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Guide to New Year’s Eve in Boston

What to do to prep for and have a festive New Year’s Eve in Boston

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman

Nothing can stop us from having a festive countown to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021. While you might not be able to watch fireworks in person or attend other New Year's Eve events, you can still have a responsible shindig with bubbly, snacks, and fancy outfits. You can make a reservation at one of the best restaurants in Boston if they're open, or just rock the countdown at home with loved ones. This year, why not go big and surprise that special someone with an overnight package at one of the best hotels in Boston. Here's our guide to having the best New Year's Eve ever.

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New Year’s Eve in Boston

Mandarin Oriental
Photograph: Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

1. Enjoy a NYE getaway at the Mandarin Oriental

Hotels Back Bay

Blending global luxury, Back Bay style and New England charm, the Mandarin Oriental is an urban oasis on bustling Boylston Street. Enjoy an intimate New Year’s Eve celebration in the comfort of one of the hotel's newly renovated guestrooms or suites; the New Year’s Eve Getaway package includes a welcome amenity and bottle of champagne, in-room decor and party favors, a five-course in-room dinner for two people, overnight valet parking, early check-in and late check-out.

Formaggio Kitchen
Photograph: Sarah Bentivegna

2. Find the perfect cheese at Formaggio

Shopping West Cambridge

Hosting a party for New Year’s Eve with a select few? Cheese and other artisanal treats are a must. Find charcuterie, condiments, nuts, and other accoutrements to make the perfect celebratory party platter. There’s also a selection of sweet treats and other fun, festive treats.

Brix Wine Shop
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Rebecca B.

3. Stock up on bubbly at Brix

Shopping Liquor stores South End

You’ll need champagne or sparkling wine for a toast at midnight. Brix will help you find the best bubbly options. They’ll also help you find any wine or spirits to make your party more festive—maybe an exotic sparkling wine, or boutique bourbon. Get tips on pairing wines and making special cocktails and you’ll be a host with the most.

Garment District
Photograph: Courtesy Garment District

4. Get festive gear at Garment District

Shopping Thrift stores Kendall Sq

New Year’s Eve is a great excuse to get fancy and festive. Whether it’s a Roaring 20s affair or an all-out throwdown, you can find fabulous wigs, sparkly costumes, shiny shoes, and over-the-top accessories at Garment District.


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