Cheap is good, free is better, and there’s plenty of both Monday to Friday this week, Nov. 28-Dec 2. Nothing on our list is over $20, so you can save your budget for holiday gifts, travel and hanging out with friends.
Let’s start with holiday events including tree lighting ceremonies.
Monday, Nov. 28th
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – This annual street fair includes stilt walkers, bands, dancers, food, face painting for the kids, and more. Winter’s Eve is along Broadway, between 63rd St. and Columbus Circle.
New York at Its Core, which explores the exceptional and unique New Yorkers who have made the city what it is, including immigrants – like my parents and like Fareed Zakaria. $20 for adults | $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID). REGISTER– NYC has always thrived on our diversity – every street corner is an intersection of different viewpoints, cultures, and ideas. Simply, diversity is our heritage, and it has produced innovation, energy, struggle, and vision of generations of innovators, artists, politicians, tycoons, dreamers, master builders, and ordinary New Yorkers. In the aftermath of a divisive election that threatens our glorious NYC Melting Pot, hear what the brilliant and incisive CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria has to say about our near future, and how the rest of the world views us today. This program is at the Museum of the City of New York, and part of the Museum’s newest exhibition,
Tuesday, Nov. 29th
Ethics in Action: UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals – Attend a FREE interview of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, discussing world goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years, and for that to happen, everyone needs to do their part, including governments, the private sector, civil society and us New Yorkers. 6:30pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on the Upper West Side.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
High Line Hotel – Tree lighting ceremony is accompanies by free hot chocolate and gingerbread treats, and a visit by both Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Thursday, Dec. 1
The Future of US-China Cultural and Trade Relations – Attend a FREE lecture by Madame Fu Ying, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, one of the highest ranking women in Chinese government, and only the second woman to serve this role. She will speak on China-US relations and the place of China in the world, and a Q&A session with Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai, and former diplomat Stapleton Roy. 5pm at the NYC Law School Tischman Auditorium in the West Village. An RSVP is required to ensure space.
Orchestra of St. Luke’s – A FREE holiday concert that includes Handel’s Water Music Suite. Handel composed the Water Music Suites for King George II, for a royal party on a barge on the Thames River. Though composed in 1717, the piece was not published until after Handel’s death in 1759. While the order of the movements remains unclear, they were later grouped together based on musical similarities, creating three shorter suites. The concert is 6:30pm at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Ave. at 65th St. Or, you can opt for VIP reserved seating for $18. Either way, registration is recommended.