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How to get into the Christmas spirit for free or very cheap: activities that won't hit your wallet

Looking for something fun to do with the kids for the holidays but haven't bought tickets for breakfast with Santa or booked a ride on the Polar Express train? Or perhaps you're looking for spontaneous holiday events to spend time with friends or a loved one within your area and on a budget? Don't worry, there are plenty of free or very cheap activities this New Year's season near your home. Lifehacker.

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Here are a few examples of free or low cost events taking place in communities across the country during the holiday season. They will give you a New Year's mood and will not empty your wallet.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Although the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center и National Christmas tree draws all the attention, small fire-lighting ceremonies are held in cities and districts across the country. Your local government website should have details on how to take part in this magical event. And how to get to the main Christmas tree of the country in the White House, read in our material.

Open doors holiday

Cultural institutions such as museums, local historical societies, and libraries often hold open house holidays, which are usually free. Sometimes free drinks are offered when buying a ticket.

Historic homes now operating as museums are a particularly good choice, as they often feature vintage holiday decorations. This is a great excuse to visit a place in your community that you've been wanting to visit for a long time.

Concerts, performances and screenings

There is usually no shortage of free or cheap holiday performances in your area that you can attend, such as choir concerts, Christmas performances, holiday movie screenings, and caroling.

Walk by car

While this is not an "official" event, you can make it one. Gather all your favorite people in the car, turn on your favorite holiday music and drive while watching the lights of your city.

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Technically, it's not completely free, because you still have to pay for gas, but at least you can enjoy the bright festive garlands on the streets of your city and the magical illumination of the mesmerizing shop windows.

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