New Year's Eve in Boston

Best Boston New Year's Eve Events - 2018

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Boston

Even though the biggest Boston New Year's Eve event for 2018 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 courtesy of Bill Damon

First Night Boston

First Night Boston ice sculpture of Tadpole Playground in Boston Common

Ice sculptures, a huge parade, 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. 

And if that's not enough, First Day Boston events provide even more things to do on New Year's Day.

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

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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.  Both the Wilbur Theatre and Laugh Boston have top comedians scheduled for New Year's Eve:

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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 Cruises

Holiday cruises around Boston Harbor Cruise on 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!

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New Year's Eve Fireworks on Boston Harbor

First Night Boston ice sculpture of frogs - photo courtesy of Tim Sackton

Head over to Christopher Columbus Park to ring in the New Year by watching fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight. 

The best place to watch?  Any spot along the waterfront overlooking Boston Harbor, such as the North End (including Christopher Columbus Park), the Downtown Waterfront, South Boston Waterfront, East Boston, Charlestown, Castle Island. 

The fireworks display is 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!

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Fireworks at First Night Boston - photo courtesy of Kris Who-
Photo courtesy courtesy of Kriswho

Where to have dinner near the 7pm First Night Fireworks on New Year's Eve?

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 . . . more

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