From Best Free Stuff Guide
During the month of December, a variety of stores, restaurants, and businesses offer customers free food, samples, and entertainment in the form of December freebies. These December freebies help save consumers money for the holidays, and allow stores to promote new and existing products in order to entice new customers. Free offers in December 2013 include free food from Chili's, free shipping discounts from several online retailers, and free admission to several museums in the U.S.
|Dec. 1||World Aids Awareness Day|
|Nov. 27-Dec. 5||Hanukkah|
|Dec. 15||National Cupcake Day|
|Dec. 17||National Maple Syrup Day|
|Dec. 18||Bake Cookies Day|
|Dec. 21||National Flashlight Day|
|Dec. 24||Christmas Eve, National Eggnog Day|
|Celebrates||Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, National Tie Month, Universal Human Rights Month|
|Sales||Wedding dresses, tools, champagne, after Christmas sales: clothing, holiday decorations, wrapping paper, cards|
|Annual freebies||Chili's month of discounts, Museums on Us|
2014 December Freebies, Coupons and Discount Offers
Bank of America offers free admission to over 150 participating museums through the Museums on Us program to its customers. The 2014 dates are on December 6 and 7. Participating museums include the Anchorage Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the High Museum, the Miami Science Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the EdVenture Children's Museum, and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
2013 December Freebies, Coupons and Discount Offers
- In Southeastern Wisconsin, all 125 McDonald's locations are offering free coffee to customers from December 16 through December 22. Only one coffee is available per person, and no purchase is required.
- Apple is sponsoring a 12 Days of Gifts freebie program. Consumers who download the 12 Gifts of Christmas App will receive a free app, book, film, or song each day for 12 days from December 26 through January 6.
- Chili's runs a "Holidaily" promotion each year from the end of November through December 24. The promotion includes a new deal each day for its duration. Offers include a free slice of Pumpkin Spice Molten Cake with the purchase of an entree and a free chips and queso with the purchase of an entree.
- Free Shipping Day takes place on December 18, 2013. On this day, several online retailers offer free shipping promotions on orders. Participants include Cabela's, REI, Sports Authority, Lamps Plus, Dick's Sporting Goods, Radio Shack, and Hot Topic.
- The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco offers free admission to the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and rainforest for one day in December each year as part of its Quarterly Free Sundays, sponsored by Chase. The 2013 date was on December 8.
- The Milwaukee County Zoo typically offers free admission to visitors one day in December as part of the zoo's Family Free Days program sponsored by Fox 6 and North Shore Bank. In 2013, the free date was on December 7.
- Target sponsors a variety of free admission events through its Target Free Events program each year. These places usually offer one free admission day during December. Participating museums in 2013 include the Houston Children's Museum, the Atlanta Children's Museum, and the Chicago Children's Museum. 
2013 December Free Gift Card Offers
- Olive Garden offers a free $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase before December 25. The bonus card must be used between January 1 and February 9, 2014.
- Carrabba's Italian Grill issues a $20 bonus card for every $100 gift card purchase through December 31. The bonus card must be used between January 1 and February 10 of 2014.
- During the holiday season, Chili's offers a free $10 gift card incentive with every $50 gift card purchase. The bonus card must be redeemed between January 1 and February 10, 2014.
- Uno Chicago Grill offers a $5 bonus voucher with every $25 gift card purchase. The bonus voucher must be redeemed between January 2 and February 13, 2014.
- TGI Fridays offers a $5 bonus bite for every $25 gift card purchase.
- Red Lobster issues a $5 off coupon for every $25 gift card purchase online. The bonus card must be used between January 1 and Februart 9, 2014.
- Landry's Restaurants offer a $10 Reward Card for every $50 gift card purchase through December 24. The bonus offer must be redeemed between January 2 and February 12, 2014.
Where to Find December Freebies
Restaurants and retailers that operate Facebook pages often post information about their free offers and samples on their social networking site. Shoppers may need to "like" the company's page in order to receive the discounts. Official websites of stores and shops typically include information about freebies that are offered during December. National newspapers may also post information about free December offers and how to redeem them.
Museums on Us