New Years Eve Celebrations

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year. In keeping with this tradition, the First Night celebration in 2018 will continue to be free and open to all.

Entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square and Back Bay. Many of the beloved traditions of First Night’s past will continue, including cultural and musical performances in various indoor venues around the Back Bay, fantastic ice sculptures, light displays, the People’s Procession at 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Family Fireworks sponsored by The Mugar Foundation in Boston Common.

Join the NBC Boston for the signature midnight countdown on Copley pyrotechnics and light show in Copley Square.

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Copley Square will welcome New Year’s revelers to participate in activities devoted to families and children’s entertainment from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Starting Dec. 26, you will be able to download the GooseChase Android or iPhone App, find the First Night Boston Scavenger Hunt, and start completing missions to earn points towards an awesome Boston prize-pack! There will be several ‘missions’ available to enhance your First Night Boston experience.

Participants will be guided through the Copley/Back Bay area, allowing them to experience all of the ongoing activities, while also playing a game, receiving points, and entering for the chance to win a Boston Getaway Prize Package.

Once the app is downloaded participants will be presented with missions, which can include photo/video submissions, location check-ins, and answering questions. Participants will also have the chance to discover the First Night Unicorn, which can be found in locations throughout the First Night First Day activities.

This event will take place Sunday, Dec. 31 (12 noon – midnight) and Monday, Jan. 1 (11 a.m. – 4p.m.)

So far, the prizes include: a one night stay at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, a $100 gift card to Towne Stove and Spirits, a $100 gift card to Brasserie Jo, and a gift certificate to Paper Source on Boylston Street for a one-hour card making class.

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