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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 16, 2019?

30 free events take place on Monday, December 16 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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 16 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!

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 example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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Mon, December 16, 2019
30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Monday, December 16, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, 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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10:00 am
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Tours, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | Don't Let Go (2019): Man Gets A Phone Call From His Murdered Niece


After a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He's not sure if she's a ghost or if he's going mad, but as it turns out, he's not. 103 min. Director: Jacob Estes. Starring: Alfred Molina, David Oyelowo, Mykelti Williamson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Don't Let Go (2019): Man Gets A Phone Call From His Murdered Niece

Film | Iron Man (2008): Two Time Oscar Nominated Superhero With Robert Downey Jr. And Gwyneth Paltrow


After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. 126 min. Director: Jon Favreau. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard. Iron Man received two nominations at the 81st Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Iron Man (2008): Two Time Oscar Nominated Superhero With&nbsp;Robert Downey Jr. And Gwyneth Paltrow

Film | The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018): Adventure Fantasy Starring Morgan Freeman


A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. 99 min. Directors: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston. Starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman. The film grossed over $173 million worldwide, against a production budget of over $120 million. The music was adapted in part from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite from 1892 by James Newton Howard, updating the original and adding new tracks as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018): Adventure Fantasy Starring Morgan Freeman

Concert | Christmas Caroling


Performances of classic Christmas carols and other holiday songs
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Christmas Caroling

Film | My Reputation (1946) With Barbara Stanwyck: Widow Falls In Love With Army Major


A recent widow meets an army major while skiing and despite pressures from friends and family becomes romantically involved with him. 94 min. Director: Curtis Bernhardt. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, My Reputation (1946) With Barbara Stanwyck: Widow Falls In Love With Army Major

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 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, 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 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop | The Tao of the Digital Image


Vincent Versace presents his multi-day workshop, featuring 4 days of education (Dec 16-19) based off of his next book: 21s tCentury Composition Theory: The Tao of the Digital Image. Every decision about an image must be and needs to be made at the point of capture. So, the more you understand how it all works, from capture to the final print, the more reflective of the moment that made you click the shutter your images will be. From treating the lens as a brush, the camera a canvas, the monitor as the window to the image, the file as sheet music and the print as the symphony- every choice you make matters. Technique, and the understanding of how it all works, matters. The goal being to have a depth of understanding that makes it so your image does not have to shout to be heard, or in this case seen. It is the best moments of life we choose to capture photographically and they are the moments, if done correctly, that will live on beyond our years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, The Tao of the Digital Image

Discussion | Sports Issues Discussion Group


This discussion group will encourage you to explore how ethical issues influence sports culture, athletes' success and ultimately, the scoreboard. This isn't just talk on your favorite teams or the latest scores. Come to discuss challenging questions such as... ? Should Pete Rose or steroid users be admitted to the Hall of Fame? ? Should college athletes be paid, in addition to receiving room and board? ? ...and more! Led by David Ruttenberg, Sports Enthusiast
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Discussions, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Sports Issues Discussion Group

Film | John Ford's 3 Godfathers (1948): Western Drama With John Wayne


Three outlaws on the run find a dying woman in the desert who gives birth to a baby. The mother entrusts the care of the child to the three men. 106 min. Director: John Ford. Starring. John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, John Ford's 3 Godfathers (1948): Western Drama With John Wayne

Film | The Goldfinch (2019): Drama With Nicole Kidman


A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 149 min. Director: John Crowley. Starring Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman.  The Goldfinch was adapted from the 2013 novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, The Goldfinch (2019): Drama With Nicole Kidman

Workshop | How To Reduce Stress Through Meditation 


Longtime meditator Rosanna Jimenez discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation. It can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. She will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that will be explained and practiced during the session. This can enrich one’s life personally, professionally, spiritually and help with seasonal stress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, How To Reduce Stress Through Meditation&nbsp;

Film | My Man and I (1952): Mexican Worker At The Farm Gets Into Trouble


Having just become a U.S. citizen, a Mexican field worker gets a job at a farm and courts a grieving waitress. Before long he gets into trouble with his dishonest boss and his lonely wife. 99 min. Director: William A. Wellman. Starring Shelley Winters, Ricardo Montalban, Wendell Corey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, My Man and I (1952): Mexican Worker At The Farm Gets Into Trouble

Concert | Holiday Songbook's Future


This special concert features an array of all new holiday songs written by some of today's most talented composers and lyricists performed by some of New York's freshest talents.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Holiday Songbook's Future
6:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Concerts, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Tango and more

Performance | Four Dreams: An Artist Talk and Performance


Qingqing Yang’s research focuses on creation through dreams. Her work uses the practice of subconscious painting to evoke a dream-like state in which she is uninhibited to explore the relationship between life, death and love. Her creation takes inspiration from the Four Dreams in Linchuan by the Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, consisting of four plays about love and society: Peony Pavilion, Purple Hairpin, Handan and Nanke. All four “dreams” are known to be among the most outstanding works of Chinese literature. After an artist talk on Four Dreams in Linchuan, Yang will transition to a performance combining projected visuals, music and her gestural acts of painting. Yang will create an illusionary atmosphere in the theater that allows the audience to feel the experience of entering a poetic dream. Qingqing Yang’s interpretation of the subject is a dreamlike painting performance, setting the stage for a trans-medial conversation between poetry and her calligraphic painting style in the theatrical world of reverie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Four Dreams: An Artist Talk and Performance

Author Reading | The Olivier Sisters: A Biography


From the beginning of their lives, the Olivier sisters stood out: surprisingly emancipated, strikingly beautiful, markedly determined, and alarmingly 'wild'. Rupert Brooke was said to be in love with all four of them; D. H. Lawrence thought they were frankly 'wrong'; Virginia Woolf found them curiously difficult to read. The sisters seemed always to be one step ahead of their time. Margery and Daphne studied at Cambridge when education was still thought by some to be damaging to ovaries. Noel became a doctor; Daphne a pioneering teacher; Margery's promising trajectory was shot down by mental illness; Brynhild, the great beauty of the four, excelled as a Bloomsbury hostess yet gave it up for love and a life of uncertainty. In this intimate, sweeping biography, Sarah Watling brings the sisters in from the margins, tracing lives that span colonial Jamaica, the bucolic life of Victorian progressives, the frantic optimism of Edwardian Cambridge, the bleakness of two world wars, and a host of evolving philosophies for life over the course of the twentieth century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, The Olivier Sisters: A Biography

Author Reading | Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy


At the end of his long, prolific life, Titian was rumored to paint directly on the canvas with his bare hands. He would slide his fingers across bright ridges of oil paint, loosening the colors, blending, blurring, and then bringing them together again. With nothing more than the stroke of a thumb or the flick of a nail, Titian's touch brought the world to life. With author Maria H. Loh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Author Readings, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy

Play | Clybourne Park: Scathing Satire


An often scathing, intentionally offensive satire about racism and social change, this multi-award-winning play explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Trapped in a societal purgatory of ineptitude and anxiety, the first act takes place in a recently sold house in a white middle-class neighborhood of Chicago in 1959. The second act is set in 2009 in the same house, recently re-sold, now in a predominantly African-American neighborhood facing gentrification. A studnt production. Written by Bruce Norris.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Clybourne Park: Scathing Satire

Discussion | Artist Anni Albers: A Conversation Among Friends


For this second part of artist Nancy Shaver's engagement with Lynne Cooke's exhibition Maneuver, she will join in a discussion about Anni Albers with a circle of friends: artist Robert Gober, textile designer and Senior Critic in the Textiles Department at the Rhode Island School of Design Lisa Scull, and artist Sterrett Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Artist Anni Albers: A Conversation Among Friends

Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour


See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Tours, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
7:00 pm
Regular: $10
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Performances, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Comedy and Politics
7:00 pm
Regular: $39.00
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Theaters, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Five Star Sell-out Hit
7:00 pm
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Plays, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Funny Christmas Stories By Three Comedians

Opera | Opera Collective: The People's Opera


A group of opera singers throughout New York City, seeking to make opera accessible to the general public by presenting engaging experiences of music, including opera, art song, operetta, and musical theater in New York's thriving subway stations as well as above ground. These songbirds lift their voices with more passion and talent, than can be ignored.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Opera Collective: The People's Opera
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Performances, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Spectacular Comedy Show

Comedy Club | The Mosquito Comedy Variety Show


Actress and Emmy award-winning commentator Nancy Giles (CBS News Sunday Morning) hosts this fast and furious monthly variety show with stand-ups, sit-downs and music. Giles, who starred on ABC's China Beach" and Delta series will be joined by a rotating cast of regulars who have in the past included: Pat Candaras, Cynthia Kaplan, Peri Gaffney, Kathryn Rossetter, Sheila Head, Susan Burns, Sue Giles, Nancy Shayne and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, The Mosquito Comedy Variety Show
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Plays, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, A comedy based on a true story
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, and More

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Musical | A Musical About Love

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