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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 16, 2020?

15 free events take place on Wednesday, 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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15 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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

Classical Music | 24-hour Beethoven Celebration (virtual)


Join the celebration of Beethoven to mark his 250 birthday. The event will include greetings from around the world, video tributes of various types, and his glorious music, celebrating his mind, artistic vision, and mission. It will be live-moderated with special guests, commentaries and rare recordings of Beethoven's work. Schedule 0:00 Early Sonatas 1-3:00 Symphony No. 1 & 2 4:00 Piano Trios 5:00 Beethoven and the Heroic 6:00 Beethoven's vocal music 7:00 Symphony No. 3 8:00 Poetry and Drama 9:00 Violin Sonatas 10:00 The Young Beethoven 11:00 Beethoven and the Tragic 12:00 Violin Concerto 13:00 Cello sonata & triple concerto 14:00 Beethoven & the unexpected 15:00 String Quartets 16:00 International tributes 17:00 Symphony No. 4 18-19:00 Symphony No. 5, 6, Choral Fantasy 20:00 The International Beethoven 21:00 Middle Sonatas 22:00 Symphony No. 7 & 8 23:00 Late Sonatas 24:00 Symphony No. 9
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, 24-hour Beethoven Celebration (virtual)

Staged Reading | Wrong Object: Audio Performance by Cynthia Nixon (virtual)


A therapist, a patient, and one uniquely inappropriate relationship. Written by Mona Simpson, author of six books including Anywhere But Here, My Hollywood and Casebook. Wrong Object was originally published in Harper's and selected by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All The Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, for The Best American Short Stories 2019. Read by Cynthia Nixon. The story can be described as moving, unsettling, disturbing, but above all else, captivating. Contains strong language and mature subject matter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Staged Readings, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Wrong Object: Audio Performance by Cynthia Nixon (virtual)

Classical Music | 12-Hour Beethoven Celebration (virtual)


Chamber Music Society celebrates the 250th birthday of Beethoven. Born in Bonn in 1770, his turbulent life included everything from battles with incurable illnesses to changing the entire landscape of music. With sixteen essential works arranged chronologically to reveal his evolving artistry, this twelve-hour marathon concert is punctuated by introductions to each of Beethoven's three signature periods, specially created by music scholar Bruce Adolphe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Concerts, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, 12-Hour Beethoven Celebration (virtual)

Tour | Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square (in-person)


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square (in-person)

Workshop | Barre Class: Elements of Ballet, Yoga, and Pilates (virtual)


Inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and pilates, barre is a low-impact workout that focuses on high-intensity movements designed to strengthen and tone your body. Each Wed at 12 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Barre Class: Elements of Ballet, Yoga, and Pilates (virtual)

Dance Performance | The Nutcracker Vignettes by New York Theatre Ballet (virtual)


Experience the magic of Keith Michael's The Nutcracker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Dance Performances, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, The Nutcracker Vignettes by New York Theatre Ballet (virtual)

Classical Music | Chamber Choir: All Hail! The Bells of Christmas Rang and More (virtual)


Angelica Women’s Chamber Choir performs “Exultemus et letemur” (13th c.); Dufay’s “Ave Regina caelorum” (15th c.); the anonymous villancico “Dadme albricias” (16th c.); and a premiere of Erik-Peter Mortensen's  "All Hail!' The Bells of Christmas Rang". Joining Angelica is percussionist Rex Benincasa. 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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12:15 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Chamber Choir:&nbsp;All Hail! The Bells of Christmas Rang and More (virtual)

Workshop | Publishing and Writing Webinar (virtual)


Josh Sippie, host and maestro of the Gotham Writers Conference, an agent and a writer discuss the inside scoop on publishing and writing. The guest editor and writer will be ever-changing, each episode focusing on a different genre or style. Every Wednesday afternoon from 1-2 pm. Audience members will be able to ask questions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Publishing and Writing Webinar (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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2:00 pm
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Musicals, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Jazz | Music by Thad Jones, Wycliffe Gordon and Others (virtual)


Hear the bright future of this country's jazz tradition when the outstanding young musicians of the National Yourth Orchestra (NYO) Jazz are showcased in performances created from their homes across the US. Sean Jones--NYO Jazz's artistic director--hosts this concert that also includes interviews with ensemble members. Featured selections include Thad Jones's "Cherry Juice," John Beasley's "Fete dans la tete" (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), and Wycliffe Gordon's "We're Still Here / He's Alright."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Music by Thad Jones, Wycliffe Gordon and Others (virtual)

Concert | R&B Hits of the 90's-00's (outdoors, in-person)


Step back in time with live music featuring 90s+00s R&B cover by Sanduba (Portuguese slang for "a sandwich"), led by Arnaldo Buzack and Julie Schatz (Lady Beatz). Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, R&B Hits of the 90's-00's (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
7:00 pm
Pay what you...
Musicals, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Film | Beethoven in Beijing (2020): Documentary, The Opening of China to Western Classical Music (virtual)


A rich mix of forgotten history, engaging stories and stirring performances, Beethoven in Beijing offers a striking then-and-now look at the cross-cultural power of music. The film follows the Philadelphia Orchestra on their first historic trip to China in 1973 and chronicles the opening of China to Western classical music since the end of the Cultural Revolution. Directed by Jennifer R. Lin, Sharon Mulally.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Films, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Beethoven in Beijing (2020): Documentary, The Opening of China to Western Classical Music (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Berlioz's Les Troyens (virtual)


Berlioz's epic masterpiece retells the magnificent saga of the aftermath of the Trojan War and the exploits of Aeneas. Rising tenor Bryan Hymel, in his Met debut, stars as the hero charged by the gods with the founding of the city of Rome. Susan Graham is Dido, Queen of Carthage, who becomes Aeneas's lover, and Deborah Voigt sings Cassandra, the Trojan princess whose warnings about the impending destruction of Troy go unheeded. Francesca Zambello's atmospheric production, featuring choreography by Doug Varone, is led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. The streaming will be available for 23 hrs. Please note: 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 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Met Opera: Berlioz's Les Troyens (virtual)

Performance | Burlesque, Comedy, Music and Variety Artists (virtual)


TRiPTease Burlesque is a weekly burlesque and variety show in LA. Enjoy a rotating weekly mix of burlesque, comedy, music, variety artists, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 pm
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Performances, December 16, 2020, 12/16/2020, Burlesque, Comedy, Music and Variety Artists (virtual)
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