The best Boston New Year’s Eve events

Welcome in 2019 in style with champagne toasts, themed parties, and fireworks at these Boston New Year’s Eve events
Fireworks over Boston Harbor
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By Gerrish Lopez |

Start making plans for New Year’s Eve in Boston. There’s plenty of action all day, through the night, and into the morning. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Boston to ring in the new year, we’ve got you covered. From epic parties and cruises on the harbor to fireworks celebrations, these are the best Boston New Year’s Eve events. 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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Best New Year’s Eve events in Boston

First Night Boston
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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 start at noon. There are family activities, performances, ice sculptures, and light displays indoors and outside at various locations throughout the neighborhood. 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. 

Fireworks over Boston Harbor
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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 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.

Symphony Hall
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Music, Music venues

Seth McFarlane with the Boston Pops

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Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops bring you holiday cheer throughout the season, so what better way to ring in the new year than at the Symphony Hall on New Year’s Eve? Join the Pops and their very special guest—the Family Guy himself, Seth McFarlane. There will be a cash bar, several dining options, and of course fabulous seasonal tunes.

Icon Nightclub
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Nightlife, Clubs

Icon New Year’s Eve Party

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For a pumped-up countdown to the new year, head to Icon with other fabulous party people. The New Year's Eve party at this popular nightclub is sure to be next-level. A DJ will man the state-of-the-art DJ booth, spinning tracks all night. There will be a full-service bar, complimentary champagne at midnight, and party favors.