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Ring in the twenties with our picks for 25 *FREE* things to do in Boston for New Year's Eve -- and don't forget all MBTA services will be FREE on NYE from 8pm until 2am. (See our curated list of all NYE events around Boston here.)
1) First Night Boston
Details: The celebration kicks off at noon with live performances in Copley Square, the Prudential Center and Copley Place. In the afternoon and evening, the ice sculptures light up and a large procession makes its way to Boston Common for the first fireworks show. Live music performances rock the hours until midnight when the countdown begins.
2) New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Harbor
Details: Ring in 2020 with a dazzling display over Boston Harbor. Public viewing is free and available from the Harborwalk.
3) Frog Pond Skating Spectacular at First Night Boston
Details: Ring in the new year with the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular, an annual tradition of First Night Boston. This free show will feature an exciting local cast of Boston favorites, and special guest star, Mirai Nagasu, a seven-time U.S. national medalist and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist.
4) First Night Copley Countdown
Details: First Night culminates with the highly anticipated Copley Countdown, a multi-sensory display of live music, a dazzling light show and pyrotechnics in Copley Square.
5) Boston Common NYE Fireworks
Details: Enjoy a fantastic fireworks display over Boston Common. Since 1999, every New Year’s Eve the Mugar Foundation, along with the city of Boston’s Mayor, presents Boston’s Family Fireworks celebration.
6) New Year's Eve Ice Sculpture Stroll
Details: The Downtown Waterfront and Harborwalk will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland the seventh annual Ice Sculpture Stroll. Grab a map and wind your way down the waterfront through the trail of interactive ice sculptures this New Year’s Eve.
7) NYE Walking Tour of the Wharf District Harborwalk
Details: On New Year’s Eve day, join the Friends of the Harborwalk for a free, one-hour walking tour of Boston’s historic wharves led by Liz Nelson Weaver. Meet at Harbor Islands Visitor Center on the Greenway before proceeding to Long, Central, India, and Rowes Wharves where you'll discover their rich history.
8) New Year's Eve at Barcelona Wine Bar
Details: Get your appetites and cava glasses ready, Barcelona is saying ‘salud’ to 2019 with the legendary DJ Mickey Grouse. It will be an evening full of tasty tapas, classic cocktails with a twist, and good vibes.
9) New Year's Eve at Shore Leave
Details: Join Shore Leave in the glamorous rum dungeon to ring in the new year, tiki style. With drag performances by Shore Leave’s favorite Drag Queens, music by Brother Cleve, and Luau inspired fare.
10) Roaring '20s New Year's Eve Party at Porto Boston
Details: Join Porto on New Year's Eve to ring in 2020 like it's 1920. Porto is hosting a Roaring Twenties evening of complimentary passed appetizers, festive cocktail specials and bubbles toast at midnight for the ball drop.
11) New Year's Eve with Lady Lupine
Details: Lady Lupine is a Boston based soul and rock band that delivers thrilling performances of original and covered music. Their sound is a unique blend of poignant lyrics, robust rhythms and alluring melodies.
12) New Year's Eve Extravaganza and Official Expansion Opening
Details: Dorchester Brewing Co. is ready to unveil their hard work over the last few months with their official expansion opening on New Year’s Eve. Throughout the day, they will be celebrating a new DBco beer release. Join them to party all day and night and count down the hours until 2020.
13) New Year's Eve House Party at Christopher's
Details: Fireplace blazing, music rockin', holiday lights flickering, festive cocktails, punches & beers pouring, and luscious comfort food cooking. Just like your house party ... but without the stress. Also, FREE nachos all night and FREE brownie bites at midnight.
14) New Year's Eve at Bartaco Seaport
Details: Top off 2019 with tacos — and raising a dragonfly glass as everyone says cheers to the new year, bartaco-style. Tacos, tequila, and good vibes await.
15) New Year's Eve at The Butcher Shop
Details: Raise a glass to 2019 and ring in 2020 with dinner at The Butcher Shop with an a la carte menu featuring TBS classics and seasonal specials all evening, as well as a New Year’s Eve tasting menu highlighting holiday dishes.
16) The “Great Escape” New Year’s Eve Party at Olde Magoun’s Saloon
Details: No cover charge, no cheesy band, no lousy DJ’s, no annoying noise makers, no silly hats, no stupid songs, no resolutions, no champagne toast, no amateurs. Just a fun Olde night until 2am.
17) New Year's Eve at Committee
Details: Featuring DJ Ryan Brown on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Committee Boston. No cover on either, reservations available via the restaurant.
18) NYE 2020 at Banyan Bar + Refuge
Details: The regular menu will be served along with some amazing specials, like whole fish for two, and duck fried rice, $1 dumplings from 4pm-6pm, etc.
19) New Year's Eve Speakeasy Party at Back Bay Social
Details: “DownBar lounge” will be decked out in NYE decor along with live music, a champagne toast, specialty cocktails, late night snacks, giveaways, and more.
20) NYE 2020 at The Gallows
Details: The evening starts with a glamorous roaring 20's themed dinner menu, with specialty cocktails, and a whole lot of fun. DJ Yvng Pavl starts at 10pm and will be going until 2am.
21) New Year's Eve at Bar Mezzana
Details: Dinner, music, and bubbles as Bar Mezzana bids adieu to 2019 and welcomes in 2020! An a la carte menu will be offered along with a prosecco toast at midnight and DJ entertainment by WMBR’s Brother Wayne.
22) NYE Throwback '90s Party at Summer Shack Boston
Details: Summer Shack Boston's location is throwing a NYE party before the night's festivities with live music, bar games, specialty cocktails, giveaways, and more.
23) New Year's Eve at Summer Shack Cambridge
Details: Bring the whole family to The Shack Cambridge to celebrate 2020! The event features a world countdown balloon drop, face painting with Marcie Joy and ballon sculptor Aaron Flanders.
24) Noon Year’s Eve Bash Family Countdown
Details: Pre-registered guests will receive one drink ticket. Crafts, pizza, and light refreshments included.
25) NYE 2019 Louie's Roaring '20s Party at Bar Louie Fenway
Details: Join Bar Louie Fenway to say au revoir to 2019 in style. The bottles will be popping, taps will be flowing, kitchen will be cookin’ and music will be pumping until last call.
See all FREE/no-cover NYE events around Boston on one map here.
See a curated list of all NYE events around Boston here.
See all NYE events around Boston on one map here.