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. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Jan 4
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Mar 1
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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. Tue Nov 25 - Wed Dec 24
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Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows

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The iconic luxury retailer celebrates this year's holiday window unveiling with a live performance by Broadway songstress Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables) and 10 percent off all store merchandise (6–8pm). Prior to the reveal

  1. Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Wed Jan 7
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains,

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Thu Jan 1
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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.