December NYC Events (12/20/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”

Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

Monday, December 20, 2021 Mon, Dec 20
11:00 am

free Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the G … more Mon, Dec 20
12:00 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Russia’s St Petersburg: Festive Walk along the Nevsky Avenue Imperial Style (online)
Take a walk along the oldest part of the Nevsky Avenue to admire the holiday illuminations. 2022 wil … more

More Free Events for Mon, Dec 20, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 Tue, Dec 21
9:00 am

free; no reservation required Concert | Bach to Beatles: Winter Solstice Waltz
A quartet will perform a wide-ranging mix of Classical masterpieces, Brazilian compositions, pop fav … more Tue, Dec 21
5:30 pm

free; no reservation required Parade | Radiant Revelry: A March of Remembrance and Relief
A Winter Solstice procession that serves as a collective release through music and dance after two y … more Tue, Dec 21
6:00 pm

free; no reservation required Workshop | Bell by Bell: A Garden Soundscape
Continuing a ten-year tradition, volunteers will hand out color-coded bells to revelers that play di … more Tue, Dec 21
7:30 pm

donation of any amount, reservation required Classical Music | Chamber Ensemble Performs Works By Arnold Schoenberg And More (In Person and Online)
Argento Chamber Ensemble celebrates the winter solstice by barking at the moon with Pierrot Lunaire! … more

More Free Events for Tue, Dec 21, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 Wed, Dec 22
10:00 am

free; reservation required Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations … more Wed, Dec 22
6:00 pm

free, registration required Concert | Medieval Carols
Caroles by Candel-leoht: a service of medieval carols and Middle English readings. … more Wed, Dec 22
7:00 pm

free; no reservation required Jazz | Afro-Cuban Holiday Concert with a Grammy-Nominated Pianist (online)
Born in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated, and 2014 Jalc Millenn … more

More Free Events for Wed, Dec 22, 2021
Thursday, December 23, 2021 Thu, Dec 23
1:15 pm

free Classical Music | Essercizii Musici by Telemann (In-Person and Online)
Alex Yu, recorder; Ka-Wai Yu, viola da gamba and baroque cello; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord. … more Thu, Dec 23
4:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish, advanced reservation required Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More
This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpiec … more Thu, Dec 23
6:00 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Christmas in Chicago – Magnificent Mile Lights (online)
Chicago’s winters are chilly, but you can discover how the city celebrates Christmas from the warmth … more

More Free Events for Thu, Dec 23, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021 Fri, Dec 24
11:00 am

free Fair | Christmas Market: Local Crafts, Artisan Provisions, Exquisite Gifts
This European inspired open-air market hosts artisan vendors from New York City and around the world … more Fri, Dec 24
3:30 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Florence Christmas Eve Tour (online, livestream)
Join the tour guide on a walk of discovery through Florence on… Christmas Eve! … more

More Free Events for Fri, Dec 24, 2021
Saturday, December 25, 2021 Sat, Dec 25
12:00 am

free Film | The Christmas Candle (2013): Holiday Story (online, streaming for 24 hrs)
A pastor who’s suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas mi … more Sat, Dec 25
12:00 am

free Dance Performance | The Nutcracker by The New York City Ballet (online, streaming for 24 hrs)
Enjoy this timeless holiday classic! … more Sat, Dec 25
11:00 am

free, registration required Classical Music | Handel’s Messiah on Christmas Day: A Liturgical Presentation
The Eucharist (mass) of Christmas Day with the music of Handel’s great oratorio Messiah. … more

More Free Events for Sat, Dec 25, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021 Sun, Dec 26
12:00 am

free Film | Nutcracker (1986): Film Adaptation (online, streaming for 24 hrs)
The colorful holiday classic brought to the big screen, designed by famed children’s story author an … more Sun, Dec 26
2:30 pm

Donation of any amount; registration required City Walk | From Pushcarts to Pricey Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour
This walking tour will visit some major historical sites of the Jewish Lower East Side, from the lat … more

More Free Events for Sun, Dec 26, 2021


So many great things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

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The 25 Essential Dishes to Eat in New York City – The New York Times

New York City’s Best New Restaurants Of 2021 – New York – The Infatuation

10 Pop-Up Bars for Basking in Holiday

Best NYC New Year’s Eve Parties & Events 2021 – Thrillist

This NYC Restaurant Has a Secret New Bar That Will Transport You to Venice | Travel + Leisure


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