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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 17, 2022?

25 free events take place on Saturday, 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, December 17, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Elf (2003): Holiday Classic with Will Ferrell, James Caan
free events nyc String Trio Plays Soul and Holidays Favorites
free events nyc Big (1988) with Tom Hanks
free events nyc Your Voices: Kinetic Sculpture and Musical Performances
free events nyc The Unseen: Motion-Capture Performance on Ice Honoring Black Figure Skaters
free events nyc Holiday Lights Tour
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Birdwatching | Birding: Bald Eagle Watch


New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Winter is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure. Bring your own binoculars
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Birdwatchings, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Birding: Bald Eagle Watch

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 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | Elf (2003): Holiday Classic with Will Ferrell, James Caan


Raised as an oversized elf, Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father, Walter Hobbs, who doesn't know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit. Directors: Jon Favreau Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart 97 min. Preceded and followed by gingerbread cookie designing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
$5
Films, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Elf (2003): Holiday Classic with Will Ferrell, James Caan

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Birdwatchings, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Workshop | Forgiveness: The Gift We Give Ourselves (online)


This class breaks down the relationship between the lack of forgiveness and the inability to move forward and find healing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Workshops, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Forgiveness: The Gift We Give Ourselves (online)

Hike | Nature in Poetry Hike


The Rangers lead a walk around the lake and reflect on poetry inspired by the outdoors. Read or write your own nature inspired poems.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Hikes, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Nature in Poetry Hike

Concert | String Trio Plays Soul and Holidays Favorites


Elise Sharp (cello), Kendall Isadore (violin), and Dawn Johnson (viola) are The String Queens, a dynamically versatile trio of women whose skills as educators, orchestrators and performers of beguiling renditions of pop, jazz, and gospel have earned them performances on the world's greatest stages, including the 2021 virtual inauguration concert for Vice President Kamala Harris. The String Queens latest album, 2022's Rise, showcases the group's accessible and vibrant sound with fresh takes on the music of contemporary soul legends. At this all-ages winter holiday concert, the trio presents music from Rise alongside festive family favorites from their EP, Our Favorite Things.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Concerts, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, String Trio Plays Soul and Holidays Favorites

Workshop | Origami Meetup


Join a group of fellow folders and share in the ancient art of Origami - the art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper, though other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws. Learn new Origami models and share paper, books, and tips, including where to find the best Origami paper in the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Origami Meetup

Book Signing | My Creative Journey: Subway Graffitti Artist of the 1970s


This book depicts the amazing journey told in pictures and stories of a Brooklyn boy that entered the secretive world of subway graffiti in the late 70’s. George Ibanez, as “Crime79,” explores his path dodging the tough streets of Brooklyn East New York his climb as a pioneering subway painter, to gallery artist and 40 years in the creative world. With many never before published photos, the artist explains stories and anecdotes of his evolution of painting New York City subways to the body of work on canvas that are held in art collections worldwide.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Book Signings, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, My Creative Journey: Subway Graffitti Artist of the 1970s

Opening Reception | Oneness: Korean American Contemporary Art


Artists: Bong Jung Kim, Chong Tae Kim, Claire Kang, David Park, Hee Ok Lee, Helen Draves, Ho Jung Yu, Hyang Lan Yun, Hyun Chough, Hyun Joo Yang, Hyun Sook Park, In Son, Jeannie Choe, Jenny Kim, Jeonghee Kim, Joo Suk Han, Juyoung Yeo, Kang Ok Cho, Keum Cha Kim, Ki Sook Park, Kisoon Griffith, Kwija Cho, Kyung Ok Yoo, Kyung Shin, Mi Sook Kim, Min Sun Park, Miran Kim, Myoung Won Kwon, Myung Sook Lho, Nam Chun Cho, Nam Hyun Chough, Nam Sook Kwon, Seong Bok Ryu, Si Young Yang, Sooyeoung Chang, Stephan Carson, Sung Eun Kim, Sung Shil Park, Yeong Heo, Yoo Sung Lee, Young Choon Kwon, Young Hee Lee, Young Lee, Young Sook Lee, Youngae Song
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Oneness: Korean American Contemporary Art

Film | The Polar Express (2004): Magical Train Trip with Tom Hanks


On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, The Polar Express (2004): Magical Train Trip with Tom Hanks

Film | The Polar Express (2004): Magical Train Trip with Tom Hanks


On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, The Polar Express (2004): Magical Train Trip with Tom Hanks

Film | Big (1988) with Tom Hanks


Nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor at the 61st Academy Awards. After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. Dir: Penny Marshall. With Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, and John Heard. 104 Min. Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks made his breakthrough with leading roles in a series of comedy films which received positive media attention, such as Splash (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992). He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for starring as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS in Philadelphia (1993) and the title character in Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks has also won seven Primetime Emmy Awards for his work as a producer of various limited series and television movies, including From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific. In 2013, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Big (1988) with Tom Hanks

Poetry Reading | Poetry Reading: The Chance Whale


A casual walkthrough and poetry reading for Gwen Smith's exhibition The Chance Whale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Poetry Reading: The Chance Whale

Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


Informal showings of new works in varying stages of development. Showings are followed by a reception, conversation, and Q&A between the artists. With Martita Abril, Nora Alami
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Dance Performances, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Dance Works-in-Progress

Slide Lecture | Raphael: Master Renaissance Painter (online)


If you have always wanted to know everything about Raphael's life and his masterpieces, this virtual tour is perfect for you. Raffaello Sanzio from Urbino, known simply as "Raphael", is considered the best-loved and most emblematic Renaissance painter, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings and drawings. In his short life, Raffaello left behind an incredible legacy. He quickly moved from his small town of Urbino to the heart of the Renaissance--Florence--before being summoned to Rome, where he would spend the rest of his life. In 1508 Pope Julius II commissioned Raphael to paint a series which would include his magnum opus, "The School of Athens." From oil paintings and frescos to tapestries to architecture, Raphael was an artist who mastered anything that was thrown his way. It's no wonder that he, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, are responsible for shaping this era in art history. After his death in 1520, his reputation only grew over time. Get ready for a journey through the mind of the "divine painter." Be led by a passionate guide through Raphael's outstanding Italian artworks. It will be an incredible opportunity to discover some of the major masterpieces in the history of art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Slide Lectures, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Raphael: Master Renaissance Painter (online)

Discussion | The Mainstreaming of Graffiti


A discussion led by New York art critic Carlo McCormick will explore graffiti’s intersection and dissemination into popular culture with artists who have played a primary role. Panelists: Lee Quinones, Dave Chino, Crash, Charlie Ahearn
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, The Mainstreaming of Graffiti

Workshop | Unlock Your Creative Potential


Engage in fun idea generating exercises and work together to get results and find joy in the writing process. This workshop will explore foundational writing techniques and best practices. All writers of any experience level are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Unlock Your Creative Potential

Party | Christmas Party Kaleidoscope


Its a family friendly affair. Good music including Keith 'The Captain' Gamble, The Bomb Shelter, and Clean Money Music. Come to dance, rekindle old friendships and make new ones. Snacks served. Bazaar for holiday gifts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Partys, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Christmas Party Kaleidoscope

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue

Opening Reception | Moving Forward: The Future of Photography


A vision of the future with the new generation of photographers. This show is a gathering of diverse visions and backgrounds with one commonality, the camera. It’s a show that commemorates the past practices of the photographic image while putting on display new methods of visual storytelling.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Moving Forward: The Future of Photography

Concert | Your Voices: Kinetic Sculpture and Musical Performances


Es Devlin's kinetic sculpture is formed of 700 glowing cords expressing the 700 languages currently spoken in New York City, which are tensioned between a series of structural arcs, enveloping visitors within a revolving illuminated network as it rotates north, south, east and west through a multilingual soundscape which interweaves languages drawn from all over the city: from Algerian Arabic, Alsation, Azeri and Ashanti to Zapotec, Zarma and Zulu. As the sculpture revolves, it acts as a lens between the viewer and their surroundings. The viewer's perspective is spliced and framed by the shifting strands of the sculpture as it turns, evoking the way our perspectives are enriched and shaped by experiencing the linguistic structures and identities of others, amidst a soundscape composed by the contemporary composers, Polyphonia, in which the powerful text from EM Forster's 1910 novel Howards End has been translated into multiple overlaid languages: "Only connect, and live in fragments no longer." Performances by multiligual singing groups will include Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir, The Jalopy Chorus, and Our Chorus NYC
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Your Voices: Kinetic Sculpture and Musical Performances

Performance | The Unseen: Motion-Capture Performance on Ice Honoring Black Figure Skaters


The Unseen is a real-time motion capture performance on ice showcasing, celebrating, and honoring Black figure skaters of the past and present. Visuals will be projected on the ice blending the stories of the future-past. This work explores and discovers Blackness both in the context of race, as well as outside of race. Blackness as invisible(transparent), unknown(unseen), and expansive. Blackness as magic, unbound by colonial markers such as time, gender, race, class, sexuality etc. How do we navigate, and heal by accessing the unseen? How might we honor and channel the stories of our ancestors as an embodied experience, and how can we save that information for generations to come?
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Performances, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, The Unseen: Motion-Capture Performance on Ice Honoring Black Figure Skaters

City Walk | Holiday Lights Tour


It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Lighting and window displays we visit on the tour: (tentative until displays are up): Rockefeller Center St. Patrick's Cathedral Saks Fifth Ave Macy's Herald Square Bergdorf Goodman Tiffany and Co. and much more Rain, snow or shine. Dress appropriate for the weather (jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and layers).
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
City Walks, December 17, 2022, 12/17/2022, Holiday Lights Tour
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Lecture | Jewish History

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Musical | Classic Musical

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