There always are free and frugal family-friendly events to enjoy in NYC on weekends, and this last weekend before Christmas and Kwanzaa is no different. As always, nothing on the NYC on the Cheap list of weekend events and activities costs more than $15, because NYCOTC believes you can be a NYC cheapskate and still have fun in the greatest city in the world. Unless otherwise noted, events are FREE.
Empire State Building Holiay Light Show – Each night at 7 p.m., there’s a sound and light show atop the iconic building. The ESB provides the lights, you provide the sound yourself by listening to 106.7 Lite FM or on iheart.com. You’ll also need a clear view of the building to see the show.
New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition –Miniature – not toy – trains – toot around the tracks at this popular annual exhibit. Full details here in a recent NYCOTC posting. Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts, and visit the Holiday Market in Vanderbilt Hall.
Wired Store – The Wired Magazine annual pop-up store has dozens of high-tech gadgets to check out and use, and no sales pressure because nothing is on sale. Full details here in a recent NYCOTC posting
Visit from St. Nicholas – Hear a reading of the classic poem by New Yorker Clement Clark Moore, and then visit his grave in upper Manhattan. Full details here in a recent NYCOTC posting
The Struggle For Justice: Nelson Mandela, A Tribute – A special FREE exhibit recalling the life and work of Nelson Mandela is on display at the Schomburg Center for Research into Black Culture is on display through Sunday. The Schomburg is a branch of the NYPL, less than one block from the 135th St. stop on the 2 and 3 trains. Exhibit website
Of course, there are the department store holiday windows and the world famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree. But those will be super crowded. Here are NYCOTC suggestions where to avoid the holiday crowds.
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