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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 11, 2020?

18 free events take place on Friday, December 11 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 11 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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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, December 11, 2020

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Play | The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge: Heartwarming Christmas Comedy! (virtual)


In this comedic, twisted take on the holiday classic, it's one year after A Christmas Carol and Scrooge has returned to his miserly ways... The Ghosts of Christmas are on trial for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress as Scrooge rants and raves to the court. Both silly and sweet, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge is a heartwarming comedy for the whole family! Directed by Jim Helsinger Available on demand through Dec 20th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge: Heartwarming Christmas Comedy! (virtual)

Fair | Holiday Market: Gifts, Crafts, Food, Drinks and More (in-person)


This holiday market offers a variety of items such as jewelry, beauty products, essential oils, colorful apparel and accessories, unique gifts as well as hot chocolate, French truffles, grilled cheese, spicy Chinese savories, classic Polish dumplings and more! Guests have to reserve a free 30-minute shopping window in advance, temperatures will be taken at the door, masks are mandatory and traffic flow will be monitored. 12 pm - 8 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec 20th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Fairs, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Holiday Market: Gifts, Crafts, Food, Drinks and More (in-person)

Workshop | Intro to Digital Marketing (virtual)


Step into the world of digital marketing and explore the components of brand building and see how modern marketers drive successful campaigns using content, email, social media, paid advertising channels, and more. Using real-world case studies, you will: Break down the components of a digital marketing campaign. Survey today's digital marketing landscape and its career opportunities. Learn to approach a marketing campaign by identifying your objectives first. Get hands-on practice identifying key performance indicators (KPIs).
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
Free
Workshops, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Intro to Digital Marketing (virtual)

Performance | Cirque du Soleil: The Best Moments from Ice-Skating Themed Show Axel (virtual)


Axel is Cirque du Soleil's lastest on ice spectacle. This episode is fueled with exhilarating acrobatics, music and electrifying graphic designs. Please keep in mind the event can be viewed on the day and time specified in the listing, not before.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Cirque du Soleil: The Best Moments from Ice-Skating Themed Show Axel (virtual)

Concert | String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)


Ethel is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field with an eye on tradition and an ear to the future. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. Ethel is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin). The concert takes place every Friday at 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)

Dance Performance | Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)


Nutcracker offers audiences an opportunity to experience the magic of this timeless production live, from outside of the ballet company's studio, for the whole family to enjoy. The first of its kind, this production fuses ballet, hip-hop and an array of world dance genres that celebrate dances and artists from around the globe. Performance is 20 mins long. Audience members must wear masks and remain 6 feet away from others not in your household.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Dance Performances, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)

Concert | Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)

Performance | Comedy and Music in a Park (in-person)


Comedian Calvin S. Cato (Vice, Netflix, Time Out New York's Queer Comics of Color To Watch) teams up with drummer Rob Montemarano and his band for a fun night of outdoor music and comedy. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Music: a mix of classic rock and Irish music. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Comedy: comedians from Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, BET. For a small donation, audience will be offered beer and Jello shots. Put on your mask, bring a blanket, and come out for some fun and frivolity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Performances, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Comedy and Music in a Park (in-person)

Dance Performance | Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)


Nutcracker offers audiences an opportunity to experience the magic of this timeless production live, from outside of the ballet company's studio, for the whole family to enjoy. The first of its kind, this production fuses ballet, hip-hop and an array of world dance genres that celebrate dances and artists from around the globe. Performance is 20 mins long. Audience members must wear masks and remain 6 feet away from others not in your household.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)

Musical | Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)


In this heartwarming holiday musical, the Smith family grapples with life changes and new love in a bustling St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World's Fair. This special digital adaption from Charlotte Moore (Anna Smith in the original Broadway cast) will include favorite tunes, including "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," along with the romantic suitors, comedic misunderstandings, and jovial pranks that make this classic musical a holiday treat for families of all ages. This production is an abridged version of the Broadway musical Meet Me in St. Louis (1989), based on the 1944 film of the same name starring Judy Garland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Classical Music | Piano Cantabile: Beethoven Fantasies (virtual)


The Mannes Sounds Festival presents young artists from The Mannes School of Music. Program Marc-André Hamelin Cathy's Variations  Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 No. 6 “Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder” R. Schumann Fantasy in C major, Op. 17 (first movement)      Beethoven Rondo for violin and piano in G major, WoO41 Schelle Hammerstein (1994)  Zwilich Peanuts Gallery (1997) 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Piano Cantabile: Beethoven Fantasies (virtual)

Play | The Dybbuk: Yiddish Theater's Canonical Play (virtual)


The Dybbuk was premiered on December 9, 1920 by the Vilna Trupe at the Eizeum theater in Warsaw. It's success catapulted that company onto the international stage. It has since been translated into 27 languages and performed worldwide. The play depicts the possession of a young woman by the malicious spirit - known as Dybbuk in Jewish folklore - of her dead beloved. At its core, it is a love story exploring the metaphysical aspect of love, the fusion of two souls kept apart in our world of illusion, that chose to ascend as one to the true world. Written by S. An-ski (Shloyme Zaynvl Rapoport) Adapted by David Mandelbaum Directed by Jesse Freedman Performed in English with a liberal peppering of Yiddish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, The Dybbuk: Yiddish Theater's Canonical Play (virtual)

Classical Music | Beethoven: Musical Historian Leon Botstein, The Orchestra Now, The Shanghai Youth Philharmonic (virtual)


The 3rd annual China Now Music Festival: celebrating the extraordinary story of Beethoven's cultural and musical rise in Chinese society. Renowned conductor Leon Botstein shares remarks on Beethoven's universal appeal and enduring relevance, followed by performances by The Orchestra Now and the Shanghai Youth Philharmonic. Host Jindong Cai, the artistic director of the festival, will provide the historical context for the festival. All-Beethoven Program: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, 1st Movement Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, 4th Movement Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, 'Spring,' 1st Movement Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, 4th Movement
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Beethoven: Musical Historian Leon Botstein, The Orchestra Now, The Shanghai Youth Philharmonic (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (virtual)


During the 2019-20 season, one of America's greatest operas returned to the Met stage for the first time in 30 years, with the premiere of James Robinson's vibrant new production of Porgy and Bess. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. The performance also features soprano Golda Schultz and bass-baritone Donovan Singletary as Clara and Jake, soprano Latonia Moore as Serena, and tenor Frederick Ballentine and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Sportin' Life and Crown. And as the community matriarch Maria, veteran mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves delivers a scene-stealing performance. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which includes a number of melodies that have become classic American standards. The streaming will be available for 23 hrs. Please keep in mind the event can be viewed on the day and time specified in the listing, not before.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Met Opera: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (virtual)

Play | Who’s Holiday! with a Broadway Actress: “a raunchy riff on Dr Seuss’s yuletide tale… brassy, very funny" (virtual)


Who’s Holiday! tells the story of a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit. As she prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends, she recalls her own perspective of that fateful night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years. The New York Times called the play “a raunchy riff on Dr Seuss’s yuletide tale … brassy, very funny … a holiday offering that dirties up Christmas while ultimately reveling in its spirit.” Starring Lesli Margherita (Broadway's Matilda The Musical, London West End's Zorro) Written by Matthew Lombardo (Broadway’s High) Directed by Carl Andress Filmed during the show’s 2017 Off-Broadway run at the Westside Theatre. The streaming will be available through Dec 15th. Please note the event can be viewed on the day and time specified in the listing, not before.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Who&rsquo;s Holiday! with a Broadway Actress:&nbsp;&ldquo;a raunchy riff on Dr Seuss&rsquo;s yuletide tale&hellip; brassy, very funny" (virtual)

Play | Barbecue: Drama with Golden Globe Winner S. Epatha Merkerson, Tony Winner Laurie Metcalf and Others (virtual)


In Robert O’Hara’s rollicking Barbecue, the O’Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and rousing straight talk while they await their youngest sister’s arrival. What appears to be a festive occasion is actually something quite different. O’Hara, who staged this year’s Broadway's acclaimed Slave Play, directs a company that includes: Colman Domingo, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tamberla Perry, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Heather Simms, Laurie Metcalf, Carrie Coon, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen and Annie McNamara.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Barbecue: Drama with Golden Globe Winner S. Epatha Merkerson, Tony Winner&nbsp;Laurie Metcalf and Others (virtual)

Classical Music | Piano Music by Prokofiev and Beethoven (virtual)


Eteri Andjaparidze, Artist Faculty in Piano Studies, NYU; Markus Kaitila, NYU Piano Studies Alumnus, Studio of Eteri Andjaparidze Program Beethoven Sonata in c minor, Op. 111 Eteri Andjaparidze, piano Prokofiev Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103 Markus Kaitila, piano
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Concerts, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Piano Music by Prokofiev and Beethoven (virtual)

Performance | Cabaret Show Holiday Special: Songs, Dance and Sultry Charm (virtual)


Song and dance variety show features high-energy synchronized dancing, live singing courtesy of female vocal group The Sirens, and cheeky comedy. Presented by Guilty Pleasures Cabaret that brings sultry charm, feminine energy, and artistry to the cabaret theater experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:30 pm
$5
Performances, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Cabaret Show Holiday Special: Songs, Dance and Sultry Charm (virtual)
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