If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to spend New Year’s Eve, the only game in town is Boston’s First Night celebration. As the nation’s oldest and possibly most well-known New Year’s arts and culture festival, this all-day event caters to young and old and everyone in between. Music, dancing, skating, slam poetry, and the world-famous ice sculptures are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Each year since 1976 the event has grown and now showcases hundreds of artists, exhibitions, and interactive programs for “button holders”. That’s right. A paltry $15 (+$3 shipping if ordered online; children under 4 free) gives you a simple button, which in turn, grants access to any event, museum, and show on the jam-packed 1pm through midnight schedule.
If you ask around town, most will say the evening ice sculptures and fireworks are the must-see attractions. Although true, there are always hidden gems to find. The event gives you great opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of Boston and see what the city has to offer — even if you’ve lived there your whole life. You can often find little-known artists or exhibits that end up making waves in the major arts scene. And it’s a great place to meet locals. Bostonians come in hordes, proud of the ongoing grassroots tradition that seems to continue and grow every year.
So come celebrate downtown on December 31st for what’s sure to be a evening of fun for the whole family.