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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 21, 2022?

19 free events take place on Wednesday, December 21 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 21 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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19 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, December 21, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
        

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 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Other | Get Together and Make Music to Celebrate the Solstice


A special solstice program that celebrates the astronomical meaning of the day. If you have an instrument that you can play while mobile, join members of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars for a joyous ringing of tones, chords and rhythm that can include acoustic guitars, accordions, glockenspiels, saxophones, dumbeks, melodicas, violins, you name it. Just as the sun "stands still" on every solstice, the musical "parade" will mark the occasion by the ringing of a bell and a special performative minute to the surprise of all onlookers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:55 am
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Others, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Get Together and Make Music to Celebrate the Solstice

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Jazz | Standards from the American Songbook


Jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. Bill Wurtzel began playing guitar at age 9, and was a radio and TV country music performer by age 12. He attended art school and had a career as an award-winning advertising creative director. He continued to play professionally and switched to music full time in 1989. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends, including the Count Basie Countsmen, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, singers Gloria Lynne and Terri Thornton, as well as Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Standards from the American Songbook

Film | Remember the Titans (2000) with Denzel Washington


The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Dir: Boaz Yakin. With Will Patton, Donald Faison, and Nicole Ari Parker. 114 Min. Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for his performances on the screen and stage, he has been described as an actor who reconfigured "the concept of classic movie stardom". He is also known for his frequent collaborations with directors Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua, and Tony Scott. Throughout his career spanning over four decades, Washington has received numerous accolades, including a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. In 2016, he received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2020, The New York Times named him the greatest actor of the 21st century. In 2022, Washington received the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him by President Joe Biden.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Remember the Titans (2000) with Denzel Washington

Workshop | Holiday Harmonica Jam Session


Harmonica virtuoso Jiayi He, featured on America's Got Talent, will lead a crash course in how to play the harmonica and then lead participants in a jam session to showcase their new skills with performances of holiday classics such as Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Here Comes Santa Claus, Silent Night, and more. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and this is a perfect program for beginners and kids!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Holiday Harmonica Jam Session

Parade | Partake in a Percussive Parade


Join the fun as dancers, fiddlers and pickers (guitars, banjos and mandolins) parade down Flatbush Avenue playing old-time tunes while flatfooting, a form of percussive dancing from Appalachia. This season's event will also highlight other forms of percussive dancing from cultures around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Parades, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Partake in a Percussive Parade

Concert | Winter Luminaria with Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars


The event will take place in a garden set aglow with enchanting lights on Winter Solstice. Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars was created in 2011 for the inaugural Make Music Winter festival by composer/performer Patrick Grant. Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into their own sonic narratives. Since its inception, Grant has produced a number of Tilted Axes processions in various cities upon three continents. The group will perform works by Grant and ensemble members plus music by Glass, Monteverdi, and Hendrix. Choreography is by Christopher Caines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Winter Luminaria with Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Concert | Works by Glass, Monteverdi, and Hendrix for Guitar


Composer Patrick Grant and Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars present an evening of innovative musical performance featuring a performance of works by Grant and ensemble members, plus Philip Glass, Claudio Monteverdi, and Jimi Hendrix. Tilted Axes was created in 2011 for the inaugural Make Music Winter festival by Detroit-born, NYC-based composer/performer Patrick Grant. Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into their own sonic narratives. Since its inception, Grant has produced a number of Tilted Axes processions in various cities upon three continents.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Works by Glass, Monteverdi, and Hendrix for Guitar

Concert | Play-Along to Holiday Ukelele Song


In a celebratory program led by local singer/songwriter and ukelele whiz Gwendolyn Fritz, players of all skill levels are welcomed to participate in this group play-along. Song slections will include classic holiday and repertoire tunes for the ukulele.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Play-Along to Holiday Ukelele Song

Parade | Puerto Rican Holida Parade


Partake in this procession, or parranda - the Puerto Rican tradition of caroling. Based in the music of plena and other holiday songs from the island, this festive parade will be led by members of the Bronx music and cultural community, including Jorge Vazquez, Matthew Gonzalez and Bobby Sanabria. Each stop along the parranda will be a different casita, the little houses that evoke the houses of the countryside in Puerto Rico, ending at the casita renowned for its musical legacy: Rincon Criollo Centro Cultural, aka "La Casita de Chema."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Parades, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Puerto Rican Holida Parade

Concert | Ring in the Holidays with a Handbell Concert


Spread Christmas cheer with a handbell-ringing event perfect for all ages. Color-coded bells will be distributed to revelers that play different notes and everyone will be given a crash course in handbell basics. Then, a team of conductors will wave matching color-coded flags, prompting the participants to collectively contribute to soundscapes that intensify as the group learns to play together. This season features the world premiere of new compositions by drummer and drone musicians Brian Chase, of the Grammy-nominated band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Glenn Kotche of Wilco, named one of the "Greatest Drummers of All Time" by Rolling Stone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Ring in the Holidays with a Handbell Concert

Concert | Sing Medieval Melodies


Led by conductor James John, artistic director of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, headlamp-clad singers will walk a route along Riverside Park making stops at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and other landmarks to sing medieval melodies once sung on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Singers of all skill levels are invited to join, from beginners to early music specialists. Headlamps and music scores will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Sing Medieval Melodies

Concert | Spread Holiday Cheer Caroling Handel's Classic


Producer Melissa Gerstein and conductor Douglas Anderson team up once again to lead this mobile Hallelujah, bringing the classical piece to the streets of NYC. Participating singers will gather at seven popular midtown locations to sing the famously uplifting Hallelujah Chorus from George Fredric Handel's Messiah, using their smartphones to keep in sync and in tune and surprising passersby with seemingly spontaneous outbursts of the most famous choral piece in history. Any singer who knows their part to the chorus is welcomed and encouraged to participate simply by showing up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Spread Holiday Cheer Caroling Handel's Classic

Musical | A Series of Musical Movie Scenes Featuring Broadway Actors


Directed by Q Lim and Daniel Edwards, this special event will take audiences on a journey through some of the best musical scenes from Aladdin, Frozen, The Phantom of the Opera, The Greatest Showman, and more. Q Lim is a Korean actor and a certified vocal coach who made her principal debut on Broadway at Lincoln Center in The King and I. Q was also in the original cast of The King and I on Broadway Tour. Daniel J Edwards is a Broadway singer and actor who has starred in the Anything Goes Revival on Broadway, The King and I National Tour, Road Show at NYCC Encores, Disney's Mulan, and more All royal guests from magical kingdoms and fairylands are welcome - royal attire or related costumes are recommended, but not required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, A Series of Musical Movie Scenes Featuring Broadway Actors

Dance Performance | Participate in Cultural Dances


Accompanied by live musicians, several dance troupes will showcase the cultural diversity of Queens by teaching basic dance moves and percussive rhythms, transforming spectators into performers. Handheld percussion instruments will be distributed to attendees while supplies last. Perfect for kids and families!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Participate in Cultural Dances

Talk | Artist Talk: Revisited Histories (online)


This virtual artist talk with Traci Talasco will delve into her new exhibition, Revisited Histories. Traci Talasco’s site-specific installations address the retelling of history with its mistakes, inaccuracies, or details purposely left out. Viewing the space through a de-colonialist lens, her use of pink erasers and bars of ivory soap recontextualize the familiar in poetic ways. Talasco has spent almost two years working on this project, and she will be discussing the concepts in the work, her research, and her process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Artist Talk: Revisited Histories (online)

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
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7:00 pm
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City Walks, December 21, 2022, 12/21/2022, Holiday Lights Tour
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Concert | Broadway Singers, Harmonica and Chamber Musicians

Regular Price: $25
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Mahler, and More

Regular Price: $35.00
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