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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 16, 2021?

14 free events take place on Thursday, 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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14 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, December 16, 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 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | Holiday Affair (1949): A Romantic Comedy Set In Christmas


A young widow is romanced by a sales clerk whom she inadvertently got fired. 87 min. Director: Don Hartman. Starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey. Holiday Affair was based on the story Christmas Gift by John D. Weaver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Holiday Affair (1949): A Romantic Comedy Set In Christmas

Fair | Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats


Loseyourself in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans and designers. It is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the splendor of winter in New York City. Nov 29 - Dec 24 Monday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm Sunday 11am - 7pm Closed at 4pm on Christmas Eve
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Fairs, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Museumss, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Book Discussion | Book Discussion in a Digital Space (Online)


Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature.  Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Book Discussion in a Digital Space (Online)

Gallery Talk | Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)


This hour-long tour, led by Nicole Haroutunian, take participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)

Classical Music | Works By Joseph Haydn And Michael Haydn (In Person and Online)


Olivier Brault, violin; Loretta O'Sullivan, cello; Andrew Appel, harpsichord. The mature works of Joseph Haydn are beloved, particularly by professional musicians who have the opportunity to perform these works. Joseph Haydn's earlier works, prophetic of the mature genius, give extraordinary pleasure when performed and heard. The works of his brilliant, if often tipsy brother Michael, live in the shadow of the London Symphonies and String Quartets of Joseph though they merit appreciation and celebration. This program offers two early keyboard trios of Joseph's and a lyrical "Mozartian" Divertimento for violin and cello by Michael. The Four Nations Ensemble has been performing in New York City, throughout the United States and in Europe and South America since 1986. Recordings, concerts, college residencies and arts in education have given the ensemble every chance to enrich the lives of a various and diverse audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Works By Joseph Haydn And Michael Haydn (In Person and Online)

Film | The Awful Truth (1937): Oscar Winning Comedy with Cary Grant


Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. 90 min. Director: Leo McCarey. Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy. In 1996, The Awful Truth was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, having been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It won an Academy Award for Best Director and also had five other Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, The Awful Truth (1937): Oscar Winning Comedy with Cary Grant

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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Films, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama

Discussion | Philosophy of Race and Racism: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future of a Field (online)


A panel discussion on the development, current state, and future of the philosophy of race and racism, featuring four prominent leaders in the field.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Philosophy of Race and Racism: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future of a Field (online)

Book Discussion | Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game (online)


Author and boxing aficionado Todd D. Snyder about his new book along with special guest and Wu-Tang producer Bronze Nazareth. Interviewing champion fighters and music legends, Snyder uncovers the unique connection between hip-hop and the sweet science, tracing a grassroots cultural movement from its origins in the South Bronx to its explosion across the globe and ultimately into the charged environment of the prize ring. Step into a world of rap moguls turned fight promoters, boxers turned rappers, and rappers turned boxers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game (online)
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Concerts, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Piano Works by Schumann and More

Concert | Grammy-Nominated Mexican Singer and Composer


New York-based, Grammy-nominated, Mexican singer and composer Magos Herrera is one of the most expressive, beautiful voices in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. Herrera is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Latin American melodies and rhythms, in a style that elegantly blends boundaries. In her return to our stage (physical and virtual) she will be joined by the Magos Herrera Quartet, an acoustic quartet that incorporates harmonic jazz principles and improvisational elements that includes guitarist Vinícius Gomes, bassist Sam Minaie, and drummer Alex Kautz. Magos Herrera Quartet and a string quartet comprised of members of the orchestral collective The Knights will present music that Magos produced during the COVID isolation. The program will include new arrangements, songs included in the 2020 album Con Alma, and new original music written by Herrera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Grammy-Nominated Mexican Singer and Composer

Classical Music | Symphony Orchestra Performs Works By Mahler And More


The program by American Symphony Orchestra paints a portrait of Mahler's residency in New York City through works by his lesser-known contemporaries including George Whitefield Chadwick, Alphons Diepenbrock, and Henry Hadley. Mahler's famous Adagio from his Symphony No. 10 will also be performed. Program George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) Melpomene Overture (1887) Henry Hadley (1871-1937) The Culprit Fay, Op. 62 (1908) Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921) Hymne an die Nacht (1899) Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (1910) Doors will open at 6 pm Ticket holders are welcome to a for a pre-concert talk at 7 pm Program will begin at 8 pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Symphony Orchestra Performs Works By Mahler And More
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

Regular Price: $69
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Play | Broadway Actors In A Thriller

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Concert | 'A Superb Performer' and Her Band

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Performance | Courtroom and Political Storis

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Classical Music | Schubert, Debussy and More: Voice and Piano

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