Today marks the 37th annual First Night celebration in Boston, a New Year’s Eve extravaganza celebrating art and culture in the city. Throughout the day and evening on New Year’s Eve, over 1,000 artists in 200 performances and 35 exhibits will be on display across Boston to mark the closing of one year and the start of a next at First Night. This New Year’s Eve, one of the most sought after First Night attractions will be the massive ice sculptures on display at Copley Square and Boylston Plaza. Below, we’ve pulled photos of the ice sculptors at work on their frozen masterpieces. Additionally, the New England Aquarium has ice sculptures on display for New Year’s Eve.
Check out the photos below, and be sure to catch a glimpse of these magnificent works of art during First Night.
Along with these stunning ice sculptures, First Night in Boston features a multitude of entertainment throughout the day and into the evening for people of all ages. There are theater and musical performances, ice skating shows, film screenings, comedy acts, poetry slams and even a DJ in Copley Square.
The Grand Procession, First Night’s parade, takes place at 5:30 p.m. The puppets start at Hynes Convention Center and make their way down Boylston Street, delighting crowds even in the dark. The evening culminates with fireworks over the Boston Harbor when the clock strikes midnight.
Of note, all indoor events require a button for admittance, which can be purchased for $18 at dozens of locations around town, including Shaw’s, Tedeschi Food Shops and Au Bon Pain. All outdoor events are free to attend.
Because it’s impossible to attend all the excellent First Night events across town, we’ve narrowed it down to our top event picks to help you navigate your New Year’s Eve. Click here for our complete guide, and have a happy new year’s!