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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 20, 2023?

16 free events take place on Wednesday, December 20 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 20 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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, December 20, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Holiday Extravaganza: Photo Ops with Favorite Characters, Classic Movies, Interactive Activities for Kids, and More!
free events nyc Tour of New York City Hall
free events nyc Standards from the American Songbook
        

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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Talk | Wise Aging (online)


In this virtual seminar, Rabbi Paula Drill will provide the spiritual approach to aging by analyzing Jewish texts and values that lead us toward an uplifting perspective rather than a declinist view on aging. Rabbinic wisdom tells us to live every day as if it were our last. At first glance, this teaching may seem morbid, but it can actually be a key to a more vibrant, purposeful, and joyful life in our golden years.
   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. 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
12:00 pm
$21.50...

Concert | Holiday Harmonies


Mostly Modern Projects’ FAB4 brings the holiday music from Classical Greats like the Nutcracker Suite to Charlie Brown’s Skating & Christmas Time is Here. Featuring, Victoria Paterson (violin), Hiroko Taguchi (violin), Andrew Griffin (viola), Alon Bisk (cello).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   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 Caroling with The Broadway Carolers


With over 25 years of experience, Broadway Carolers perform across the region and are committed to bringing light into people’s lives during the holiday season. They have performed at houses and apartments, parks and country clubs, and NYC landmarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 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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Workshop | Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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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
1:00 pm
Free

Discussion | The AI Era: Opportunities and Possibilities for Photography (online)


Photographers Apeksha Agarwal and Jack Reznicki in an engaging discussion that delves into Artificial Intelligence (AI) for photographers. They will demystify common misconceptions surrounding AI while exploring its potential and the positive impact it can have. As we are all seeing, AI is a powerful tool that can help photographers explore both new creative possibilities and help incubate new ideas for your work. Through real-world examples they will show how AI can serve as a starting point for your own photography work, providing you with new and exciting ideas to explore and expand or it can simply produce interesting images that stand on their own. The pros and cons of AI imagery will be discussed as well as the issue of copyright and ownership.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | The First Wives Club (1996) with Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton


Despondent over the marriage of her ex-husband to a younger woman, a middle-aged divorcée plunges to her death from her penthouse. At the woman's funeral, her former college friends reunite for the first time in nearly 30 years. When the three discover the reason for their friend's suicide, they realize that all of their ex-husbands have taken them for granted — and deciding it's time for revenge, they make a pact to get back at their exes. Director: Hugh Wilson Cast: Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Dan Hedaya, Bronson Pinchot, Marcia Gay Harden Bette Midler is an American singer, actress, comedian and author. Throughout her career, which spans over five decades, Midler has received numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and a British Academy Film Award. Goldie Hawn is an American actress. She rose to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–1970), before going on to receive the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Cactus Flower (1969). Diane Keaton is an American actress. She has received various accolades throughout her career spanning over five decades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two Emmy Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Nakam: The Holocaust Survivors Who Sought Full-Scale Revenge (online)


Author Dina Porat discusses the true story of a vigilante group of Holocaust survivors who conspired to kill six million Germans. Nakam (Hebrew for “vengeance”) tells the story of “the Avengers” (Nokmim), a group of young Holocaust survivors led by poet and resistance fighter Abba Kovner, who undertook a mission of revenge against Germany following the crimes of the Holocaust. Drawing on rich archival sources and in-depth interviews with the Avengers in their later years, Porat examines the formation of the group and the clash between the formative humanistic values held by its members and their unrealized plans for violent retribution.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: The Afterlife (online)


During this artist talk, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky will discuss and preview her project, “The Afterlife”, a video installation that explores the “The Four Fates of Man: Death; Soul in Hell; Soul in Purgatory; Soul in Heaven.” The question of how the sculptures arrived to NYC and entered the Hispanic Society collection is the catalyst for her project. Documentary style interviews with the key players leading to the acquisition of “The Four Fates of Man” will be juxtaposed with performative reenactments of each state of Death—Soul in Hell; Soul in Purgatory; Soul in Heaven as depicted by Caspicara’s figurines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | What Is Dance Dramaturgy?


What is a dance dramaturg? How do they work? What relationship do they have to choreography and the choreographer? This open discussion is an opportunity to explore the practice of dance dramaturgy and the shifting position of the dance dramaturg within contemporary performance practice. Far from definable, the practice of dance dramaturgy leads to the richly aesthetic and philosophical knot of trying to work alongside and in service to an artist who is not oneself. Led by dance dramaturgs André Lepecki and Joshua Lubin-Levy, this event encourages participation—more like an open forum, or informal study group—and is for those with a variety of relationships to the theory and practice of dance dramaturgy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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