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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 17, 2023?

15 free events take place on Sunday, 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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15 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, December 17, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Holiday-Themed Historic Walking Tour
free events nyc The Gift of Fifth: Holiday Open Streets
free events nyc Holiday Concert (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Unsilent Night: Making Some Holiday Noise
        

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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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

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. November 25 - January 7, Wednesdays to Sundays. 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
$21.50...

Festival | The Gift of Fifth: Holiday Open Streets


A special lineup of events and programming featuring the first-ever "scent" disseminated from fir trees, live jazz and choral performances, holiday-themed food and beverages, and gifts galore. With 11 blocks of programming, 19 food and beverage partners, 8 performance areas and iconic retailers gearing up for the festive season, this is the biggest holiday extravaganza in all of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries: Exhibition Tour


Collector Robert Hartman leads a guided tour of the exhibition, illuminating the life and impact of the multifaceted luminary and great Jewish sage across continents and cultures through rare manuscripts and books. Highlights include manuscripts in Maimonides’s own handwriting, a carved 11th century door to the Torah ark from Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, and beautifully illuminated medieval manuscripts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Master Class | Chamber Music Masterclass (In Person AND Online)


Masterclass with soloist and chamber musician Alessio Bax.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Performance | Stories in Sand: The Heroic Danish Rescue


Families are invited to a unique visual and auditory experience, inspired by the new exhibit Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark. Ukrainian-Jewish sand artist and singer Zhenya Lopatnik will take families on a breathtaking visual journey, sharing the story of how Denmark saved around 7,500 Jewish people during the Holocaust. The mesmerizing shadow-and-light show will bring children and adults to another dimension, where one picture transforms into another. Accompanied by a performance of Jewish niggunim (wordless melodies), attendees can sing and hum along as they follow the characters’ development as the story moves. Afterwards, kids will have a chance to create sand-art pieces and play with shadow and light.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Play | Fucking A: Innovative Twist on The Scarlet Letter


Suzan-Lori Parks' innovative twist on The Scarlet Letter is a timely and mystical story following a noble mother and her wayward son. The small town abortionist, Hester Smith, embarks on an unyielding quest to buy her imprisoned son's freedom--and nothing will get in her way. Through a unique blend of storytelling and song, Hester's branded letter A emerges as a thought provoking beacon of revenge, violence, and unflinching sacrifice. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free

City Walk | Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour


Jim Mackin leads a mixed group of visitors to the city and resident New Yorkers on a one-of-a-kind, always interesting, walk around the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concert | Holiday Concert (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Youth Chorus, St. Paul's Chapel Choir, Downtown Voices, NOVUS NY Brass, and the Choirs from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) perform a holiday extravaganza full of Christmas carols and other festive songs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Choral Works


Angelica Women’s Chamber Choir; and Marie Caruso, director, perform Medieval carols and chants of the season; rarely heard pieces by Renaissance composers Leonora d’Este and Agostino Agazzari; two strikingly different settings of Angelus ad Pastores Ait—one by Sulpitia Cesis (1619), the other by David Burks (2010), as well as other compositions by contemporary composers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 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 | Unsilent Night: Making Some Holiday Noise


Composer Phil Kline will lead a massive chorus of boomboxes from the West Village to the East Village in this annual holiday presentation. He will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection. The public is strongly encouraged to bring their own boomboxes or sound-blasters (cell phone with bluetooth is recommended) and to pre-download the track.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Choral Works (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street perform works by works by Piers Connor Kennedy, Judith Weir, Jonathan Woody, Herbert Howells, Jan Sandström, and Hannah Kendall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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to shows, concerts ... (CFT Deals!)

Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated String Orchestra

Regular Price: $34
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Play | A "Spellbinding" Play

Regular Price: $79
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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