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|
2013 December Freebies, Coupons and Discount Offers
Every December, a variety of museums, zoos, and aquariums throughout the U.S. offer free admission through programs like Museums on Us and Target Free Events. For example:
- Bank America offers free admission to over 150 participating museums through the Museums on Us program on December 7 and 8 to its customers. 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.
- Target sponsors a variety of free admission events through its Target Free Events program. For example, free admission to the Houston Children's Museum is available on the first Sunday of December. In 2013, the free admission day is December 2. On December 10, free admission is available at the Atlanta Children's Museum. On December 1, free admission is available at the Chicago Children's Museum.
- The Milwaukee County Zoo offers free admission to visitors on December 7 as part of the zoo's 2013 Family Free Days program sponsored by Fox 6 and North Shore Bank.
- The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco offers free admission to the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and rainforest on December 8 as part of Quarterly Free Sundays, sponsored by Chase.
- 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.
2013 December Free Gift Card Offers
- During the holiday season, Chili's offers a free $10 gift card incentive with every $50 gift card purchase.
- Uno Chicago Grill offers a $5 bonus voucher with every $25 gift card purchase.
- 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.
- Landry's Restaurants offer a $10 Reward Card for every $50 gift card purchase.
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
- Atlanta Children's Museum, Atlanta