New Year’s Eve is upon us once again, which means the 37th annual First Night celebration is upon us as well. First Night is a cultural extravaganza on New Year’s Eve celebrating the work of 1,000 artists in 200 performances and 35 exhibits across Boston. From theater to ice skating, ice sculptors to fireworks, First Night in Boston features a multitude of entertainment throughout the day and into the evening for people of all ages. It’s impossible to attend all the excellent First Night 2013 events in Boston, so we’ve narrowed it down to our top event picks below to help you navigate your New Year’s Eve.
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.
Ice Sculptures – All day – The ice sculptures are, in my opinion, First Night’s coolest attraction (get it?). The sculptures will be displayed at Copley Square and Boylston Plaza and no matter where you’re headed on New Year’s Eve, be sure to stop by and check them out. Click here to see photos.
Festival of International Short Films – Beginning at 12 pm & running various times throughout the day – Ring in 2013 by getting cultured. Grab a 45-minute viewing of a curated collection of short films from all over the world at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Panorama Magazine Grand Procession – 5:30pm – The 37th annual Grand Procession, “The Nature of Boston,” will be led by pieces from the Back Alley Puppet Theatre and the Puppeteers Cooperative.
First Night Skating Spectacular – 6pm – Ever wished you were Kristi Yamaguchi? Yeah, me too. Head down to the Boston Common Frog Pond to watch students from the Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy, seasoned competitors and local and national champions glide along the ice.
Pippin – 7:30pm – If you’re looking to stay out of the cold, head to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge to catch a performance of Pippin. Plus, A.R.T. is offering free admission to the first 50 button holders, available at the Drama Center Box Office beginning at noon on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Karmaloop Countdown to Midnight – 8:30pm – Only on First Night would you find a party on the steps of the Boston Public Library. DJ Die Young, Baltimoroder, Coralcola, Nate Bluhm and Big Digits will provide the beats, while dancers and a light show will provide entertainment for you as the crowds countdown to midnight.
Lee Fields & The Expressions – 9pm – Lee Fields, a soul music legend, will be performing his crooning tunes at the New England Conservatory. Let his smooth sounds carry you into 2013.
Fireworks – Midnight – Can’t wait until the 4th of July? Top off the evening with a fireworks display over the Boston Harbor when the clock turns to midnight. Happy New Year’s, Boston!
For the full First Night 2013 schedule, click here.
What First Night events are you planning on attending?