In the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the holiday season, it can be easy to forget to make New Year’s Eve plans. Don’t wait until after Christmas to figure out how you’ll be ringing in 2014. Instead, start planning your outing in Boston now – a destination known for both elaborate NYE celebrations and family-friendly activities. It’s less stress than New York City, but it will be just as fun! When you combine world-class Boston attractions with once-a-year festivities, the result is bound to be incredible.
Every year, Boston welcomes the New Year with art, music, dance, culture, and, fireworks with a daylong event known as First Night. This year’s incredible line-up includes performances by Patti Smith and her band, Gentleman Hall, and Anaïs Mitchell, among many other artists from local up-and-comers to global sensations.
First Night’s focal point is Copley Square, which will be decked out with ice sculptures and a brilliant video projection display. The annual Grand Procession (sponsored by Bank of America) will be back for a parade themed “Rise and Shine” that promises to light up the night along Boylston Street and the Boston Common as dancers, drummers, and performers take to the streets. Over at Hynes Convention Center the Family Festival will take place, featuring singers, puppet theater, and circus performances. This year’s Festival also includes three rooms of interactive sound and light reactive art exhibits that will delight visitors of all ages.
The most impressive part of First Night is that it’s wildly affordable. For only $10, you can purchase a button that grants you access to all of the shows on a first come/first served basis. Plus, you can see all the outside events entirely free! However, if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can get guaranteed premium seating at the most popular events, like Patti Smith’s performance. To see a full line-up and to purchase your button, go to www.firstnightboston.org.
While First Night is a great way to spend New Year’s Eve in Boston, there’s also plenty to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that doesn’t involve bright lights and loud music. The New Year offers a great opportunity for families to visit the most popular Boston attractions. For instance, it’s a great time to take the Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour, when the city is alive with excitement and the Christmas decorations are still on display. You could also treat your kids to some time at the Museum of Science or the New England Aquarium, both of which are plenty of fun for adults as well. For a bit of adventure, make your way up to the top of the Prudential Tower to the Skywalk Observatory. From that height, you might even be able to see all the way to New Hampshire.
If you’re still looking affordable family-friendly activities for New Years Eve or the holiday season, check out our Boston Holiday Attractions package offering 47% off admission to the Boston Trolley Tour, the Skywalk Observatory, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.