Here are some of the best FREE and cheap things to do in NYC these final days of 2018 and first few days of 2019.
So, put these on your calendar for the week, and get more NYC for less money with NYC on the Cheap.
NYC Free & Cheap Events Today, Christmas Eve
Last chance to see Santa.
Join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city to lustily sing out your favorite holiday tunes. Songbooks will be distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many of you know these songs by heart! “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out with particular poignancy this season.
- 5pm to 6pm.
Wednesday, Dec. 26
Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Museum of the City of New York by making a mkeka to learn about this African-American holiday. Enjoy a special snack while you create your placemat. Registration suggested, but not required.
- 11am to 2pm. FREE with museum admission.
Get “lost” with in the Ramble! Explore how this carefully planned woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Lake shoreline, and the treetops their home. This special guided tour is family-friendly, to discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses and complementary Discovery Journal.
As a special holiday “gift”, this final Central Park tour of the year is FREE with registration, instead of its usual $15 cost.
Meet: at 2pm at Loeb Boathouse Express Café (inside the Park at East Drive and 75th Street)
Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 26-28
Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated FREE annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark and enjoy kids’ crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!
- Noon to 4pm all three days.
Friday, Dec. 28
Say goodbye to your bad memories of 2018 in a giant shred fest in Times Square. It’s FREE to toss in that rejection letter from the co-op, the rejection letter from the job you wanted, etc. This annual event is inspired by the Latin American tradition of burning bad luck tokens before the New Year, and also the Jewish tradition of tossing bad luck tokens into a body of water on Rosh Hashonah, the start of a new year.