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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 15, 2021?

12 free events take place on Wednesday, December 15 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 15 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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12 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Author Reading | Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb (online)


Author Togzhan Kassenova's new book tells the untold true story of how the obscure country of Kazakhstan said no to the most powerful weapons in human history. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the marginalized Central Asian republic suddenly found itself with the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal on its territory. Would it give up these fire-ready weapons—or try to become a Central Asian North Korea? This book takes us inside Kazakhstan’s extraordinary and little-known nuclear history from the Soviet period to the present. For Soviet officials, Kazakhstan’s steppe was not an ecological marvel or beloved homeland, but an empty patch of dirt ideal for nuclear testing. Two-headed lambs were just the beginning of the resulting public health disaster for Kazakhstan—compounded, when the Soviet Union collapsed, by the daunting burden of becoming an overnight nuclear power.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Author Readings, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb (online)

Tour | Christmas in Paris: Paris Opera and Galeries Lafayette (livestream)


You will start from the majestic Paris Opera, all lit up, then pass through a dark street to arrive to the magic of Christmas at the Galeries Lafayette. The charming windows and the giant Christmas tree are of course there!
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Christmas in Paris: Paris Opera and Galeries Lafayette (livestream)

Concert | Mini Concert By Women's Chamber Choir


Angelica Women's Chamber Choir, directed by Marie Caruso, presents Out of Darkness in December. Highlights of this program include 16th-century Catalan villancicos "E la don don, Verges Maria," "Fum fum fum," and "Riu riu, chiu"; traditional Christmas carols "Gaudete" and "Patapan"; Poulenc's "Ave Maria"; Esenvalds's "Lux Aeterna"; and the premiere of "Hine Ma Tov/Sim Shalom," Hebrew hymns of unity and peace arranged by composer Julie Dolphin. Joining Angelica is percussionist Rex Benincasa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:10 pm
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Concerts, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Mini Concert By Women's Chamber Choir

Film | Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama


An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 130 min. Director: Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama

Book Discussion | Sandfuture: The Life of Architect Minoru Yamasaki


Blending memoir, biography and architectural history, Sandfuture circles outward from the central narrative of Yamasaki's life to examine subjects that range from the image of the architect in literature and film to the changing character of the contemporary art world to the broader social and political implications of how cities are built. Author and artist Justin Beal in conversation with curator Sohrab Mohebbi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Sandfuture: The Life of Architect Minoru Yamasaki

Author Reading | Scientist: E. O. Wilson: A Life in Nature (online)


Few biologists in the long history of that science have been as productive, as groundbreaking, and as controversial as the Alabama-born Edward Osborne Wilson. At 91 years of age, he may be the most eminent American scientist in any field. Fascinated from an early age by the natural world in general and ants in particular, his field work on them and on all social insects has vastly expanded our knowledge of their many species and fascinating ways of being.    This work led to his 1975 book Sociobiology, which created an intellectual firestorm from his contention that all animal behavior, including that of humans, is governed by the laws of evolution and genetics. Subsequently, Wilson has become a leading voice on the crucial importance to all life of biodiversity and has worked tirelessly to synthesize the fields of science and the humanities in a fruitful way.    Author Richard Rhodes is himself a towering figure in the field of science writing, and he has had complete and unfettered access to Wilson, his associates, and his papers in writing this book. The result is one of the most accomplished and anticipated and urgently needed scientific biographies in years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Scientist: E. O. Wilson: A Life in Nature (online)

Workshop | Bingo with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


Come for fun, leave with prizes. Enjoy 5-6 games of Bingo hosted by Joel Jeske.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Bingo with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Discussion | Portraying Our Communities: Latinx Photography Past and Present (online)


On the occasion of the current exhibition En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974, this is a conversation with contemporary photographers Sebastian Hidalgo and Star Montana. Working in their hometowns of Pilsen, Chicago, and East Los Angeles respectively, the two photographers represent new generations of Latinx photographers whose practices reflect a shared, community-driven ethos with the Bronx-based collective. Moderated by El Museo’s Curator Susanna V. Temkin, the discussion will center on Hidalgo and Montana’s current projects, and will consider the significance as well as on-going challenges of centering Latinx narratives within contemporary photography. The conversation will be preceded by an introduction and virtual walk-through of the exhibition.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Portraying Our Communities: Latinx Photography Past and Present (online)

Performance | Gay Green: Performance Evoking Queer History


Tthe latest performance featuring Enid Ellen, artist David Mramor's ongoing persona and musical project. Enid was born out of private performances from the artist's childhood, which first took place in their mother's closet, eventually with her as their audience. Following his mother's death, Mramor continued performing in drag, often with the makeup and clothing she left behind--discovering a way to recreate the freeing, compassionate space she provided in his youth. For Gay Green, Mramor steps into Enid, performing covers and original songs that bring together different time periods and people within queer history. With green makeup evocative of a wicked witch, and references to Hibiscus--the legendary founder of early-70s San Francisco drag-queen troupe The Cockettes--the performance pays homage to cinema, fashion, nature, and gay icons, with nostalgic nods to Mramor's personal history and the history of drag.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Performances, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Gay Green: Performance Evoking Queer History

Poetry Reading | Poetry, Spoken-Word, Music and Art


Wwith Haleh Liza Gafori and Fatima Rahmati and the launch of a new graphic novel by Syd Fini -- Saah. Additional music performance by Shahzad Ismaily and Haleh Liza Gafori.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, Poetry, Spoken-Word, Music and Art

Jazz | The Great American Holiday Songbook Concert (online)


By age 28, this trumpeter and singer has proven to be a rare talent: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular in the vein of Kenny Dorham and Blue Mitchell, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of originally composed vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). And he’s a highly capable pianist as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 15, 2021, 12/15/2021, The Great American Holiday Songbook Concert (online)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

Regular Price: $69
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Play | Broadway Actors In A Thriller

Regular Price: $43
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Concert | 'A Superb Performer' and Her Band

Regular Price: $45
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Performance | Courtroom and Political Storis

Regular Price: $by invitation only
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Classical Music | Schubert, Debussy and More: Voice and Piano

Regular Price: $35
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