Cheap is good, free is better, and there’s plenty of both Monday to Friday this holiday week, Dec. 26-30. Everything on our list is FREE or under $20, so you can enjoy New York City on the cheap.
Best freebies to enjoy any day this week:
SEE ALSO New Year’s Eve parties $50 or less.
SEE ALSO Best holiday shows $15 or less
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden – Enjoy FREE admission weekdays from 10am until 4:30pm. The free “winter weekdays” are through through February 28,2017. Check the BBG website for the full slate of winter programming including Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tours, concerts and exhibits to enjoy with FREE admission.
NY Waterways – Kids age 12 and under ride FREE for the holidays, through Jan. 2, 2017. The free ride is limited two free kids per paying adult, no tickets for the kids required, any time of day, but please avoid rush hour weekdays. The deal is from Edgewater, Port Imperial, Lincoln Harbor, Hoboken/14th St. and Belford.
Lower Manhattan bus – Look for the red busses for FREE transportation around Lower Manhattan, for shopping, restaurants and museums.
Holiday Train Show – At Grand Central Terminal, the annual FREE miniature train show is for kids of all ages, because we all love trains.
Monday, Dec. 26
Winter Holiday in Prospect Park – Bundle up and spend this family-friendly day learning about nature, including bird watching, historic crafts and games, and more. FREE, noon to 4pm.
Annual Boxing Day Coat Drive – Donate a coat and get a FREE pint at Jimmy’s No. 43, any time 2pm to 11:30pm. At 43 E. 7th St., East Village.
You can also donate a warm winter coat or jacket to the annual New York Cares winter coat drive. You don’t get a free beer, but donating an unused coat or one your kids grew out of you will feel better anyway.
Kwanzaa Crawl – Sixteen Brooklyn bars and pubs are participating in this first-ever event to support Black-owned businesses.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
City of Gods – Timely FREE lecture on religious freedom, immigration and cultural diversity, using New York City’s most culturally diverse borough as the “lens”. 6:30pm at the Mid-Manhattan Library, across Fifth Avenue from the main branch with the lions out front.
Wednesday, Dec. 28
Good Riddance Day – Bring photos of a broken romance, mortgage bills, the rejection letter from the co-op board, whatever, to this annual FREE event in Times Square.
Thursday, Dec. 29
Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness – Another timely FREE lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library. Craig Nelson, historian and author of NYTimes bestseller Rocket Men, explores the stories of sailors, soldiers, pilots admirals and world leaders who experienced the attach on Pearl Harbor, on the day that will live in infamy.
Batida – a FREE performance by the electronic artist who translates his impeccable music production into an equally thrilling live show. Surrounded by other musicians and dancers, he uses choreography, video projections, and handmade props to help him represent each story. 7:30pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
Friday, Dec. 30
Freebie Friday – FREE admission today to top NYC museums.
Freebie Friday – FREE Grand Central Neighborhood Tour. Every Friday at 12:30, docents from the Grand Central Partnership guide you through the history of the fabled Grand Central Terminal and some equally-fabled nearby landmarks including the Chrysler Building. There are no tickets, no reservations. Just meet at Sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue (southwest corner of East 42nd Street). Tour is 90 minutes.
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