free things to do in New York City
Free events for Friday, 12/20/19
<

December 2019

>
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City!  Read More

Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 20, 2019?

25 free events take place on Friday, December 20 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 20 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.
Join the Club!

Go!
The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free events to go to,
free things to do in NYC
today!

Fri, December 20, 2019
25 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Friday, December 20, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Photographers Welcome Visitors to Their Studios
free events nyc Christmas Caroling
free events nyc Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
More Editor's Picks for 12/20/19

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
Join the Club!
Go!
10:00 am
Free
Tours, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Concert | Christmas Caroling


Performances of classic Christmas carols and other holiday songs
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Christmas Caroling

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Bach at Noon

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
12:30 pm
Free
Tours, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Film | Elf (2003): Fantasy Comedy With Will Ferrell


After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. 97 min. Director: Jon Favreau. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart. Elf grossed $173.4 million in North America and $47 million in other territories for a total gross of $220.4 million, against a budget of $33 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
1:00 pm
Free
Films, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Elf (2003): Fantasy Comedy With Will Ferrell

Film | I, Tonya (2017) With Margot Robbie and Allison Janney: Oscar Winning Biographical Comedy Drama


Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. 119 min. Director: Craig Gillespie. Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney. At the 90th Academy Awards, Janney won for Best Supporting Actress, while the film also earned nominations for Best Actress for Robbie and Best Film Editing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
1:00 pm
Free
Films, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, I, Tonya (2017) With Margot Robbie and Allison Janney:&nbsp;Oscar Winning Biographical Comedy Drama

Film | Wag the Dog (1997): Two Time Oscar Nominated Black Comedy With Dustin Hoffman And Robert De Niro


Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal. 97 min. Director: Barry Levinson. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche. The film was nominated for two 70th Academy Awards: Dustin Hoffman for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and Hilary Henkin and David Mamet for Best Adapted Screenplay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Wag the Dog (1997): Two Time Oscar Nominated Black Comedy With Dustin Hoffman And Robert De Niro

Workshop | DIY Handmade Magazine (Zine)


What is a zine? Zines are unique do-it-yourself (DIY) handmade magazines that come in many different formats, shapes, and sizes. They can be handwritten, typed, stapled, photocopied, or professionally printed and reflect personal self-expression on various topics! What is this workshop? Learn to create a DIY publication by writing, drawings, or collaging. Participants will come up with a concept and create a group zine. The finished product will end up in The New York Public Library’s zine collection!
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
1:00 pm
Free
Workshops, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, DIY Handmade Magazine (Zine)

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
Join the Club!
Go!
1:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, 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
Join the Club!
Go!
1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Film | Love Actually (2003): Love Stories On Christmas With An Ensemble Cast


Follows eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London. 135 min. Director: Richard Curtis. Starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson. Love Actually received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Love Actually (2003): Love Stories On Christmas With An Ensemble Cast

Film | The Hustle (2019): Comedy Crime With Anne Hathaway


Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the men who have wronged them. 93 min. Director: Chris Addison. Starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp.  The Hustle grossed $35.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $59.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $95.0 million
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, The Hustle (2019): Comedy Crime With Anne Hathaway

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
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018): Adventure Fantasy Starring Morgan Freeman

Book Club | Isabel Allende's In the Midst of Winter: A Novel Set In Brooklyn 


Worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long-overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allende’s landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” - The Washington Post
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Book Clubs, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Isabel Allende's In the Midst of Winter: A Novel Set In Brooklyn&nbsp;

Open Studios | Photographers Welcome Visitors to Their Studios


Longtime Tribeca-based photographers open up their studios to share their work and experiences documenting the neighborhood. Visit the studios of Donna Ferrato and Marc Kaczmarek to learn about their work and perspectives of Tribeca.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Open Studioss, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Photographers Welcome Visitors to Their Studios
5:00 pm
Regular: $20
Member: $0
Join the Club!
Go!
Concerts, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, French chanson and jazz

Concert | 3 Folk Music Arts


With: Naomi Vernon, Emma Pierson, and Sterling Rhyne
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
5:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, 3 Folk Music Arts
5:30 pm
Regular: $39.00
Member: $0
Join the Club!
Go!
Theaters, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Five Star Sell-out Hit

Opening Reception | Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020


A mixer in celebration of the exhibition. Enjoy a complimentary docent tour at 7pm, snacks, drink specials, and live music. Throughout the evening, clarinetist Mingzhe Wang and cellist Mihai Marica will perform three short form duets, with music ranging from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
6:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020

Concert | Christmas Caroling


Performances of classic Christmas carols and other holiday songs
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Christmas Caroling

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
Pay-what-you-wish
Tours, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
7:00 pm
Regular: $20
Member: $0
Join the Club!
Go!
Plays, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Winter story for kids!

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
7:30 pm
No cover, no...
Comedy Clubs, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, An Evening of Standup Comedy
7:30 pm
Regular: $25
Member: $0
Join the Club!
Go!
Plays, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Family Drama
9:00 pm
Regular: $20
Member: $0
Join the Club!
Go!
Concerts, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, French music and tango
Complimentary Tickets

to shows, concerts ... (CFT Deals!)

Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, and More

Regular Price: $20
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Musical | A Musical About Love

Regular Price: $39.50
CFT Member Price: $0.00
Join the Club!

Go!