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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 25, 2020?

12 free events take place on Friday, December 25 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 25 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, December 25, 2020

All events, things to do on Friday, December 25, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

Film | Jingle Bell Rocks! (2014): Live Performances, Interviews, Rare Archive Footage (virtual)


In Jingle Bell Rocks!, director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world's most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes - including hip hop legend Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. In his search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin both asks and answers the question, "Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?" "Amazing. Touching. Original. Psychotronic... Jingle Bell Rocks! is all that and a little more"- La Presse "A surprisingly bittersweet doc."- The Hollywood Reporter "A charming, witty film."- The Chicago Tribune The film is available for viewing anytime of the day and night until Dec 31st.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
$6
Films, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Jingle Bell Rocks! (2014): Live Performances, Interviews, Rare Archive Footage (virtual)

Play | A Christmas Carol in Harlem: Holiday Family Classic (virtual)


Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with Classical Theatre of Harlem's signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. A Christmas Carol in Harlem places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community. This archival stream can be streamed anytime of the day and night until Jan 3rd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Plays, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, A Christmas Carol in Harlem: Holiday Family Classic (virtual)

Concert | A Family Christmas: Holiday Songs, Chorus, Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph (virtual)


Share this holiday experience with the whole family. Hear Carol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Let it Snow, Sleigh Ride and more! Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph! Great for children ages 5 and up. Performers Symphonic Chorus; Scott Tucker, conductor; Brandon Straub, conductor; Brass Ensemble The concert can be streamed anytime of the day and night until Jan 1st.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, A Family Christmas: Holiday Songs, Chorus, Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph (virtual)

Musical | All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (virtual)


The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing "Stille Nacht." Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. Written and directed by Peter Rothstein Music direction by Erick Lichte The event can be streamed anytime of the day and night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Musicals, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (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 event can be streamed anytime of the day and night until Dec 31, 11 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Fireside Nutcracker: Adaptation of the Holiday Classic! (virtual)

Concert | Oscar-Nominated, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo in Concert (virtual)


Enjoy a soulful evening of song from one of Broadway's brightest stars. Seamlessly making the transition from the stage to the big screen, Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple before starring in several films, including Steve McQueen's Widows. The concert is a recording from May, 2019. It can be streamed anytime of the day and night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Oscar-Nominated, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo in Concert (virtual)

Musical | Peter Pan: Family Adventure! (virtual)


Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe--the award-winning songwriting duo behind Broadway's smash hit Mary Poppins. Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland--but beware of Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. The event can be streamed anytime of the day and night until Jan 1st.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Musicals, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Peter Pan: Family Adventure! (virtual)

Museums | The 38th Annual Wreath Exhibition (virtual)


The exhibition brings in the holiday season with an array of imaginative and unusual wreaths, with nearly 40 wreaths displayed. This year's wreaths feature unexpected materials like paintbrushes, newspapers, aluminum cans, coconut husks and shells, work gloves, earrings, grains and spices, and matchbooks. Some wreaths address timely topics like COVID-19, working remotely, and creative reuse and recycling, while others serve as a lighthearted inspiration and symbols of hope. The exhibition can be viewed anytime of the day and night until Jan 4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, The 38th Annual Wreath Exhibition (virtual)

Dance Performance | The Nutcracker! (virtual)


Enjoy this timeless holiday classic. The ballet continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of all generations across the world. The event can be streamed anytime of the day and night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, The Nutcracker! (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
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11:00 am
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Fairs, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Winter Village: Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)

Play | Short Plays by Emmy Nominee: Love, Pain, Passion and Joy (virtual)


Crossroads is a collection of 6 plays, written and directed by Obie winner and Emmy-nominated Israela Margalit (Gold Medal The New York Film and Television Festival). Cast: Matthew Boston, Christian Conn, Tracey Conyer Lee, Lynda Gravatt, Renata Hinrichs, PJ Johnnie, Rita Rehn, Sturgis Warner, Keona Welch, Jennifer Dorr White.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Plays, December 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Short Plays by Emmy Nominee: Love, Pain, Passion and Joy (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (virtual)


This deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, was part of the Met's popular English-language holiday series. Alice Coote and Christine Schafer star as the famous siblings lost in the woods, who battle the ravenous Witch--a zany portrayal by tenor Philip Langridge--while the Met orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, glories in the rich, folk-inspired score. 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 25, 2020, 12/25/2020, Met Opera: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (virtual)
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