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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 17, 2018?

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

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!

If you find the number of events listed here to be somewhat owherwelming, please use our Advanced Search feature wich allows you to create a list of only those type of events that are of interest to you at this very point. Interests differ, of course, and our site does it into account and allows easy navigation.

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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Mon, December 17, 2018
20 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 17, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Ingmar Bergman's The Silence (1963): two sides of a single woman
free events nyc Wind Quintet performs: works by Leonard Bernstein, Lee Hoiby and more
free events nyc Crime and Crime Fiction, with Bestselling Author Lee Child
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Workshop | Morning Meditation


Balance mind, body, and spirit in this Primordial Sound Meditation led by an instructor. Work with a personal mantra, a specific sound or vibration. Take part in a regular meditation practice that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system. Mondays, October 15 through December 17, 2018
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Workshops, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Morning Meditation

Tour | 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Film | The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996): Action with Oscar winning Geena Davis


A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again. Director: Renny Harlin. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima. 121 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996): Action with Oscar winning Geena Davis

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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1:00 pm
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Tours, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


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 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop | Chinese Calligraphy Class


Please bring your own calligraphy pen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Chinese Calligraphy Class

Classical Music | Choral works: Holiday Spirit


Jeffery Coulter, director. Program James McCray On Christmas Day Andrea Ramsey Up Above My Head Praetorius, arr. David Shand Lo, How a Rose Jay Rouse Three Jazzy Bell Carols Roger Emerson Mary, Did You Know? Victor C. Johnson African Noel Rose Dunphey Ding Dong Merrily on High Russell Robinson Salvation is Created
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Choral works: Holiday Spirit

Film | Come to the Stable (1949): Seven time Oscar nominated comedy drama


Two nuns arrive unannounced in the small New England town of Bethlehem, where they recruit various townspeople to help them build a children's hospital. Director: Henry Koster. Starring Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe. 94 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Come to the Stable (1949): Seven time Oscar nominated comedy drama

Talk | Resume Help


Need help with resume writing? Not sure how to edit it? Get one-on-one assistance with writing your resume. Please bring a hard copy of your resume or a USB flash drive to save and edit it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Resume Help

Talk | Resume Help


Need help with resume writing? Not sure how to edit it? Get one-on-one assistance with writing your resume. Please bring a hard copy of your resume or a USB flash drive to save and edit it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Resume Help

Film | Oscar nominated comedy Trading Places with Eddie Murphy


A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Director: John Landis. Starring Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy.  116 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Oscar nominated comedy Trading Places with Eddie Murphy

Talk | Crime and Crime Fiction, with Bestselling Author Lee Child


Lee Child, the author of twenty-four novels and numerous short stories and one of the world's bestselling fiction writers, will focus on the rising popularity of crime fiction in contemporary society: the relationship of "crime" to crime. He will consider the function of the genre and its evolutionary status, whether it corresponds to a rise or a reduction in crime, or compensates for it, or in some way helps to guard against it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free
Talks, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Crime and Crime Fiction, with Bestselling Author Lee Child

Workshop | Writing club


Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Writing Club.  Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Workshops, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Writing club

Talk | Uncover the Neighborhood


Take a walk down memory lane…with Thomas Lannon,  Assistant Director of the Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books division. Learn tips and tricks for exploring the neighborhood in an exploration of our research collections.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Uncover the Neighborhood

Concert | Holiday Songbook


A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Holiday Songbook

Film | Ingmar Bergman's The Silence (1963): two sides of a single woman


The film focuses on two sisters, the younger a sensuous woman with a young son, the elder more intellectually oriented and seriously ill, and their tense relationship as they travel toward home through a fictional Central European country on the brink of war. 105 min. The film is the third in a series of thematically related films, following Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Winter Light (1963), which is sometimes considered a trilogy.' Ernst Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. Considered to be among the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time, Bergman's renowned works include Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Silence (1963), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982).
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Films, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Ingmar Bergman's The Silence (1963): two sides of a single woman

Discussion | Experimental Theatre and Performance Publishing


Why publish a play in the 21st century? What are the limits of performance and paper—and what becomes possible when they converge? Can something be so analog that it becomes futuristic? In the last decades, independent publishing houses have taken up the challenge to re-think the relationship between print and performance in our times of post-dramatic theatre and ubiquitous virtual texts. Mac Wellman, publishers Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), Kate Kremer (53rd State Press), Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (3 Hole Press) and affiliate artists from each press hold conversations and readings from newly released works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Experimental Theatre and Performance Publishing

Classical Music | Wind Quintet performs: works by Leonard Bernstein, Lee Hoiby and more


Dorian Wind Quintet: Gretchen Pusch, flute; Gerard Reuter, oboe; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Karl Kramer-Johansen, horn; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Aaron Wunsch, piano. “One of chamber music’s most sparkling and eloquent ensembles” (TIME Magazine), the Dorian Wind Quintet joins forces with “luminous” mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (New York Times) for Lee Hoiby’s zesty, hilarious operatic portrait of Julia Child baking a chocolate cake, Bon Appétit! The Dorian also brings their “extraordinary accuracy and spirit” (New York Times) to both classic and contemporary American music, and Fischer offers Leonard Bernstein’s delicious song cycle of recipes, La Bonne Cuisine. "Ms. Fischer sings with a passionate restraint that has no equal in her generation" (New York Times). Program Lee Hoiby Bon Appétit!  Leonard Bernstein La Bonne Cuisine Samuel Barber Summer Music George Perle Wind Quintet No. 1 Elliott Carter Woodwind Quintet
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Wind Quintet performs: works by Leonard Bernstein, Lee Hoiby and more
8:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, A Concert of Live Electronic Music

Classical Music | Piano works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and more


Artyom Park, piano. Program J. S. Bach  (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue G Major from the WTC, book II Pozzolli (1873-1957) from Riflessi del Mare Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata op. 109, E Major Liszt (1811-1886) Sonata b minor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2018, 12/17/2018, Piano works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt  and more
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Musical | Sci-fi musical

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Play | A holiday comedy

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Play | A drama written by a bestselling author

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