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New Year's Day Boston 2024: Best things to do

Kick off 2024 with a bang with these fun things to do around Boston.

JQ Louise
Cheryl Fenton
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JQ Louise
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Cheryl Fenton
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Whether you ended 2023 with a feast at one of the best restaurants open on New Year's Eve in Boston, at one of the best New Year’s Eve events in Boston, or in your PJs watching the ball drop at home, getting out to greet 2024 on January 1 is a wonderful way to start the new year. As you bust out the new calendar and flip the page to reveal 2024, there's fresh air to be had and plenty of ways to reflect on what's to come. Whatever you do on New Year's Day in Boston, here are a few ways to say thank you to 2023 and kick start a fresh Day 1.

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Things to do on New Year's Day in Boston

1. Sip and at brunch

Whether you’re waxing poetic about the past year or you’re making plans for the one you’re facing, raising a mimosa with friends and family is never a bad idea. Hit one of the best places for brunch and start the year off right.

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  • Travel

If you’re aiming for more than just a stroll, get out and take a hike. There are plenty of worthy hikes near Boston that are easy to get to, whether it’s climbing a lung-busting hill or exploring trails through scenic wooded preserves. Check out the nearby Blue Hills Reservation, Middlesex Fells Reservation, or Harold Parker State Park, or drive up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

  • Things to do

There’s nothing like a great escape into a good movie, especially after the bustle of the holidays. The long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is finally open in the Seaport, or grab seats at a familiar luxury theater such as Showcase SuperLux or a small indie one like Somerville Theatre in Davis Square or Capitol Theatre in Arlington. Who knows? You might have the entire theater to yourself.

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  • Things to do

One of the many delights of living in Boston is that great powder is only a short trip away. Barring crazy traffic, many ski areas are within a two-hour drive. While the region’s most in-demand slopes are farther out from the city—in other words, more in line with the best winter day trips from Boston—these ski spots offer well-groomed trails for all skill levels, plus terrain parks, lessons, and good base camp facilities.

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7. Enjoy Boston's history

One of the best ways to look at the future is to take a glimpse into the past. One way to do this is by hitting the Freedom Trail. The two-and-a-half-mile tour, clearly marked by a red line on the sidewalk, winds its way past several of the Hub’s best-known historical sites and attractions. It’s an easy self-guided tour, though several options for volunteer-led tours are available.

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