Boston is one of over 60 US cities nationwide to celebrate First Night, a non-alcohol family-friendly New Year's Celebration, generally featuring performing artists, community events, parades, and fireworks displays to celebrate the New Year. First Night in Boston is the country’s oldest and largest New Year’s Eve celebration of local arts. Now in 2011 it is in its 35th year, the day-long, family-friendly event provides an alcohol-free outlet for all ages, complete with music, dance, ice sculptures, fireworks, and more to welcome the start of the New Year of 2012.
First Night 2012 will feature hundreds of artists in exhibitions and performances throughout more than 35 locations throughout Boston, including the Arlington Street Church, Museum of Science, Copley Square, the Improv Asylum, and many more. A 12-minute display will light up the Boston sky at midnight. For best viewing, make your way to Boston Harbor, or to the Boston Common ball field for a front-row seat.
The city of Boston knows how to ring in the New Year with a bang, and as the downtown club district comes alive at night, the hottest clubs in the city celebrate with their own Boston New Years events. With the amount of outdoor festivities and fireworks happening in and around the city, the best nightclubs host their own Boston New Years celebrations. No matter what you're looking for this New Years Eve, Boston has it. The Boston club scene is continually becoming one of the hottest places to party in the New England area, drawing many visitors to the city during the holiday season.