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First Night Activities Include Ice Sculptures & Midnight Fireworks

The weather looks perfect for New Year’s Eve! Midnight Fireworks will explode over Boston Harbor with viewing from Christopher Columbus Park or anywhere on the waterfront. Earlier in the night, First Night Boston 2016 takes place around Copley Square. During the day, take a stroll to see the ice sculptures featured in the post below from Winter on the Waterfront.

Celebrate First Night & New Year’s on the Waterfront!
December 31st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Fourteen waterfront businesses and non-profits led by The Boston Harbor Association are partnering with First Night to expand free, family-friendly activities along Boston Harbor.

Together we have created and self-funded a family-friendly holiday stroll from 1-4 pm on First Night. Each of 12 sites will include an ice sculpture trail and feature a variety of refreshments and free activity.

Can’t pick between free programs like skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel, cider and scones at the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum or a one-of-a-kind chance to check out the firetrucks and boats of First Responders at the Envoy? Why not see them all? Thanks to the generosity of the participating organizations, prizes from free museum tickets and meals to hotel stays will be raffled out to randomly selected visitors who snap a selfie at each location – the more stops you make, the more entries you get! Kick off the New Year with a new take on Boston’s Waterfront this First Night!

The following sites will include an ice sculpture and variety of refreshments and activities:
• Battery Wharf Hotel
• Boston Harbor Hotel
• Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
• East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (sponsor: East Boston Savings Bank)
• Envoy Hotel
• Faneuil Hall Marketplace
• InterContinental© Boston Hotel
• Legal Test Kitchen (LTK)
• New England Aquarium
• International Place
• Seaport Place
• USS Constitution Museum (sponsor: Distrigas/GDF SUEZ)

It all happens on Thursday, December 31st from 1-4pm.

Check out the Program Guide (pdf). For full locations and descriptions go to

One Reply to “First Night Activities Include Ice Sculptures & Midnight Fireworks

  1. Boston is the ideal city in all the Northeast. The biggest problem I experience is the insufficiant or outdated roads and bridges. Hopefully these are on the drawing board. Boston needs more accesable roads as it continues to grow. Boston Strong!!

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