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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 9, 2023?

25 free events take place on Saturday, December 9 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 9 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 9, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Silent Film Showcase: Circus Clowns (1922), Go West (1923), It's the Cats (1926) and The Lion's Whiskers (1925)
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Conference | Between the Black Sea and the Bering Strait: Environmental Histories Across a Subcontinent


9:00 – 10:30am | Session 2: Technology and Environment in Soviet/Post-Soviet Contexts Moderator: Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois University) Elena Kochetkova (University of Bergen, Norway), The Green Power of Socialism: Wood, Forest, and the Making of Soviet Industrially Embedded Ecology Julia Lajus (Columbia University), Use of Science and Technology for Increasing Biological Productivity of Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems in the Late Soviet Union Artemy Kalinovsky (Temple University), Maintenance and Markets: The Water Energy Nexus in Central Asia after Socialism   10:45am – 12:30pm | Roundtable: Land, Space, Scale and the Methodology of Environmental Humanities Moderator: Catherine Evtuhov (Columbia University) Bathsheba Demuth (Brown University), Land as Method in Environmental History Mieka Erley (Colgate University), Reading Against the Grain: Film and the Natural Trace Jane Costlow (Bates College, ME), Messy reading and the unexpected [context, connection, collaboration] Jennifer Keating (University College Dublin, Ireland), Thinking environmentally about space and scale   1:15 – 2:45pm | Session 3: Environmental Transformations, Disasters, Ecocide Moderator: Anna Mazanik (Max Weber Foundation/LMU Munich, Germany) Dmitry Arzyutov (Ohio State University), Thinking with Novaya Zemlya in the Anthropocene: A Palimpsest of Environmental Transformations of the Arctic Archipelago Sarah Cameron (University of Maryland), Aral: Life and Death of a Sea Anna Olenenko (University of Alberta, Canada), Kakhovka Dam Disaster: Cycles of Ecocide   3:00 – 4:30pm | Contributions of Our Field to Global Environmental History Moderator: John McNeill (Georgetown University) David Moon (University College London, UK), Were the Steppe Rivers Drying Up? Debates over Environmental Change in the Russian Empire Taylor Zajicek (Columbia University), The Black Sea at the Cold War’s End—Local Oddity or Global Catastrophe? Andy Bruno (Northern Illinois University), From Place-Based to the Planetary: The Tunguska Explosion in Global Environmental History   4:30 – 4:45pm | Closing
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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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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Hike | Holiday Flora and Fauna Exploration Hike


Enjoy the holiday season outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers and discover the flora and fauna of the park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festival | Holiday Extravaganza: Photo Ops with Favorite Characters, Classic Movies, Interactive Activities for Kids, and More!


Santa Claus is coming to town! This venue is transforming into a wonderland of family entertainment, with a lineup of events that will make your holidays unforgettable. From the whimsical world of My Little Pony to the high-flying antics of the Harlem Globetrotters, there's something for everyone. Step into a Peanuts paradise for a cozy holiday experience or join Rosie Fuentes from PBS Kids' Rosie's Rules for a festive celebration. Each event offers exclusive screenings, photo ops, and interactive activities for the kids. CFT members have to use a code (provided below the location) to get free admission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Film | The Princess Bride (1987): Fantasy Comedy-Adventure


A bedridden boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright 98 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Chamber Works by J.S. Bach, Ravel, and More


Columbia Bach Society; Sofia Ouyang, Nitya Nigam, directors. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Mass in B Minor, No. 1-3 Hannah Ishizaki, My Eyes Will Gleam Ravel (1875-1937), Mother Goose Suite Sofia Ouyang, Sweet Spontaneous Earth
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Outdoor Skills: Survival 101


Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you. Learn the basic skills of outdoor survival including fire making, shelter building and water collection among other skills.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Winter Classical Music Festival


Piano Recital.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Nope (2022) Directed by Jordan Peele


A man and his sister discover something sinister in the skies above their California horse ranch, while the owner of a nearby theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon. Director: Jordan Peele Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea, Keith David Jordan Peele is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker known for his film and television work in the comedy and horror genres. Peele started his career in sketch comedy before transitioning his career as a writer and director of psychological horror and satirical films. In 2017, Peele was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Sister Act (1992) with Whoopi Goldberg


When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier sees her mobster beau, Vince LaRocca, commit murder, she is relocated for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun in a California convent, Deloris proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters. In an effort to keep her out of trouble, they assign Deloris to the convent's choir, an ensemble that she soon turns into a vibrant and soulful act that gains widespread attention. Director: Emile Ardolino Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, Harvey Keitel Whoopi Goldberg is an American actor, comedian, author and television personality.] A recipient of numerous accolades, she is one of 18 entertainers to win the EGOT, which includes an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Museum Highlights Tour


A highlights tour of these exhibitions: A Collection without Borders -- celebrates the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Goa and the Philippines. Includes a wide range of paintings and decorative arts. Featuring works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Murillo, Tápies, Viladrich, Arrieta, and many more. Anatomy of a Fresco: Drawings of José Clemente Orozco from the Wornick Collection -- Anatomy of a Fresco features a rare group of figurative sketches for portraits and preparatory works for large-scale murals made during the Mexican Mural Movement. Sorolla's Vision of Spain -- The monumental series of 14 paintings known as Vision of Spain by the Valencian master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. A truly unique, immersive experience that captures the essence of turn-of-the-century rural Spain. Sculpture on the Audobon Terrace -- Immerse yourself in Penetrable, an interactive sculpture created by Jesús Rafael Soto, as well as Marta Chilindron’s Orange Cube 48, the inaugural selection for Art on the Audubon Terrace, a partnership with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Screening | Silent Film Showcase: Circus Clowns (1922), Go West (1923), It's the Cats (1926) and The Lion's Whiskers (1925)


Silent Clowns, New York's longest-running regularly scheduled silent film showcase hosts an afternoon of hoots and hijinks! Presenting the silent comedies of Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd, and many others, all with live musical accompaniment by renowned silent-film accompanist Ben Model. Every program features a spoken introduction and Q&A by film historians Steve Massa and Model. For classic-film fans young and old alike! Animals were very popular in silent films because the lack of sound made it easy for trainers to instruct the bestial Barrymores and put them through their paces on camera. Some frugal producers were able to develop stars without egos who would literally work for peanuts. For this selection of comedy critters we have Brownie the Wonder Dog, Numa the lion, and the Dippy-Doo-Dads in Circus Clowns (1922), Go West (1923), It's the Cats (1926) and The Lion's Whiskers (1925). Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free

Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshop | Paper Engineering Workshop


In this workshop, artists Maria Luisa Portuondo Vila and Aurora De Armendi Sobrino will invite participants to explore the creation of a Volvelle structure inspired by their most significant memories of trees.  Volvelles are early forms of paper engineering and paper analog computers. They are made by overlapping pieces of paper with rotating elements to convey information. Early forms of volvelles can be traced back to the 9th century. They were designed to record and share information about astronomy, mathematics, geography, and the natural sciences in general.
   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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Performance | Winter Holiday Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting


Many beautiful performances by the ITNY Professional Ensemble, Riverbank Skating Club, Figure Skating in Harlem with Alicia Hall Moran, the Skyliners, Sky Rink All Stars, and ITNY Youth Performing Apprentices Andrea and Selena Alphonse. At the end of the event Santa makes an appearance and they light up the tree.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Festival | Winter Celebration and Tree Lighting in the Park


Step into a world of wonder as they light up the tallest living holiday tree in a New York City park -- a magnificent 50-foot evergreen standing tall. Festivities include an ugly sweater dog parade, with music and refreshments. The tree will be lit promptly at 6pm after a few opening remarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Winter Classical Music Festival


Chamber Ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Spectacle of Chaos and Love: Inside Black Lodge


Opera and poetry provocateurs David T. Little and Anne Waldman sit down to discuss their Grammy-nominated opera/film hybrid that reimagines the operatic form through the fractured mythologies of artists like William S. Burroughs and David Lynch, with influences from glam metal and industrial music.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Winter Classical Music Festival


Chamber Ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Classical Music | Flute Works by Bela Bartok and More


Andrea Abel, flute, performs works by Bela Bartok, Valerie Coleman, Steve Reich, Guillaume Connesson, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Dance Performance | December Dance Concert


Featuring the Second Avenue Dance Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | Seen, Sound, Scribe: Poets Read


A thought-provoking and politically driven evening of spoken word, spirited dialogue, and presentation of new work. The program features readings and conversations with the Pushcart Prize-winning poet and writer of the collection Up Jump the Boogie John Murillo, alongside poet, essayist, and faculty in Literature at Bennington College, Franny Choi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Fall 2023


Featuring works created by guest choreographers Ogemdi Ude (Movement Research Artist-in-Residence) and Katie Workum, along with student-created works from Mariana Valencia's Textual Strategies in Performance course. All choreography will be performed by students of the Contemporary Dance Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Winter Classical Music Festival


Chamber Ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated String Orchestra

Regular Price: $34
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Play | A "Spellbinding" Play

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