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Dates:Saturday, December 31, 2022 - Sunday, January 1, 2023
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
boston first night 2023 photoFirst Night First Day is two-day, city-wide celebration that is free and open to the public.

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 fantastic Boston tradition, the First Night celebration in 2023 will continue to be free and open to all.

Entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square and Back Bay.

View the 2023 Schedule of Events

[From Copley Square to Boston Common] We’re thrilled to welcome back our Celebrate Boston Procession, the people's parade that will take colorful and celebratory groups from Copley Square to Boston Common at 6:00 PM. Once the performers pass by, the public is invited to walk along to the Boston Common, where fireworks will begin at 7:01 PM.

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 6:00 PM, and 7:01 PM Family Fireworks Display on Boston Common.

Join us and NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston for our signature midnight Copley Countdown pyrotechnics and light show in Copley Square.

Through the efforts of Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, Boston Harbor Now, and the Wharf District Council there will ALSO be a midnight fireworks display over Boston Harbor with viewing in the North End and the Seaport.

Event Locations:
● Copley Square
● Boston Public Library- Central Library
● Boston Common
● Old South Church
● Boston Harbor

Ice Sculptures
Ice sculptures make their dazzling return to First Night Boston! This year’s sculptures, themed “The 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party” will bring an ice-themed peek into a historic moment.

Sculptures will be located in the Copley Square fountain on New Year’s Eve, and available for public viewing from 12:00 noon to 12:30 AM. Additional sculptures will be displayed around Boston Public Library.

Boston Harbor Activity Schedule

Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll
Presented by: Boston Harbor Now & Waterfront Partners
When: December 31, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Boston Waterfront

Touch-a-Truck (& Boats)
Presented by: The Envoy Hotel
When: December 31, 1pm-4pm
Where: Envoy Hotel Boston, Fort Point Channel

New Years Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks
Presented by: Boston Harbor Now, The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, & The Wharf District Council
When: December 31, 11:59pm - 12:15am
Where: Boston Harbor

Arts and musical performances will take place in various venues around the Back Bay.

Looking for more fun December events in Boston? Our handy guide is a great resource to find out what's happening near you this month.

BostonCentral wishes you a safe, happy and healthy new year.

Start the new year off right with our handy guide to January Events in Boston, and take advantage of all the winter activities.

Visit our Boston Events Calendar for more great ideas on fun things to do with kids in Greater Boston all year long.

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Saturday December 31st (12noon-12midnight) through Sunday, January 1st (11a.m.-4p.m.).



560 Bolyston Street, Boston, MA, 02201 map
Phone: 617 204 4206

The most direct access via MBTA is the Green Line to Copley Station. There is no scheduled transportation for elderly provided by First Night First Day.
Dartmouth Street will be closed from St. James to Boylston from December 31st through January 1st. Trinity Place and Blagden Street will be closed on the 31st and 1st. Boylston Street will be closed from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the 31st along the parade route from Dartmouth St. to the Boston Common.

There will be no parking on Bolyston Street between Dartmouth and Clarendon on the 31st and 1st.


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