An Event Fit For the Entire Family – Ring in the New Year in Boston’s Beautiful Back Bay

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How many cities in the world perfectly combine history, elegance and festiveness on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Just one – the one and only Boston!

For over 40 years now, Boston’s First Night and First Day, aka New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, have been signature events of the city, featuring artistic performances, beautiful displays, and celebratory gatherings.

Truly one of the most magical times of the year, First Night and Day offer so many activities to do and sights to see, it can be hard to keep track! To help you stay organized in your First Night and Day planning, here are the highlight events to look forward to this year.

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve Boston MA Style

Dance Lessons

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Throughout the entire day of December 31st, complimentary dance lessons for all ages are being offered at the Ballroom in Boston. Each lesson features a different age group and style, from Swing to Salsa, there’s a lesson for all!

Puppetry Galore!

Get ready to enjoy a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience this NYE. For 15 minutes throughout the entire afternoon, audiences of all ages will enjoy fun, energetic, participatory puppet shows. “Cardboard Explosion!” brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination.

Boston’s Family Fireworks

It isn’t NYE without a glorious display of fireworks! From 7-7:15 p.m. enjoy the show as delightful fireworks display lights up the skyline.

Plethora of Incredible Talent

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One of the best parts of First Night are the amazing musical and dance performances.  Happening all day long, artists from all genres will be performing at various times. Enjoy the synchronized and precious steps of the O’Shea Chaplin troupe, witness the raw talent of Phunk Phenomenon – professional Boston-based dancers recently featured on America’s Best Dance Crew, and groove along to the tunes of Cask Mouse – an American rock band with deep roots in country music. Those aren’t the only acts to look forward to, there are quite a few more, and you can see the entire schedule here.  

Pipes and Pops Concert

A fan favorite, the Pipes and Pops Concert is a seasonal classic and will be taking place twice during NYE.

Bradley Barlett-Roche

Voted Boston’s Instrumentalist by Young Performer’s Clun and 2015 Grand Prize Winner at the New England Talent Agency Showcase in Music and Acting, Bradley Barlett-Roche is a 14-year-old solo pianist, tenor saxophonist, vocalist, and composer. Oh and he’s from Massachusetts of course! He will be performing on New Year’s Day at noon in Copley Square.

Nearly every exciting and festive event is happening in or around the bustling  Copley Square. If you’re visiting Boston for the first time, located in the heart of Boston, Copley Square is nestled in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Between festivities, consider swinging by one of Copley Square’s most elegant and iconic hotels – Copley Square Hotel.

We hope you enjoy the magnificent, and complimentary, offerings of Boston’s First Night and First Day celebrations. Truly, there’s no city that works as diligently to present such a well-rounded and full schedule of events to welcome in the New Year, as Boston does. This is an exciting time to live in or visit the city, and for the full schedule of events, please visit here. Happy holidays and happy New Year!

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