As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, especially during the holiday season. Take a ride on a vintage NYC subway, enjoy the last of the holiday tree and menorah lighting ceremonies for the year and more without busting your holiday budget.
Unlike other “what to do in NYC on the weekend” lists, only NYC on the Cheap gives you only FREE and cheap $10 or less stuff to do, unless you buy things. Unless a price is noted, what we are telling you about is FREE.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates with the outdoor events.
any time of year
Best NYC holiday store windows – daily through early January. Details here
Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central – daily through February. Details here
Luminaries at Winter Garden – Interactive light show, daily through January. Details here.
Wired Magazine Pop-Up Store – Test drive the year’s best electronics and gadgets with no pressure to buy. Open daily through Thursday. Details here.
Today though Sunday
World’s Largest Menorah – Nightly lighting ceremony at Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Ave. and 59th St. Details here.
Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah – Nightly lighting ceremony at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park. Details here.
Saturday in NYC
24th Annual Unsilent Night – Composer Phil Kline leads a massive chorus of boomboxes from the West Village to the East Village. Some vintage boomboxes will be handed out, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Gather at the Arch in Washington Square Park at 4:45pm. The Unsilent Night parade ends one hour later in Tompkins Square Park. The idea has become so popular that there now are Unsilent Night events in more than 30 cities around the USA and Canada, including Houston, Orlando, Colorado Springs and Montreal Find out more about how to participate and download the tracks.
Bargemusic – Walk across the gangplank to a renovated barge for a family-friendly concert and the chance for Q&A with musicians. Concerts at 4pm Saturdays through January 14 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Bargemusic website.
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Sunday in NYC
MTA Nostalgia Train – Ride a vintage subway train or bus every Sunday in December. For the price of a regular MetroCard fare, you’ll ride into history. Details here.
Merry Tuba Christmas – The annual concert by hundreds of tenor and brass tuba players from around the country, at Rockefeller Plaza, playing traditional favorites. At 3:30pm.
Anytime in NYC
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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.