No other time of year has quite the same build-up of energy and excitement the way the end of the year does. After 12 months of ups and downs and everything in between, it’s refreshing to know that on the horizon is the dawn of a fresh set of 12 months that will be filled with a whole new set of unknowns. For many, the new year represents a clean slate, a chance to set goals and intentions to work towards.
What to Do for New Year’s Eve in Boston
Determining how to celebrate the momentous occasion of greeting the new year is fun, albeit challenging at times. Stay in town? Head out on a trip? Host a party? RSVP to a party? There are just so many options.
If you love to travel, then perhaps you kick-off 2019 with a trip! Few cities offer more variety, excitement, and classic American aesthetics than Boston. Curious as to what you can get up to this NYE in Boston? Here are some options!
The classic choice is First Night, which has been a local tradition since 1975. This event was the first of its kind and has inspired similar events in cities across the nation. Over the course of the day, starting around noon, you can enjoy an array of free festivities in the Back Bay and Copley Square neighborhoods. Enjoy family activities, ice sculptures, fireworks, figure skating show, pyrotechnics, and more. There’s a special countdown in the center of Copley Square leading up to midnight, be there or be “square!”
Pro-tip: the ice sculptures are fantastic, and one of our favorite parts of the festivities!
First Night Fireworks Spectacular
Above all else, if you only do one thing in Boston to ring in the New Year, we recommend the fireworks display! The Norton Harbor is a magnificent sight year-round, but on NYE the glittering fireworks illuminate it creating a sense of awe, inspiration, and motivation for a spectacular year ahead. The show is completely free to watch!
What could be better than Eataly? Eataly on New Year’s Eve filled with people dressed in masquerade attire. If you’re unfamiliar with Eataly, it’s essentially an Italian market filled with goods to buy and taste, as well as a few actual sit down restaurants. It’s a blissful place, and on NYE you’ll be treated to food, drinks, live music, and festivities. Find out more here.
Boston Pops Featuring Seth McFarlane
The Boston Pops is a beloved musical performance and Boston institution and has been for decades. This NYE, the Pops invited a special guest to take part, Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy. The celebration features a cash bar, an array of dining options, and the highlight of the night – the delightful seasonal music.
Ring in The New Year Party Style
If getting dolled up to spend the night dancing, drinking, and socializing, then we recommend choosing from the array of bars, clubs, and hotel parties available! SEriously there are dozens to choose from, each offering a slightly different variation of the same concept. It doesn’t matter much which one you choose, as they are all going to be an entertaining time! Here’s a great resource to help you choose.
New Year’s Eve Dining
Ah, dining in Boston, perhaps where Boston shines the most. Seriously, the entire city of Boston is one giant food tour waiting for you to explore! Every well-to-do restaurant and chef goes above and beyond on NYE. Ready your taste buds and get to planning out a day, and night, full of delicious meals. This is our favorite guide for determining where to eat.
Nearly all of the public and complimentary festivities are in the Back Bay and Copley Square, which are two adjacent neighborhoods. Additionally, Eataly is near Copley Square, as well as most of the big parties and critically acclaimed restaurants. If you are visiting and wish to be in the heart of the action, then a hotel in either neighborhood will be the wisest choice! Hurry though, everything tends to sell out fast! We still have a few rooms available, which you can peruse here.