The best free things to do in NYC today

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So you’re pinching pennies and bored. We’ve been there. But that’s no reason to stay in your apartment—New York is full of opportunities to get outdoors, taste some delectable cheap eats or take a great walk. And while you're out there in the wilds of the city, check out these cool, free things to do in NYC right now.

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The five most popular free things to do in NYC today

Holiday Under the Stars

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Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 4
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Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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This annual holiday bazaar, run by the people behind the Union Square market, features handmade items from local artisans and snacks from vendors such as Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen and Sigmund Pretzel Shop. Look for the market concierge to help you

  1. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Central Park South, at Central Park West
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 24
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Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market

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Brooklyn purveyors set up shop across the river at Artists & Fleas’ seasonal pop-up bazaar, situated inside Chelsea Market. Expect to find trendy and noncommercial holiday-themed gifts vetted by husband-and-wife team Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer,

  1. Artists & Fleas - Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts, 10011
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 24
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Barneys New York holiday windows

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Walk by Barneys New York for a holiday view of fluffy woodland creatures and fantastical snow owls from the creative mind of writer and director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin.

  1. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Macy's holiday windows

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Boasting a "Santa's Journey to the Stars" theme, Macy's 2014 holiday windows depict a young boy's magical Christmas experience when he's gifted a paranormal telescope from Santa Claus. He's taken into a mystical world with his dog, Bella, and later

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Annette
Annette

Had a great time. You can walk from gallery to gallery and feel welcome.

Regina
Regina

Sucks that you don't have the West Indian parade listed.

me
me

these seem fun! NOT!

AriellacomA
AriellacomA

Limelight is hosting fashion week- with free shows for the next 6 days... The designers are great and it's a nice crowd. Definitely worth it! RSVP@limelightshops.com

Jane C. Nicholson
Jane C. Nicholson

always like new things and I like your taste i almost everything.