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Best Boston New Year's Eve Events 2023

The best parties, fireworks, toasts and sparkly lights to welcome 2023 in Boston.

JQ Louise
Tanya Edwards
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JQ Louise
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Tanya Edwards
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Whether you’re excitedly leaving 2022 in the rearview or celebrating the end of the best year ever, New Year’s Eve is all about new possibilities and what’s to come. Make 2023 your year with celebrations around Boston for every personality, whether you’re looking for an epic party, a romantic dinner or early activities for the kids, we’ve found the best ways to mark new beginnings. Boston will be a buzzing place to be come December 31. Read on for everything to do in Boston and beyond on New Year’s Eve this year. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to New Year’s Eve in Boston

Boston New Year’s Eve events

First night is back in a big way, for the first time really since 2019, and ready to ring in 2023 with a full schedule of exciting performances and fun for the whole family. Festivities usually kick off around noon on New Year’s Eve, and you can expect live music at the BPL, a parade through Back Bay, ice sculptures displayed in Copley Square, a "skating spectacular" on the Common's Frog Pond and, of course, fireworks at the strike of midnight. For more details, check out the full itinerary online.

  • Things to do

Parties are back in a big way around Boston and ringing in 2023 should be the biggest celebration yet. From intimate gatherings at your favorite local spots to big, blown out events with live music, DJs and more, New Year’s Eve parties promise to be some of the best ever.  Check out our guide to the New Year’s Eve parties that’ll be happening around Boston and get ready to welcome 2023 with a bang.

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  • Restaurants

Nothing says celebrating like a fantastic meal prepared by one of The Hub’s best chefs, and the great news is there are plenty of restaurants serving one last, celebratory supper to close out the calendar. From New Year’s themed drinks to indulgent prix fixe menus, our cities finest restaurants are ready to host you! Read on for our list of the best restaurants in Boston offering fabulously festive menus this Dec. 31. But be sure to book a table before they are all scooped up. 

  • Things to do

With the holiday season coming to a close and nothing but the dead of winter ahead of us, why not grab one last look at our city in its festive best? Elaborate displays of glimmering lights set against a dark winter sky are bound to lift your spirits while you welcome the New Year. Here are some places to have your last holiday light hurrah before the clock strikes midnight and closes out 2022. 

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  • Bars

From creative cocktail bars to dives to wine bars, there’s something for every kind of celebration in our city. Whether you're looking for the driest martini, a cold pint of local lager, a creative cocktail or a glass of natural wine, there's a place for you. Head to your corner local or go big at an ultralounge, but be sure to check in advance to find out if there’s a cover charge or tickets required for entrance on New Year’s Eve!

While we love Boston, it’s inarguable that one of the best times to travel is over the New Year’s break. Whether you hop on a plane and head to an island or overseas to ring in the New Year hours early, celebrating 2023 out of town can feel so special. If you’d rather a road trip, resorts and hotels across New England are hosting celebrations as well. Out on the Cape, the Pelham House Resort will be hosting an oceanfront extravaganza to usher in 2023. Ticketed guests will enjoy enjoy food stations, activites, entertainment, and cash bars throughout, along with a live band and dancing. Head North to Vermont’s luxurious Hermitage Inn for a decadent dinner on December 31, then work off your meal hiking the next day.

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Party at Boston’s coolest hotels
Photograph: Courtesy Liberty Hotel

7. Party at Boston’s coolest hotels

Looking for an epic party to ring in 2023? The Liberty Hotel’s annual fete will take place on all levels of The Liberty Hotel’s main rotunda and feature three of Boston’s top DJs, two dance floors, entertainment and aerial performances by The Boston Circus Guild, and a light dinner buffet. Across town, the Revere Hotel will be hosting a 21+ "Shimmer and Shine Ball" featuring a DJ, party favors, photo opps, and more. Dress to impress is encouraged. Finally, keep it classy at the Fairmont’s OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, a perennial Boston fave, who will be offering a special of a dozen wellfleet oysters, responsibly sourced caviar, veuve mignonette, blini’s, cultured cream and traditional accouterments, with the bar pouring drinks until 12:45am.

Move your NYE gathering out of the city and down the Cape!  Grab the whole family and snag the lowest rates of the year at AutoCamp Cape Cod. Enjoy a holiday staycation and a cozy weekend of festivities over New Years weekend.

Thursday, December 29

  • Inner Glow: Yoga Flow- 8:30am
  • Acoustic Music: Naomi Steckman, Freelance Cellist 6:00pm

Friday, December 30

  • Inner Glow: Yoga Flow- 8:30am
  • Acoustic Music: Brian Sullivan 6:00 pm
  • Tim Little: Stargazing - 8:00pm - Helm Lawn

Saturday, December 31

  • Inner Glow: Yoga Flow- 8:30am
  • Arts With Elisa: 12:00 pm
  • Acoustic Music: Shannon Davis 6:00 pm
  • 2nd Floor NYE Programming 6pm-Midnight
  • Sparkling CIder Toast/S’Mores Bar 9pm-10pm

Sunday, January 1

  • Inner Glow: Yoga Flow- 8:30am
  • ACCC: Game Night 7:00 pm
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