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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 18, 2020?

21 free events take place on Friday, December 18 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 18 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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21 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, December 18, 2020

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

Concert | Home for The Holidays: Concert with Broadway Actors (virtual)


A stellar lineup of theater favorites will show there's no place like Broadway for the holidays as they welcome you into their homes and hearts during Home for the Holidays. The lineup will include Carolee Carmello, Alan Cumming, Andre De Shields, Lena Hall, Heather Headley, Ramin Karimloo, Karen Olivo, Jelani Remy, Conrad Ricomora, Jennifer Sanchez and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices and others. The event will be streaming through Dec 19th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Home for The Holidays: Concert with Broadway Actors (virtual)

Discussion | The Queen's Gambit: Jodie Foster, Oscar-Nominated Director and Cast Discuss the Show (virtual)


Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director (Logan; Out of Sight) Scott Frank and powerhouse female cast of their new Netflix limited series The Queen's Gambit join Jodie Foster for an in-depth conversation about the making of the show. Based on the Walter Trevis novel about a Cold War-era chess prodigy, it's a coming-of-age story like no other--a complex portrait that follows a young girl from a Kentucky orphanage into the upper echelons of competitive chess as she discovers her preternatural talent for the game--along with the demons that haunt her pursuit of a new life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Discussions, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, The Queen's Gambit: Jodie Foster, Oscar-Nominated Director and Cast Discuss the Show&nbsp;(virtual)

Tour | Christmas Lights in West Berlin Live (virtual)


It's the most wonderful time of the year in Berlin with the city lit up by millions of lights and an overwhelming spirit of Christmas. You will embrace the spirit by diving into the sea of lights flowing from Ku?damm street. Along the way you'll get to see the world renowned KaDeWe department store, with all of its Christmassy decorative wonders, and a winter wonderland set up around the memorial church.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Christmas Lights in West Berlin Live (virtual)

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
11:00 am
Free
Fairs, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Winter Village: Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)

Concert | Holiday Brass with The NY Philharmonic: Jingle Bells and More! (virtual)


The NY Philharmonic Brass and Percussion -- reunited with former Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith as conductor / host / trumpet -- recorded a concert this year outdoors at Montclair State University. Please note: the event can be viewed on the day and time specified in the listing, not before. The streaming will be available through Jan 4th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Holiday Brass with The NY Philharmonic: Jingle Bells and More! (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
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12:00 pm
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Fairs, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Holiday Market: Gifts, Crafts, Food, Drinks and More (in-person)

Tour | Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces (live-streamed from the tour site, virtual)


Take a meander along the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces and through time to learn how ancient seas, continental shifts, ice ages and volcanism have created the beautiful, otherworldly springs that lay before us today--and learn why it could look different tomorrow! Led by Ashea, who spent twenty five years exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces (live-streamed from the tour site, virtual)

Musical | Kinky Boots! Hit Musical (virtual)


Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen. Starring Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly and written by the incredible duo of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein! The show will be streaming for 48 hrs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Musicals, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Kinky Boots! Hit Musical (virtual)

Discussion | Winner of International Tchaikovsky Competition and Acclaimed Composer in Conversation (virtual)


Violinist Jennifer Koh, winner of International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki Philharmonics; Cleveland, Mariinsky, Philadelphia, and Philharmonia (London) Orchestras. She has premiered more than 100 works written especially for her. David T. Little is "one of the most imaginative young composers" on the scene (The New Yorker), with "a knack for overturning musical conventions" (The New York Times). His music has been presented by the LA Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, LA Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, Kennedy Center, Opera de Montreal, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They will discuss the complexity and nuance of the collaborative process. Using Little's solo violin work obscure clues and shiny objects as a jumping off point, this conversation will explore idiomatic writing, creative process, and the nuts and bolts of a successful world premiere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Discussions, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Winner of International Tchaikovsky Competition and Acclaimed Composer in Conversation (virtual)

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
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, 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 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Comedy and Music in a Park (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 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Classical Music | Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Hanukkah Songs and Holiday Favorites (virtual)


Bloomingdale School of Music presents a virtual Holiday Concert, featuring faculty and students in music of the season. The program includes holiday favorites "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Sleigh Ride", "Once Upon a Dream" from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Hanukkah Songs and Holiday Favorites (virtual)

Classical Music | Bach's Branderburg Concertos (virtual)


Performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. All-Bach Program Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 (1720) Original performance December 19, 2017 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1720) Original performance December 16, 2014 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1720) Original performance December 18, 2018 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720) Original performance December 15, 2015 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (1720) Original performance December 2019 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 (1720) Original performance December 20, 2016
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Bach's Branderburg&nbsp;Concertos (virtual)

Classical Music | Beethoven’s Egmont (virtual)


Enjoy a landmark performance of Beethoven’s complete Egmont, his musical setting of the 1787 play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, by China NCPA Orchestra. Lü Jia, conductor; Sun Qiang, narrator; Song Yuanming, soprano; Translation by LI Jianming.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Beethoven&rsquo;s Egmont (virtual)

Concert | 15th Annual Holiday Show: Pop Trio and Guests Live (virtual)


Pop trio BETTY is performing their 15th Annual Holiday Show with Gloria Steinem. Other musical guests include Canadian singer songwriter Jane Siberry and Everett Bradley from Bon Jovi and the E Street Band. Entertainment for anyone "(Stuck at) Home for the Holidays!"
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, 15th Annual Holiday Show: Pop Trio and Guests Live (virtual)

Classical Music | Beethoven: Piano Four-Hands (virtual)


Beethoven’s compositions for piano four-hands performed by Hannah Harnest, NYU Piano Studies Alumna, Studio of Marilyn Nonken; Markus Kaitila, NYU Piano Studies Alumnus, Studio of Eteri Andjaparidze. Program Sonata in D Major, Op. 6 Three Marches, Op. 45 Eight Variations on a Theme of Count von Waldstein, WoO 67 Six Variations on the Song “Ich denke dein”, WoO 74
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Beethoven:&nbsp;Piano Four-Hands (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
8:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Christmas Carol Encore Reading (virtual)

Jazz | Holiday Classics: Renowned New Orleans Jazz Pianist, Band and Others (virtual)


This festive evening will bring the sounds of the season to your home. New Orleans pianist, vocalist and composer Matt Lemmler, who has toured with The Phantom of the Opera, will be joined by a jazz band and guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Holiday Classics: Renowned New Orleans Jazz Pianist, Band and Others (virtual)

Concert | Holiday Family Show: Music, Dance, and More (virtual)


Join this holiday event filled with musical and dance performances and a doggie fashion show! Award ceremony will also be held to recognize a community individual and groups who have gone above and beyond to make a difference during the pandemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Holiday Family Show: Music, Dance, and More (virtual)

Performance | Superspread The Cheer: Variety Show (virtual)


A holiday variety show determined to make you laugh in spite of it all!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Suggested donation $5
Performances, December 18, 2020, 12/18/2020, Superspread The Cheer: Variety Show (virtual)
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