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Putting a wrap on 2020 in Boston, and looking ahead to 2021

Here at Time Out Boston, we've never been so ready to welcome a new year—here we come, 2021!

Written by
Eric Grossman

Hey Boston, this might be the last chance we have to salute you in 2020, and given the year it has been, each and every one of you deserves our heartiest congratulations for making it through the most challenging year The Hub has seen in ages.

Now that we're squarely in the run-up to New Year's Eve, the mood in Boston is, how should we put it, just a tad uncertain. To celebrate alone or as safely-as-possible with friends and family? To go out or stay in? (If it's the former, check out one of the best New Year's Eve events in Boston, or make a ressie for one of the best restaurants open on New Year's Eve in Boston.)

We also wanted to take the time to share our admiration one more time and say thanks to the heroes, artists, performers, restaurants and communities that banded together to help us all get through 2020. You kept us nourished, entertained and inspired in a year like no other.

This being The Hub of the Universe—no city has as many smart, funny, strong-willed denizens—many of us have already turned our attention to 2021 and beyond. Every chance we get, we want to shout out the creatives and communities that make Boston the best city in the land.

Speaking of, in case you missed it, our Future Cities spotlight took a look at 10 people, places and things that are working towards making a better future for Boston. We're talking about the urban planner working on Boston’s 10-year cultural plan, a culinary visionary who wants you to dream about vegetables, a fashionista using art and fashion to empower women through economic mobility, a breakthrough culinary concept coming to Charlestown, and the scion of a famous sportsman helping others to find their inner champ.

If nothing else, 2020 has reminded us of the importance of supporting our favorite local shops and businesses, especially those in Boston’s coolest neighborhood. And remember, it's not too late to treat your inner circle to thoughtfully-sourced gifts—while supporting local artisans and makers—by consulting our local gift guide.

Lastly, we wanted to say: Bring on 2021! We look forward to the return of social life, and you can be sure that Time Out Boston will be ready for it.

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