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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in New York City this weekend

Hayley Williams of Paramore (Getty)

Hayley Williams of Paramore (Getty)

Z100 & Coca-Cola’s All-Access Lounge

Z100’s Jingle Ball, the radio station’s annual celebrity-packed concert, will take place Friday at Madison Square Garden, but you can help kick off festivities for FREE at Z100 and Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge. Scope out performances from Austin Mahone, Paramore, Travie McCoy and more, and listen to tunes as you peruse interactive displays. (Friday, noon-6 p.m., FREE, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., z100.com)

‘A Christmas Carol’ with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield
Get into the holiday spirit with author Neil Gaiman reading Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” following prompts from Dickens himself. Researcher-author Molly Oldfield will also share Dickens artifacts. (Sunday, 2-4 p.m., FREE, registration required online, New York Public Library, 42nd St. at Fifth Ave., nypl.org)

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