sounds, creating a collective, whimsical music piece including twinkling metallic sounds, electric guitar chords, dulcimer notes, and water splashes. Inspired by Phil Kline's annual Unsilent Night, the original score was composed by Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narvenson, and Cameron Britt for the High Line. Download the iPhone  or Android application and join the fun starting at 5:30 p.m. when they'll be registering participants and distributing small wearable speakers for the duration of the event to the first 100 participants. If you own a small portable speaker, bring it along to use during the soundwalk. Also, if you own a phone that doesn't have a headphone jack please make sure to bring an adapter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Park Walks, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, The Gaits Soundscape 2017

Opening Reception | Exposure 2017: Group Exhibition


10 simultaneous exhibitions each week for 4 weeks. Receptions: Thur, Nov. 30, 6-8pm Thur, Dec. 7, 6-8pm Thur, Dec. 14, 6-8pm Thur, Dec. 21, 6-8pm
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Opening Receptions, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Exposure 2017: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Bullsh**t 2017: Paintings by Harley Spencer


Harley Spencer presents the collection of paintings. The artist uses in paintings ironic images of super-heroes, cult figures, a string of songs from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, John Lennon, The Doors and other cult performers. For the collage Spencer uses rare vintage books won at auctions, as well magazines found in garbage on the streets of New York, napkins from seafood restaurant's, packages from cookies, advertising posters, and in general all that gives the artist inspiration and fits into the concept.
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Opening Receptions, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Bullsh**t 2017: Paintings by Harley Spencer

Workshop | Meditate to Be Serene


Isha Foundation, founded by Sadhguru, is a volunteer-run, international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential.    These  practices or technologies for well being are based on the science of Upa Yoga, which is oriented towards physical and psychological benefits. These practices include invigorating physical postures, breathing methods and meditation.  
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Workshop | Setting the Stage for Change: Who Are You and What Do You Want in Your Career and Life?


As we near the end of a calendar year and continue to navigate these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to get clear about who you are and what you want in your career and life. Kristina Leonardi presents for this inspirational and motivational talk to help you check in with yourself so that you can create a foundation for success in 2018 and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Setting the Stage for Change: Who Are You and What Do You Want in Your Career and Life?

Film | Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954): Winner of 8 Oscars


Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb. An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. 108 min.
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Films, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954): Winner of 8 Oscars

Park Walk | Central Park Brisk Walk


Brisk but sane. About seven miles.This is a regular series in which explore Central Park by foot as the work week winds down and then grab something to eat afterwards.  After quickly entering the park, head North, across and back down again to Central Park South. They will aim for about a 3mph pace. Please bring a flashlight as it is getting late earlier this time of year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Central Park Brisk Walk

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
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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
7:00 pm
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Tours, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

Concert | The 38th Annual A City Singing at Christmas


Celebrate this joyful time of the year with traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols. To end the evening, the Cathedral lights are dimmed to allow the candle lights to illuminate as "Silent Night" is sung. Featuring: Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir Pastor Frank A. Haye, Director Young People's Chorus of New York Francisco Nüñez, Director St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director The Cathedral Organs Daniel Brondel and Michael Hey, Organists New York Symphonic Brass
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, The 38th Annual A City Singing at Christmas

Concert | Tipico Urbano: Traditional Dominican Merengue


Hit the dance floor with this young New York band that infuses traditional Dominican merengue rhythms with youthful lyrics and exciting new musical concepts.  
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Tipico Urbano: Traditional Dominican Merengue

Concert | Community Carol Singalong


Downtown Voices and NOVUS NY (Stephen Sands, conductor) present an extravaganza of Christmas favorites for brass and choir with audience participation.
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Community Carol Singalong

Classical Music | Viola Works by Mozart


Program: Hyun-Kyung Lee Trio Mozart Sinfonia Concertante Student recital: Andy Lin, viola
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Viola Works by Mozart

Comedy Club | Bodega Cat Comedy Show


Bodega Cat is a weekly comedy show brought to you by Kevin Seefried (202 Comedy Festival), Andy Ostroff (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and Dane Hanson (Producer of Laughs on FOX). Live Stand-Up Comedy in New York City.
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Comedy Clubs, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Bodega Cat Comedy Show

Concert | Soulful Sounds, Smooth 5-Piece Ensemble


New Jersey natives Soulful Sounds consist of college-educated young males having a passion for playing music. The group started out as a duo of the saxophonist and the keyboardist. However, over the years the band has expanded into a five-piece smooth ensemble. Soulful Sounds focuses on providing smooth live entertainment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, Soulful Sounds, Smooth 5-Piece Ensemble

Jazz | The Hendrik Helmer Trio


The Hendrik Helmer Trio is comprised of Geoff Burke, George Papageorge and Hendrik Helmer.
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Concerts, December 21, 2017, 12/21/2017, The Hendrik Helmer Trio
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