Even though the biggest Boston New Year's Eve event for 2024 is the famous First Night celebration, there are plenty of other New Year's Eve parties and special events for you to consider - plus a spectacular fireworks show over Boston Harbor and Countdown at Copley Square at midnight.

Whether you're looking for a romantic night of dancing and champagne, a fireworks cruise, entertainment at a concert or comedy club, or a festive but family-friendly way to welcome the New Year, you'll find plenty of exciting choices.

Our guide to the best New Year's Eve events and celebrations in Boston gives you the whole spectrum of things to do on this special night.

Credit: Top photo of fireworks over Boston courtesy of Bill Damon, cc by 2.0

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New Year's Eve Fireworks on Boston Harbor

Fireworks over Boston Harbor in New Year's Eve - photo courtesy Michael Landers
New Year's Eve fireworks at midnight over Boston Harbor, photographed from East Boston - Photo Credit: Unsplash/Matthew Landers

Head over to Christopher Columbus Park to ring in the New Year by watching fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight launched from a barge between Long Wharf and Fan Pier.

The best place to watch?  Any spot along the waterfront overlooking Boston Harbor, such as the North End's Christopher Columbus Park, the Downtown Waterfront, Fan Pier in the Seaport District, the East Boston Harborwalk, Charlestown Waterfront, and Castle Island. 

The fireworks display is co-sponsored by Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, the organization that is also responsible for the gorgeous lighted trellis and all the many activities that take place in this gorgeous waterfront park - the gateway to Boston's North End, and other Boston Harbor Now members (numerous waterfront-related businesses, institutions, organizations, including the US Coast Guard), the Wharf District Council, and City of Boston.

New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Cruises

Holiday cruises around Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
New Year's Eve celebration aboard the Northern Lights

Welcome the New Year aboard the elegant yacht Northern Lights on these special New Year's Eve and New Year's Day cruises around Boston Harbor.  These cruises always sell out early - so don't wait to make your reservations!

  • New Year's Eve Cruise - Say goodbye to 2024 and welcome 2025 on this elegant Boston Harbor cruise with fireworks, live music, and gourmet appetizers; purchase the beverage of your choice onboard - or pre-order a bottle of Moet & Chandon when you book - Book now
  • New Year's Day Brunch Cruise - Welcome the New Year with a tasty hot 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing tour around Boston Harbor - perfect start to the New Year! - Book now
  • Gift Card - Give the perfect holiday gift!  Shop now

More holiday cruises:

Celebrate the holidays while relaxing and sightseeing on the festively decorated Northern Lights on these special cruises around Boston Harbor:

First Night Boston

First Night Boston ice sculpture of Tadpole Playground in Boston Common
Ice sculpture on Boston Common

Ice sculptures, a huge parade down Boylston Street, non-stop entertainment, music and dancing, Countdown to Midnight in Copley Square - Boston's annual First Night celebration offers something fun for everyone. 

With events starting at noon, the alcohol-free, family-friendly First Night Boston is the city's largest New Year's Eve celebration. 

Best of all:  All official First Night/First Day events are free.

More about First Night Boston events, schedule, hotels, transportation, and parking

New Year's Eve Shows & Theater in Boston

From Blue Man Group to Lake Street Dive, you can choose from several shows in Boston's theaters on New Year's Eve:

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New Year's Eve Comedy Shows

Start the New Year with a laugh. 

The Wilbur Theatre and Boston's other comedy clubs offer exciting lineups on New Year's Eve.

Check them out!

New Year's Eve at the Brattle Theatre 

Want to escape all the New Year's Eve hype by doing something totally different this year?  Head over to the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge for their New Year's Eve movie, Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It's a double feature with sci-fi/comedy adventure starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once. 

Check the Brattle Theatre's website for times and tickets.

Boston Sports on New Year's Eve 

TD Garden is usually a good bet for New Year's Eve entertainment - but not this year!  If you want to catch a Celtics, Bruins, or Harlem Globetrotters game there this year, head over on Christmas Day or Wednesday or Thursday.

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New Year's Eve (and Day) on the Waterfront

In addition to the Midnight Harbor Fireworks, lots more mostly free fun activities take place along the Waterfront throughout New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:

Ice Sculpture Stroll

The annual Ice Sculpture Stroll along Boston Harbor is bigger and better than ever this year, with imaginative ice sculptures and activities for you to enjoy in these (mostly) waterfront locations:

North End Ice Sculpture Locations

  • Atlantic Wharf
  • Battery Wharf Hotel
  • Christopher Columbus Park

Charlestown End Ice Sculpture Locations

  • Charlestown Navy Yard

Downtown Waterfront Ice Sculpture Locations

  • Marriott Long Wharf
  • New England Aquarium
  • Harbor Towers
  • International Place
  • Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center (Greenway)
  • Boston Harbor Hotel

Seaport/South Boston Waterfront Ice Sculpture Locations

  • Envoy Hotel
  • Fan Pier/Fallon CBRE
  • Fjällräven
  • Kings Dining & Entertainment
  • LL Bean
  • Moakley Courthouse
  • Sephora Seaport
  • WS Development Seaport
  • Yotel

More New Year's Eve Along the Waterfront Activities - December 31

  • Wharf District Harborwalk Tour
  • 1pm-4pm - First Responder Touch-a-Truck/Boat at the Envoy Hotel in Seaport (to be confirmed)
  • Harbor Map Tour at the Boston Harbor Hotel

New Year's Day Activities - January 1 (to be confirmed)

  • 12 noon-about 1pm - First Day Hike from Old North Church (meet there at noon) to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown  (to be confirmed)
  • 12 noon-4pm - Seafarer's Island Holiday - New Year's Cruise to Thompson Island from Rowes Wharf on the Downtown Waterfront - Tickets $30 adults and $20 children 3-12 - buy tickets online in advance or on the day of the trip; more details here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3620789   (to be confirmed)

Cheap Flights & Cozy Hotels for New Year's Eve in Boston

Need a cheap flight to Boston for your New Year's Eve celebration?  Check out our tips for finding flight bargains, including last-minute deals.

Now that you've saved on your flight, treat yourself to a cozy Boston hotel with fireplace.  Rates are at their lowest

Public Transportation on New Year's Eve

MBTA provides extended subway and commuter rail service on New Year's Eve with until approximately 2am. 

Additional subway cars will operate and provide rush-hour level service throughout the evening. 

And as a bonus, the T (subway) will be free between 8pm and approximately 2am. 

The Commuter Rail does its part by providing additional trains, making all stops on the way to destinations, and following a weekday schedule.  

Buses, the Silver Line, and trackless trollies also operate on a weekday schedule. 

So don't even thing about driving into, around, or out of Boston on New Year's Eve!

More about Boston's subway service

More details about New Year's Eve service (including bicycle restrictions during certain hours) here:  https://blog.mass.gov/transportation/mbta/mbta-new-years-eve-free-service

More Things to Do in Boston on New Year's Eve

Q & A about First Night: You ask, we'll answer .

"Ice Crystal" sculpture in Copley Square
"Ice Crystal" sculpture in Copley Square

Where to have dinner near the 7pm First Night Fireworks?

Folks I know are going to Chinatown for dinner and then to First Night fireworks on Boston Common at 7 pm. I'm vegetarian and they're not. 

Where would you recommend . . . see our recommendations about vegetarian and vegan places to dine in Chinatown and near Copley Square

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