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Free in NYC this weekend

Despite the cold weather, the ice skating rink

Despite the cold weather, the ice skating rink at Christopher Morley Park was busy with skaters Sunday afternoon. Siblings Dean, 12, Dina, 10 and Aya Terki, 15, of East Meadow rounded the rink holding hands. Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

With the holidays coming, you're going to want to save some money. But it's also the time of year when you probably want to go out on the town, see the tree, do something fun with friends. Stick with me, and you can have it both ways: I've found some free and nearly free fun for you to have in the city this weekend.

For instance, after ice skating for free in Bryant Park, you and a friend can head to Starbucks for a buy-one-get-one-free holiday drink. If you're feeling generous, you can buy your own Peppermint Mocha, new Skinny Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Gingerbread Latte or Eggnog Latte and let your friend get the freebie, or you can split the cost of the buy-one and each get one for half price. We're all about options here. The offer is good today through Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. daily.

Catch a free movie -- "Bon Appetit" -- at Big Screen Plaza (851 Sixth Ave.) at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Spanish-language film is a romantic comedy about two young cooks and a female sommelier who work together in a famous Zurich restaurant, and it's being screened as part of the Window to Spain cinema series. Call 212-533-4100 for details.

Want music? The Bad Rabbits are bringing their funk-punk show to the R Lounge (2 Times Square / 714 Seventh Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Get there early or you might not get in.

And if you love the Sesame Street muppets, you won't want to miss a free discussion with the creators of "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Apple Store, at 1981 Broadway (212-209-3400). Kevin Clash, master puppeteer and creator of Elmo, and filmmaker Constance Marks will discuss the documentary, which is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

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