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Dates:Sat, Sun from 12/31/21 - 1/1/22
Hours:11:45am - midnight 2022
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor

first night first day boston celebration 2022 photoNew Englanders will once again ring in the New Year in style: First Night Boston will return to the city for a series of in-person celebrations on Dec. 31, 2021.

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.

Starting at noon on Friday, Dec. 31, many of the beloved traditions of First Night’s past will continue, including cultural and musical performances, fantastic ice sculptures, light displays, puppet theater, a Boston Youth Chamber concert and 2 fireworks displays. (7:00pm family fireworks on Boston Common & 12:00 midnight at Copley Plaza).

The People’s Procession at 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM Family Fireworks sponsored by The Mugar Foundation on Boston Common.

Event Highlights

Puppet Showplace Theatre - Cardboard Explosion
This family friendly act will charm and delight children and adults alike, as resident artist Brad Shur brings unique puppets to life. The performances can be watched at the Copley Place Mall, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll Presented by: Boston Harbor Now
Get ready to count down to 2022 with over TWO dozen ice sculptures hosted by businesses and cultural sites across the Boston waterfront – the largest Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll ever!
When: December 31, 1pm – 4pm

Boston Youth Chamber
The group, composed of classically trained youth musicians, will perform at Boston Public Library beginning at 3 p.m. Jae Min Ahn, a senior at Wellesley High School, will play the violin, while Albert Tang, a senior at Boston University Academy, will be on the cello.

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular
At 6 p.m.The Skating Club of Boston celebrates the New Year at The Boston Common Frog Pond with our annual Skating Spectacular! Delight in watching spins, jumps, lifts and fancy footwork from our community of talented skaters.

Family Fireworks
Immediately following the show, the Mugar Family Fireworks will take place on Boston Common at 7:00pm.

And lots, lots more!
A full schedule of events can be found on the First Night website.

General Schedule

Friday, December 31, 2021

12:00 p.m. Performances begin at the Main Stage in Copley Square, outside of Copley Place Mall, outside of Boston Public Library

5:50 p.m. Welcome from Mayor Michelle Wu at the Main Stage in Copley Square

6:00 p.m. People’s Procession from Copley Square to Boston Common & The Skating Club of Boston’s Frog Pond Skating Spectacular begins at Boston Common Frog Pond

7:00 p.m. Family Fireworks over Boston Common, presented by the Mugar Foundation and the City of Boston

7:30 p.m. Copley Countdown begins in Copley Square, music returns to the Main Stage

11:30 p.m. Silver Arrow Band to take the Main Stage

11:59 p.m. Pyrotechnics and Copley Countdown in Copley Square

Saturday, January 1, 2022

12:00 a.m. Boston Harbor Fireworks, presented by Friends of Christopher Columbus Park

12:30 a.m. Event conclusion

Performances will take place around Copley Plaza, Boston Public Library, Boston Common, and the Boston Waterfront.

Events are free and no registration is necessary. Performances will take place around Copley Plaza, Boston Public Library, Boston Common, and nearby churches.

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



Copley Square, Boston, MA, 02116 map
Phone: 6174397700

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  • First Night First Day Boston is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. If you would like to ensure that this Boston tradition continues for many years to come, please donate on the website.

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