Check out the First Night Event Map for activities happening in Boston on New Year’s Eve. For the North End / Waterfront area, the most significant event is the fireworks display at midnight from a barge in Boston Harbor.
New to First Night this year are programs at the brand new Modern Theatre and Paramount Theatre on Washington Street, performances at Symphony Hall and film presentations at the Stuart Street Playhouse.There are just more than 250 events — both indoor and outdoor — in this year’s First Night celebration, including the traditional ice sculptures on the Boston Common, the grand procession through downtown Boston and the popular FedEx Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center.
All First Night outdoor events are free, though supported by sales of the First Night button, which is the ticket for admission to all indoor events. The buttons are $18 (children under 4 receive free admission) and have been available at Boston-area Shaw’s and Star Markets, Store 24s, Au Bon Pains and dozens of other locations throughout the city. People can also buy buttons by clicking here.
The annual Metro Boston Grand Procession led by Mayor Menino will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center and will travel down Boylston Street and end at the corner of Charles and Beacon streets.The first of two fireworks shows will then begin on Boston Common starting at 7 p.m. to allow young families to enjoy the First Night activities. The second show will be over Boston Harbor at midnight.
A full schedule of events and details of the First Night celebration can be found here.