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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 3, 2023?

31 free events take place on Sunday, December 3 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 3 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, December 3, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Holiday-Themed Historic Walking Tour
free events nyc Sing the Medieval Chants of the Advent and Christmas Seasons
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many -- Includes Holiday Lights Tour


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 Holiday Lights Tour
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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City Walk | Manhattan and Brooklyn Walk


Slower pace 5-6 miles, 3.5-4.5 hours. Walk through the Manhattan financial district and then over the Brooklyn Bridge through Brooklyn Heights to Atlantic Ave. Bring water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:15 am
$5

Tour | Historic Flatiron-Nomad District Walking Tour


Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Rain or shine. Every Sunday at 11 am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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City Walk | Holiday-Themed Historic Walking Tour


A professional guide leads a 90-minute tour highlighting Flatiron and NoMad's holiday history, including the Star of Hope, the first public Christmas tree, the international toy and gift center, and Dr. Clement Clarke Moore's country home where he wrote his 1822 poem "'Twas The Night Before Christmas."
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Film | The Day I Became a Woman (2000): Women's Lives in Iran


A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf Stars: Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh 74 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Chamber Music


   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Works by Dvorak, Debussy, and More (In Person AND Online)


Program Dvorak (1841-1904), Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 Franz Danzi (1763-1826), Wind Quintet in G minor, Op. 56, No. 2 Jeff Scott, Startin' Sumthin' Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, L. 85
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Performance | Washington's Farewell to His Officers Reenactment


On December 4, 1783, nine days after the last British soldiers left American soil, General George Washington visited Fraunces Tavern. He invited his officers from the Continental Army to the Long Room to thank them for their service, and to bid them farewell. After embracing each officer and wishing them well, Washington left for Annapolis, where he would resign his military commission before traveling on to Mount Vernon. The only first-hand account of this emotional goodbye comes from The Memoirs of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge, which the museum has on display. The reenactment of the farewell will be given in the actual room where George Washington bade farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783. Start times: 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
$1

Poetry Reading | 14th Annual PoetryFest


A step away from the din of Midtown—and a haven from devices and other distractions—PoetryFest sets its own pace for an exchange of emotions and ideas through the words of bards from both sides of the Atlantic. In this engaging “literary revelry” (New Yorker) curated by Nick Laird, we configure our flexible theatre into its most intimate setting for readings and conversations that celebrate the poet’s capacity to sculpt words into breathtaking visions of our world. 1pm // Mary Noonan and Tom Sleigh 2:30pm // Desert Island Poems: Thomas McCarthy and Sharon Olds, in conversation with Nick Laird. Each poet chooses 5 poems they would bring to a desert island with them. 4pm // Thomas McCarthy and Sharon Olds
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Dance Performance | The Nutcracker: Tchiakovsky's Beloved Holiday Ballet


Experience a performance set to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz and World Music Festival


Vocal jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | Rebecca Doll Day


Calling fans of the American Girl dolls of all ages! They are celebrating with a full day of fun inspired by the story of Rebecca Rubin, a young Jewish girl living in New York City in 1914 who dreams of becoming an actress. There willl be a discussion with Jacqueline Dembar Greene, author of American Girl’s Rebecca series, Hanukkah- and Rebecca-inspired crafts, a tour of the museum’s exhibitions inspired by Rebecca, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concert | Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music (in-person and online)


A sea-music event, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music - the original NYC chantey sing - continues. This is a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. How did the old time sailors keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news -- all were part of the repertoire onboard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Music


   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Adrienne Ottenberg: On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Remarkable Women...and One Scoundrel


This show celebrates women who lived or worked in the vibrant immigrant neighborhood at the turn of the twentieth century. Portraits printed on silk or cotton banners float ethereally over a tableau of street maps depicting the places where these women worked and lived. The figures depicted in the exhibit were responsible for groundbreaking developments in law, the arts, politics, social work, business, and education which we take for granted today, such as the eight-hour work day, child labor regulations, and women's rights. Among the twenty-nine women featured are bathhouse owner and entrepreneur Gittel Nadelson, political activist Frances Perkins, public healthcare champion Elizabeth Tyler, and dedicated suffragette Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. This exhibition will be accompanied by an audio guide available through Bloomberg Connects. Through Ottenberg's map-based works, iconic women reach out to us through time, shaping society today and cementing their places in New York history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Works by Brahms, Robert Schumann, and More (In Person AND Online)


Program John Harbison (b. 1938), Quintet for Winds Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Summer Music Brahms (1833-1897), Viola Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 Brahms (1833-1897), Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | Film Historian Richard Peña in Conversation


The career of Richard Peña spans a thirty-plus-year period of enormous transformation in global film culture. In this event, Peña will discuss his career as a film programmer and educator in conversation with MoMA curator Josh Siegel. What does a programmer do? And what is their responsibility in curating films and film history for an audience?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz and World Music Festival


Bluegrass Ensemble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Classical Music | Sing the Medieval Chants of the Advent and Christmas Seasons


Sing the medieval chants of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Learn how to read, sing, and interpret plainsong. Directed by Thomas Wilson, Musical Director of NYC's new School of Sacred Music. The singing is followed by a mulled wine and sweatmeats reception. All music provided on the day. Just bring a pencil and a bottle or flask of water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Ensemble


NOVUS NY, and Grammy-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion present eco-minded works by Viet Cuong, Jessica Meyer, and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz and World Music Festival


Jazz Ensemble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


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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Concert | Guitar Concert


   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz and World Music Festival


Afro-Cuban Ensemble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Liszt


Maxim Lando, piano. All Liszt (1811-1886) Program Etude No. 1 (Preludio) in C major Etude No. 2 (untitled - Molto vivace) in A minor Etude No. 3 (Paysage) in F major Etude No. 4 (Mazeppa) in D minor Etude No. 5 (Feux Follets - Irrlichter) in B-flat major Etude No. 6 (Vision) in G minor Etude No. 7 (Eroica) in E-flat major Etude No. 8 (Wilde Jagd) in C minor Etude No. 9 (Ricordanza) in A-flat major Etude No. 10 (untitled - Allegro agitato molto) in F minor Etude No. 11 (Harmonies du Soir) in D-flat major Etude No. 12 (Chasse-Neige) in B-flat minor
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Chamber Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and More (In Person AND Online)


Program Debussy (1862-1918), Piano Trio in G Major Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 Piazzolla (1921-1992), Histoire du Tango Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Film | Two Stage Sisters (1994): Chinese Drama


This film chronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China, who are separated by money and politics. Director: Jin Xie Stars: Fang Xie, Yindi Cao, Nan Deng 114 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and More


Works by: Brahms-Paganini, Chopin, Czerny, Glass, Kapustin, Ligeti, Liszt, Lyapunov, Moscheles, Moszkowski, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Bartok and More


The Columbia University Orchestra. Program Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), Andante for Strings Bartok (1881-1945), Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta Bartok (1881-1945), Concerto for Orchestra
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Jazz | Saxophone Ensemble Concert


MSM Saxophone Ensemble; Paul Cohen, Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Works by Schubert and Robert Schumann (In Person AND Online)


Program Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898 Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 Schubert (1797-1828), String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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