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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 17, 2020?

23 free events take place on Thursday, December 17 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 17 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, December 17, 2020

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

Dance Performance | The Nutcracker by Saint Louis Ballet (virtual)


Enjoy The Nutcracker presented by Saint Louis Ballet in a virtual format. Act One is filled with performance footage from last year's production and Act Two brings you brand new footage filmed specifically for this virtual event with safety in mind for the performers and no audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Dance Performances, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, The Nutcracker by Saint Louis Ballet (virtual)

Concert | Music and Dance from Japan, Cuba, South Africa and More (virtual)


Enjoy the concert celebrating love, peace and unity. Performers: - Japanese Artists Hirari Sato o Taeko Glory & Wagosnation - South African Vocalist Ntombikhona Dlamini (Sarafina! & The Lion King) - Zimbabwe Music & Dance Nyasha Mutonhori o Chaka Ngwenya o Clement Ncube / INGUQUKHO - Santiago Cuba Oyo Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble - USA Impact Repertory Theatre, Harlem o TYDRE o Justine Mills The event will be streaming until Dec 18th, 11 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Concerts, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Music and Dance from Japan, Cuba, South Africa and More (virtual)

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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12:05 am
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Plays, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge: Heartwarming Christmas Comedy! (virtual)

Play | The Resurrection of Alice: Heartwarming Story (virtual)


The Resurrection of Alice is a funny, heartwarming and enlightening story of one young girl's journey for her family's sake into an arranged marriage with a man that was old enough to be her grandfather in rural South Carolina, 1948. Written & performed by Perri Gaffney. For viewers aged 17+ (adult themes and sexually suggestive situations). The play is available through Jan 10th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:01 am
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Plays, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, The Resurrection of Alice: Heartwarming Story (virtual)

Play | A Christmas Carol: Beloved Holiday Classic (virtual)


A unique take on the Dickens classic that integrates traditional theatrical storytelling with technological possibilities only available with new media. Ebenezer Scrooge is guided by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on a heartwarming journey toward redemption that you can now share with friends and family no matter where they live. Make the spirit of the season come alive with a memorable holiday experience filled with hope for the whole family. The show will be available for streaming on-demand through Jan 10th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Plays, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, A Christmas Carol: Beloved Holiday Classic (virtual)

Tour | Moscow: Magical Red Square Live (virtual)


This is the best time to visit Moscow. Walk through this luminous city to feel the magic of a Russian winter because at this time of the year Moscow turns into a snowy wonderland. You will learn about the history of New Year and Christmas celebrations in Russia and uncover why Russians celebrate Christmas in January but exchange presents on New Year's night. You will even get to talk about festive Russian food. All while discovering the magical Red Square.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Moscow: Magical Red Square Live (virtual)

Workshop | Yoga Class (virtual)


Join Thai James for a virtual yoga session. He will be leading a mindful practice to unite and elevate your mind, body, and spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Yoga Class (virtual)

Tour | Factory Visit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Sustainable Manufacturing (virtual)


Since 2003, IceStone has been manufacturing countertops in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Made from 100% recycled glass, cement, and pigment, their unique designs and innovative production process have made IceStone a leading company in sustainable manufacturing. On this virtual tour, you will explore their products and process with Marketing Director Ashon McCollin, who will walk you through their factory, discuss commercial and residential projects they have worked on, and highlight the company's initiatives to support the environment and their workers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Factory Visit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Sustainable Manufacturing (virtual)

Workshop | Photography: Creating a 3D Texture (virtual)


Travel photographer Esteban Toro shares his biggest secret when developing a digital file: creating a 3D feeling in color and black and white photographs for print. As important as it is to choose the right lens and camera, it is also mandatory to know how to create texture for printing and taking advantage of fine-art quality papers. In this session, Toro will teach you useful techniques to apply in your pictures before you send them to print by using examples of his adventures in more than 45 countries around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Photography: Creating a 3D Texture (virtual)

Workshop | High-Intensity Interval Workout (virtual)


This high-intensity interval ("HIIT") class will keep your body moving and the sweat dripping! This class will incorporate combinations of 20 seconds of work + 10 seconds of rest; 30 seconds of work + 15 seconds of rest; and 40 seconds of work + 20 seconds of rest. No equipment needed; mat and towel are optional. All fitness levels welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, High-Intensity Interval Workout (virtual)

Discussion | Traditional Irish Music and Demo with a Celebrated Musician (virtual)


Join a conversation with highly-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and co-founder of the Irish American power band Solas, Seamus Egan. He will demonstrate traditional Irish instruments and chat with folklorist Stephen Winick, followed by a Q&A with attendees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Traditional Irish Music and Demo with a Celebrated Musician (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 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Classical Music | An Intimate German Advent: Vocal Works by J.S. Bach and More (virtual)


Emily Marvosh, contralto; Teresa Wakim, soprano; Adam Arceci, viola da gamba; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord Program Verbum, caro factum est, Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672) Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein, Johann Schelle (1648-1701) Bist du bei mir, Gottfried Stolzel (1690-1749) Komm in mein herzens Haus BWV 80, J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Bringt her dem Herren, Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672) Wir eilen BWV 78, J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, An Intimate German Advent: Vocal Works by J.S. Bach and More (virtual)

Dance Performance | Fireside Nutcracker: Adaptation of the Holiday Classic! (virtual)


Fireside Nutcracker brings the magic of the holiday season to your home! This virtual production adapts the timeless holiday ballet for film, featuring Tchaikovsky's stunning score, the ballet of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company dancers and classic Nutcracker characters. The streaming will be available till Dec 31, 11 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Fireside Nutcracker: Adaptation of the Holiday Classic! (virtual)

Tour | Flatiron District Tour with a Holiday Twist (virtual)


Learn about the world famous Flatiron Building, and other notable architectural icons, including New York Life Insurance Building and the MetLife Clock Tower from 1909. Discover where the first Madison Square Garden was located, and learn about the evolution and transformation of one of our country's most recognizable neighborhoods. Virtual participants can interact with the guide throughout the tour and will be able to ask questions during the Q & A session at the end.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Flatiron District Tour with a Holiday Twist (virtual)

Play | The Dying Room: Drama (virtual)


The Dying Room is a room in a nursing home where for some reason the elderly often die. Elijah, a patient in the room, sits and waits as his own is being cleaned. Here, he wrestles with death, his past, his ghosts, and his demons as they become flesh and blood reminders of his triumphs and failures. The dying room reminds that one life does not matter, except if it happens to be your life. Written by John Wesley Braswell. 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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Plays, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, The Dying Room: Drama (virtual)

Classical Music | Music as Medicine: Violinist Joshua Bell and the National Virtual Medical Orchestra Live (virtual)


They are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, doing everything possible to keep the world healthy. But when they are not in hospitals or research labs, many medical professionals find creative outlet as gifted musicians, longing for the day when we can all enjoy live concerts together again. The concert will include a performance by the National Virtual Medical Orchestra and a guest appearance by violinist Joshua Bell.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Music as Medicine: Violinist Joshua Bell and the National Virtual Medical Orchestra Live (virtual)

Concert | Afro-Caribbean Music: Grammy-Nominated Band and Others (virtual)


Join the virtual celebration of Afro-Caribbean music and culture. The performers will include Grammy-nominated band Los Pleneros de la 21 (Puerto Rican music), Phony PPL (jazz, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, soul), hip-hop / soul duo OSHUN. The event will also showcase the cultural traditions of coquito-making, Puerto Rican cocktail. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Afro-Caribbean Music: Grammy-Nominated Band and Others (virtual)

Staged Reading | Christmas Carol Encore Reading (virtual)


The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of the holiday season after a Christmas Eve haunting, features all of Charles Dickens’ beloved characters: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future...performed in record time with just 2 actors!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Christmas Carol Encore Reading (virtual)

Performance | Holidelic Christmas Party: Funk Revue with a Broadway Performer (virtual)


"A flashy, bass-heavy retro-futuristic take on the holidays." - The New Yorker In Holidelic: Home With Papadelic, Grammy nominee Everett Bradley plays the role of Papadelic, Funk's Father Christmas, a sort of amalgamation of George Clinton and Santa Claus. He goes to the videotape deck for an engaging strut down Santa Claus Lane, pouring over performances past and heavy on the funk, featuring holiday-themed songs written by Bradley. Breadley is a member of the E Street Band and Bon Jovi's touring outfits. He was the first American artist to direct and perform in Stomp, which earned him a Grammy nomination. He was a featured performer in Broadway's After Midnight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Performances, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Holidelic Christmas Party: Funk Revue with a Broadway Performer (virtual)

Concert | Musical Gala with Broadway Actors: Holiday Favorites, Carols, Musical Theater, and More (virtual)


Enjoy a program of holiday favorites and carols, musical theater highlights, as well as hit songs from Korean contemporary theater. Featuring: - EJ Zimmerman (Broadway's Les Miserables) - Joomin Hwang (KPOP; London West End's Break Out) - Daniel J Edwards (Broadway's Anything Goes) - Jinwoo Jung (Broadway's Miss Saigon; KPOP) - Dongwoo Kang (The King and I) - Q Lim (Broadway's The King and I) and a "virtual" chorus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Musical Gala with Broadway Actors: Holiday Favorites, Carols, Musical Theater, and More (virtual)

Performance | Oscar and Tony Award Winners, Principal Dancer of the NY City Ballet in a Holiday Show (virtual)


Rainn's First (and maybe only) Holiday Special is styled as a variety show and hosted by Emmy nominated actor Rainn Wilson (The Office). Directed by Tony Award winning director John Rando (Urinetown), Guests: Oscar and three-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline; Tony winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie); Lorraine Toussaint (The Glorias, Orange is the New Black); Jesse L. Martin (Rent and Law and Order); Principal with New York City Ballet Sara Mearns; Lisa Banes (The Niceties, Gone Girl); Steven Skybell (Lortel Award, Fiddler on the Roof); Tatiana Wechsler (X: or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation) and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Performances, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Oscar and Tony Award Winners, Principal Dancer of the NY City Ballet in a Holiday Show (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy (virtual)


Join live virtual stand up comedy show each Thursday at 8 pm. Different quarantined comics every week!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Stand Up Comedy (virtual)
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