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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 19, 2023?

22 free events take place on Tuesday, December 19 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 19 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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22 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, December 19, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Noon Holiday Concert: The Nutcracker and More
free events nyc Intelligence Briefing: Anti-Israel Rhetoric on Campus Since 10/7 (online)
free events nyc Values in Conflict: Negotiating the Impossible - The Israeli Hostage Crisis
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Other | Luminaries: A Mesmerizing Display of Colorful Lanterns


Conceived by the LAB at Rockwell Group, Luminaries’ glowing canopy consists of 640 twinkling custom lanterns that change in color and intensity.View a special light show at the top of every hour from 8am to 10pm featuring one of following holiday songs: Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé Silver Bells by Tony Bennett Carol of the Bells by The Bird and The Bee Let It Snow by Pentatonix
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many -- Includes Holdays 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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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Concert | Noon Holiday Concert: The Nutcracker and More


Featuring Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and other winter music played by pianists Christopher Bradshaw and Nelson Ojeda Valdes
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

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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Concert | Holiday Harmonies


Featuring: The guitar duo Aerial Acoustics has been delighting audiences for over 25 years with their spirited original and cover instrumentals. Described as “electrifyingly acoustic,” Dorothy Wagner and Dennis Smith play complex arrangements of classic tunes, as well as original compositions, infused with elements of rock, jazz, classical and Spanish guitar. Ilya Shneyveys (accordion) and Jake Shulman-Ment (violin) are two of the leading contemporary musicians breathing new life into old-world klezmer, the celebratory music of East European Jews. This performance for Hanukkah will be filled with soulful Hasidic spirituals and rollicking dance melodies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North: Curator's Tour


Emelie Gevalt, Curatorial Chair for Collection, gives a tour of the exhibition which offers a new window onto Black representation in a region that is often overlooked in narratives of early African American history. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: What's New in American and English-Language Poetry


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Talk | Intelligence Briefing: Anti-Israel Rhetoric on Campus Since 10/7 (online)


ADL's Center on Extremism tracks anti-Israel rhetoric on college campuses each year and has been closely monitoring since the Hamas attack on October 7. ADL Westchester provides a detailed intelligence briefing from two Center on Extremism analysts, who will walk through their findings and offer potential responses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Viola Works by Hindemith and More (In Person AND Online)


Marcus Stevenson, Viola. Program Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Passacaglia on an Old English Tune York Bowen (1884-1961), Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano in C Minor Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Morpheus Hindemith (1895-1963), Sonata No. 4 for Viola and Piano, Op. 25
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | Cinema Chats: Golda (online)


Golda (2023), starring Helen Mirren, follows Israel's Prime Minister Golda Meir as she is faced with the potential of Israel's destruction during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. She must navigate overwhelming odds, a skeptical cabinet, and a complex relationship with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as millions of lives hang in the balance during these tense 19 days. Author and film instructor Professor Eric Goldman and moderator Lucy Shahar will lead a discussion of this new biopic. They recommend you watch the film in advance of this lecture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | The Cave: Unveiling Illusions: Group Exhibition


Four artists in a multidisciplinary show that delves into the profound concepts presented in Plato’s philosophical allegory “The Cave.” Inspired by Plato’s essay, this captivating exhibition invites viewers to question the nature of reality, perception, and the pursuit of truth. Four gallery artists: Carmen Belean, Ivo Nikic, Udo Spreitzenbarth, and Kinga Su present artworks that challenge the boundaries of perception. Each artist in their own idiosyncratic artistic language explores the idea of the perceived versus the reality. Each artwork on display aims to evoke introspection and invites one to question the shadows that may govern one own existence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Tour | Christmas in the Tenements Tour (online)


Did tenement residents have Christmas trees? How did immigrants' traditions shape the holiday in New York? This virtual tour takes you to the Lower East Side of the 1860s and 1960s for a look at German, Irish, and Puerto Rican Christmas traditions. Discuss the Schneider's holiday as saloon owners and hosts, the Moores' rituals and community, and the Saez Velezes treats and festivities as they explore how holiday traditions evolve in a new place.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Concert | Holiday Carol Quartet


A quartet of holiday carolers sings songs of the season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. on December 19th in front of 60 West 68th Street. There will also be a $1 raffle with gift certificates to local restaurants. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Classical Music | Medieval Lessons & Carols


Immerse yourself in the music, language, candlelight, and smells, and flavors of late medieval Europe. This service of lessons and carols features readings in Middle English from John Wycliff's 14th century bible translation. Music, performed with voices and instruments by early music group Concordian Dawn, features repertoire from the 14th and 15th centuries, and also some 'new' medieval music by Australian composer David Yardley.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | Beethoven's Symphony No. 5: A Deep Dive (online)


Journey into Beethoven's most renowned symphony with Louis Rosen, a distinguished composer, lyricist, accomplished performer, published author, and recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. With over 35 years of dedicated teaching experience, Louis Rosen is your guide through this musical exploration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More (online)


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | One Year Out: Election 2024 Preview (online)


Less than a year before Election Day, both parties believe they have a chance of winning the White House and control of both chambers of Congress, underscoring the high stakes over the next 12 months. Former President Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, but with nary a vote cast in Iowa or New Hampshire, there is still time for a strong challenger to emerge from the pack of candidates chasing him. The presidential race will pit the winner of the contest against a seemingly vulnerable President Biden, whose approval ratings have the GOP thinking it can end his presidency at one term. Republicans hold a tiny majority in the House that may be difficult to defend, particularly if Biden can win reelection. In the Senate, it is Democrats trying to hold their majority and facing a difficult battleground that finds the party defending a number of seats in states where the GOP will be the favorite in the presidential race. This is an evening of politics, pundits and predictions about what to expect on the campaign trail to November 5, 2024 and the many pit-stops and landmarks along the way, as we count down to an election year unlike any other. With Kevin Madden, Bob Cusack and Symone Sanders
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talk | Values in Conflict: Negotiating the Impossible - The Israeli Hostage Crisis


With Daniel Gordis (born 1959), an American-born Israeli author and speaker and the author of a dozen books on Judaism and Israel, and twice awarded the National Jewish Book Award (including Book of the Year for his history of Israel), The Forward has called Gordis "one of the most influential Israel analysts around." Gordis is also the author of the blog and podcast, Israel from the Inside, which is published on Substack.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Violin Works by Schubert and More (In Person AND Online)


Esther Yang, Violin. Program Leoš Janáček (1854-1928), Sonata for Violin and Piano Schubert (1797-1828), Violin Sonata in A Major, D.574 "Grand Duo" Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), Fantaisie Brillante on Themes from Gounod's "Faust", Op.20
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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