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The best Boston New Year’s Eve events

Welcome in 2020 in style with champagne toasts, themed parties, and fireworks at these Boston New Year’s Eve events

By Time Out Boston Staff

It's never too early (or too late) to make plans for New Year’s Eve in Boston. There are plenty of ways to celebrate all day, into the night, and well into New Year's Day. Choose from epic parties, cruises on the harbor, fireworks celebrations and more. These are the best Boston New Year’s Eve events to ring in 2020. If partying in a bar is more your style, check out our guides to the best Irish pubs in Boston, best cocktail bars in Boston, and best sports bars in Boston.

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Time Out Market Boston’s 2020 Electric Circus

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Avoid the inevitable “What are your NYE plans?” question and last-minute decision making this year, and get ready for an electrifying fete with Time Out Market Boston’s 2020 Electric Circus. DJs will be spinning all night alongside circus performances and a drag show. In addition, the Market’s all-star chefs and restauranteurs will be serving one-night-only culinary creations. When the ball drops at midnight, all guests will also receive a complimentary sparkling toast. Tickets (available on Eventbrite) are $85/person, which includes full access to the Market, all entertainment, and a $50 Time Out Market Card to enjoy for use at any of the eateries and Time Out Market Boston’s two bars. Here's to a happy and healthy 2020!

Best New Year’s Eve events in Boston

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1. First Night Boston

First Night has been a local New Year’s Eve tradition since 1975. Centered around Copley Square and Back Bay, the free festivities—including family activities, performances, ice sculptures, and light displays indoors and outside at various locations throughout the neighborhood—run throughout the day and into the night. At 7pm, families can enjoy an early countdown and fireworks display. At midnight, there's a countdown, pyrotechnics display, and light show in Copley Square as well as a fireworks display over the Boston Harbor. 

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2. Frog Pond Skating Spectacular

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The Skating Club of Boston presents its annual Skating Spectacular as part of First Night Boston. The production features national and international competitive figure skaters, soloists, groups, wee skaters, and Team Excel Synchronized Skating and Theatre On Ice of Boston teams. Stick around to watch the Mugar Family Fireworks after the show.

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4. Burlesque: A Risqué New Year's Eve Event

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The Liberty Hotel goes risqué for New Year's Eve with a Burlesque party. DJs Frank White, Bobby Bangers, and Joshua will spin all night while The Boston Circus Guild will perform on all levels. A light buffet is included with tickets, or you can make reservations for an extravagant four course dinner at Clink before the party.
8pm-1:45am, $95-$150pp

Banners Kitchen & Tap
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6. Throwback NYE at Banners Kitchen & Tap

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Banners Kitchen & Tap will mix old school tunes and treats with new school entertainment for a Throwback NYE Party. The signature 40-foot Dream Screen will show NYE celebrations from around the world as you enjoy a decadent buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP booth packages and Topgolf Swing Suite reservations are available.
7:30pm, $75pp

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7. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

How about a romantic cruise with all the trappings aboard a luxury yacht on New Year’s Eve? This three-hour cruise aboard the Northern Lights includes appetizers, a cash bar, and dancing all night long. Enjoy beautiful views of the skyline during the cruise, and a you’ll have a prime spot for the countdown and fireworks.

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8. A New Year’s Eve Festa

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Celebrate New Year's Eve on Italian time at Eataly. The grand storewide tasting will feature Eataly favorites like hand-pulled mozzarella, Island Creek Oysters, prosciutto, freshly-baked Roman-style pizza alla pala, handmade pasta, panettone and more. Wine stations throughout the store will keep things festive. Ring in the new year in La Piazza at 6pm.
3pm-7pm, $55pp

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9. Say goodbye to Coppersmith

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Send 2019 off with a bang while also saying your goodbyes to one of Southie's most popular hangouts, Coppersmith. The beloved bar will be closing, so the NYE party will be one to remember. Coppersmith will transform for an epic party featuring light appetizers, a midnight champagne toast, a one-thousand balloon drop as the clock strikes midnight, and a DJ spinning tunes all night long.

Bleacher Bar
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11. NYE Under the Bleachers

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Shut down the decade with a blowout at Bleacher Bar. Dress to impress (just for fun) and dance all night to DJ Richard Mixin'. The party will include a champagne toast and 10 pairs of Green Monster tickets will be given away throughout the night.

Game On!
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12. Game On!

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Raise a glass to a new decade in Fenway. Game On's NYE celebration will include a DJ, live music, giveaways, drink specials, ping pong suite access, a champagne toast and more.
9pm, $40


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