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New Year’s Eve in Boston

Where to go and what to do to have a festive New Year’s Eve in Boston

New Year's Eve
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By Gerrish Lopez, Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |

There’s lots more to New Year’s Eve than doing the big countdown or watching fireworks at midnight. There are parties, dinners, and lively gatherings. After you’ve settled on which of the best New Year’s Eve events in Boston to attend, focus on everything else leading up to and following the big countdown. If you’re keeping it low key, consider one of the best cocktail bars in Boston or best wine bars in Boston to ring in the New Year, or see if one of the best restaurants in Boston is taking reservations.

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New Year’s Eve in Boston

Formaggio Kitchen
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Shopping, Food & drink

Find the perfect cheese at Formaggio

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Hosting a party for New Year’s Eve? 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
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Shopping, Liquor stores

Stock up on bubbly at Brix

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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.

The Garment District
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Shopping, Thrift stores

Get festive gear at Garment District

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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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Restaurants, Japanese

Get extra swag at Ruckus

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Fans of this Chinatown noodle joint from the minds behind Shojo are familiar with the standard “swag” offered as extra toppings for their steaming bowls of ramen. On New Year’s Eve, the swag section of the menu will become “baller,” filled with add-ons like king crab, a foie gras bomb, caviar, and duck. With swag like this, you’ll stay satisfied until the wee hours of New Year’s Day.

Charles Playhouse
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Theater, Performing arts space

Catch Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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Nothing will put you in a good mood to close out the year like catching a performance by the Blue Man Group. Fortunately, the beloved, long-running troop will be doing shows at 11am, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm on New Year’s Eve.

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