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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 23, 2023?

9 free events take place on Saturday, December 23 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 23 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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9 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, December 23, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
        

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
Free

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
Free

Other | Holiday Nostalgia Subway Rides


This holiday season continues the annual tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides on the New York Transit Museum's 1930s R1/9 train cars! The Holiday Nostalgia Train will transport straphangers back in time. Don't miss your chance to travel through time - for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap! The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs 2nd Avenue on the uptown F line in Lower Manhattan at: 10am 12pm 2pm 4pm The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs 145th Street on the downtown D line at: 11am 1pm 3pm 5pm The Holiday Nostalgia Train will operate between 2nd Avenue on the uptown F line platform and 145th on the downtown D line platform. Passengers can board the train at any of the stations below. Uptown Stops: 2nd Avenue (F) Broadway-Lafayette Street (D/F) West 4th Street - Washington Square (D/F, A/C/E) 34th Street - Herald Square (D/F) 42nd Street - Bryant Park (D/F) 47th - 50th Streets - Rockefeller Center (D/F) 7th Avenue (D/E) 59th Street - Columbus Circle (A/C/D) 125th Street (A/C/D) 145th Street (A/C/D) Downtown Stops: 145th Street (A/C/D) 125th Street (A/C/D) 59th Street - Columbus Circle (A/C/D) 7th Avenue (D/E) 47th - 50th Streets - Rockefeller Center (D) 42nd Street - Bryant Park (D/F) 34th Street - Herald Square (D/F) West 4th Street - Washington Square (A/C/E, D/F) Broadway-Lafayette Street (D/F) 2nd Avenue (F)
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Metrocard swipe

Birdwatching | Birding: Winter Waterfowl


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see winter waterfowl. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.     
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
12:00 pm
$21.50...

Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Coleccion


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Start times: 1pm, 2:30pm
   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 divorcee 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
2:00 pm
Free

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
Free

Hike | Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Hike


There is no better time than the night before Christmas Eve to view the city's most spectacular holiday lights display, in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights. Go to the epicenter of the extravagant displays, walk down the streets and view houses festooned with Christmas trees, and Santa Claus with his reindeer, and share in the festive mood. View the home where this all began as well as the famous Forest of Lights. Please consider that this urban hike is vigorous and not suitable for slow walkers who may not be able to keep up or stay with the group. They will walk at a steady, brisk pace over a distance of around 4 miles, stopping to see the breathtaking decorated houses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
$5
Complimentary Tickets

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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