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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 12, 2020?

24 free events take place on Saturday, December 12 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 12 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, December 12, 2020

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

Musical | Ruthless! The Cult Classic Musical from London's West End (virtual)


Ruthless! The Musical famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Talented eight year old Tina Denmark will do anything to play the lead in her school musical. Anything! As Tina discovers where her talent comes from, she shows us just what it takes to succeed... Premiering in 1992, the show is responsible for discovering young performers Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Musicals, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Ruthless! The Cult Classic Musical from London's West End (virtual)

Fair | Holiday Shopping: Gifts, Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More (outdoor market, in-person)


Shop for handmade soaps and beauty products, vintage clothing, spirits, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. Visitors must wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Fairs, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Holiday Shopping: Gifts, Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More (outdoor market, in-person)

Fair | Winter Village: Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)


This Winter Village is Manhattan's winter wonderland. European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Holiday shops are housed in custom-designed kiosks. Ice rink is open daily 8 am - 10 pm; skate for free with your own skates, or rent for a fee; reservations required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Fairs, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Winter Village: Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)

Fair | Indoor Market: Food Vendors, Craft Shops, Vintage (in-person)


This market offers socially-distanced experience of food and shopping: accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, henna tatoos, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 11 am - 7 pm. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Fairs, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Indoor Market: Food Vendors, Craft Shops, Vintage (in-person)

Park Walk | Foraging Tour: Sechuan Pepper, Ginkgo Trees, Black Nuts, American Persimmon and More (in-person)


A great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms makes this park a great place for foraging in the fall: burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores; the root of sassafras, which tastes like root beer, makes a great tea, as well as root beer; chickweed, which tastes like corn; the American persimmon, with a sweet fruit that gets better as it gets uglier! Nuts of the ginkgo tree will be at their peak. Pear-shaped puffballs, blewits, brick tops, enokis, oyster mushrooms, and tree ear mushrooms could pop up anywhere. The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Foraging Tour: Sechuan Pepper, Ginkgo Trees, Black Nuts, American Persimmon and More (in-person)

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
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12:00 pm
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Fairs, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Holiday Market: Gifts, Crafts, Food, Drinks and More (in-person)

Workshop | Learn Juggling in a Park (in-person)


Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized. Participants are encouraged to: Wear face coverings at all times Maintain at least six feet of distance between fellow participants at all times Use the park's hand-washing stations to wash hands before and after juggling Refrain from juggling back-and-forth with others
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Learn Juggling in a Park (in-person)

Fair | Outdoor Holiday Market: Sweets, Gifts, Accessories and More (in-person)


This artisan market offers products from local makers, artists and creators: fashion, accessories, jewelry, bath products, home goods, fine art, photo opps, pet gifts, sweets and more! Each Sat, 12 pm - 6 pm through Dec 19th. *COVID-Compliant Outdoor Setting*
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Fairs, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Outdoor Holiday Market: Sweets, Gifts, Accessories and More (in-person)

Discussion | Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet in Conversation (virtual)


Join a conversation with Taylor Stanley, Principal Dancer for New York City Ballet, Kyle Abraham, choreographer and Artistic Director of A.I.M, and Danspace Project’s Program Director and Associate Curator, Benjamin Akio Kimitch. With Kimitch, the artists will explore the development of their collaborative friendship, beginning with the creation of Abraham’s The Runaway (2018) for New York City Ballet, of which Stanley was part of the original cast, and for which he won a 2019 Bessie Award, to their short film collaboration, Ces noms que nous portons (2020), for Lincoln Center, choreographed by Abraham and danced by Stanley. Footage of Ces noms que nous portons and rehearsal documentation for The Runaway will be screened. They’ll discuss their shared experiences with representation, trust, and advocating for change within dance institutions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet in Conversation (virtual)

Theater | Pen/Man/Ship: The Story of Betrayal, Faith, Violence and Freedom (virtual)


Ship's Log: 1896. A father boards a ship and leads a mysterious expedition bound for Africa. In tow are his troubled son, a rebellious young woman, and a skeptical crew. On the open sea, an unexpected detour resurrects family secrets and reveals true intentions, fundamentally changing the course of the journey--and their lives. Written by Christina Anderson (Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre) Directed by Lucie Tiberghien The cast features Lucille Lortel Award winner Crystal Lucas-Perry (A Bright Room Called Day at the Public Theater), Kevin Mambo ("Marvel's Luke Cage" on Netflix, Fela in Broadway's Fela!), Jared McNeill (HBO's "We Are Who We Are," Battlefield at BAM) and Postell Pringle (Broadway's A Free Man of Color, FX's "Rescue Me").
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Theaters, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Pen/Man/Ship: The Story of Betrayal, Faith, Violence and Freedom (virtual)

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
3:00 pm
Pay what you...
Musicals, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Fair | Holiday Market: Food, Pottery, Knitwear, Children's Books and More (in-person)


This holiday market at a heated patio offers tacos, queso, hot cocktails, pottery, handmade masks, prints, children's books, knitwear and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Fairs, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Holiday Market: Food, Pottery, Knitwear, Children's Books and More (in-person)

Slide Lecture | Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History (virtual)


Native Studies scholar Shari Huhndorf presents Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History. U.S. monuments, including those of U.S. presidents, create celebratory national narratives premised on Indigenous erasure, the obliteration from national memory of violent conquest in the past as well as ongoing Indigenous presence. After exploring this history, Shari Huhndorf will consider how Native artists revise official histories to counter Indigenous erasure and assert contemporary claims in the context of such recent events as the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Contests over the meaning of the past, as these artworks reveal, are also contests over land and political power in the present. Shari M. Huhndorf is Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination and Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Slide Lectures, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Monuments, Memory, and the Art of Indigenous History (virtual)

Classical Music | Organ Recital in a Church (virtual)


An accomplished organist and music teacher Maria Rayzvasser performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Organ Recital in a Church (virtual)

Performance | Circus Showcase Extravaganza Live! (virtual)


Omnium: A Bold New Circus transports the audience into a world of wonder, inspiring all with extraordinary feats of human accomplishment and the astounding potential of the human spirit. The company was founded by Lisa B. Lewis who spent many years working with the Big Apple Circus on their groundbreaking Circus of the Senses performances. The acts will include the following performers: - International pole champion Jason Span (First Place, U.S. Pole Sports and Arts National Championship, Silver Medalist at World Championship); - International funny man, Max-I-Mime (Cirque du Soleil and Deafway); - Acclaimed aerialist Jennifer Bricker and musician Dominic Bauer team up for a breathtaking multidisciplinary artistic display; - Noemi and Elan Espana, 6th generation performers of the legendary Espana family; - Jenny Vidbel and her equestrian ballet; - Acclaimed Brazilian strongmen Dupla Mao Na Roda (4 hands, two wheels); - Guest spots from juggler Kevin Kujawa and Brian Velazquez - Hosts Johnathan Lee Iverson (the last Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey) and Brandon Kazen Maddox
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Performances, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Circus Showcase Extravaganza Live! (virtual)

Theater | Pen/Man/Ship: Broadway Actors in the Story of Betrayal, Faith, Violence and Freedom (virtual)


Ship's Log: 1896. A father boards a ship and leads a mysterious expedition bound for Africa. In tow are his troubled son, a rebellious young woman, and a skeptical crew. On the open sea, an unexpected detour resurrects family secrets and reveals true intentions, fundamentally changing the course of the journey--and their lives. Written by Christina Anderson (Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre) Directed by Lucie Tiberghien The cast features Lucille Lortel Award winner Crystal Lucas-Perry (A Bright Room Called Day at the Public Theater), Kevin Mambo ("Marvel's Luke Cage" on Netflix, Fela in Broadway's Fela!), Jared McNeill (HBO's "We Are Who We Are," Battlefield at BAM) and Postell Pringle (Broadway's A Free Man of Color, FX's "Rescue Me").
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Theaters, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Pen/Man/Ship: Broadway Actors in the Story of Betrayal, Faith, Violence and Freedom (virtual)

Classical Music | Piano Works by John Adams, Oliver Messiaen and More (virtual)


Pianist Chelsea Randall presents a solo recital of contemplative, rarely performed piano music by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Robert Palmer and Toro Takemitsu. The program will also include works by John Adams, Oliver Messiaen and John Cage. About the Artist Chelsea Randall has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Kaufmann Center, Steinway Hall, The Théâtre Adyar in Paris and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Piano Works by John Adams,&nbsp;Oliver Messiaen and More (virtual)

Concert | Saturday Live Music (in-person)


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Saturday Live Music (in-person)

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
7:00 pm
$5
Plays, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, The Dybbuk: Yiddish Theater's Canonical Play (virtual)

Classical Music | Baroque Ensemble: Leclair and Cheron (virtual)


Baroque ensemble House of Time, dedicated to both well-known and underperformed repertoire of the 17th through the 21st century, and guest violinist Aisslinn Nosky perform on period instruments. Live program notes by Grammy-nominated oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz. Program Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Trio Sonata in D Minor Op. 13 No. 2 Andre Cheron (1895-1980) Sonata in G Minor Op. 2 No. 2 ean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Overture in A Major Op. 13 No. 5
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Baroque Ensemble: Leclair and Cheron (virtual)

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 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (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 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Barbecue: Drama with Golden Globe Winner S. Epatha Merkerson, Tony Winner&nbsp;Laurie Metcalf and Others (virtual)

Concert | Holiday Classics with Pops Orchestra Live (virtual)


John Morris Russell conducts the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra musicians bringing the holiday cheer to your home.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Holiday Classics with Pops Orchestra Live (virtual)

Concert | Holiday Songs by Angel City Chorale (virtual)


Angel City Chorale, led by Sue Fink, performs a selection of beautiful holiday songs both old and new, and a joyous audience sing-along to celebrate the season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Holiday Songs by Angel City Chorale (virtual)
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