Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a Family-Friendly Atmosphere at First Night 2018
Over four decades ago, the city of Boston pioneered the idea of a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration of arts, music, and culture that would be free and open to the public. It was dubbed “First Night,” and the idea has since spread across the country.
This year’s celebration, the city’s 41st, promises to be among the biggest and best. Some of the attractions will include musical performances, ice sculptures, a scavenger hunt, light displays, a parade, and much more. The fun begins at noon, with cultural performances at historic Copley Square, and continues on through the night and into the wee hours of New Year’s Day. The “People’s Procession” will march down Boylston Street beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a free figure skating performance at the Frog Pond at the Common. Families with little ones who can’t make it to midnight can enjoy fireworks over the Common at 7 p.m. Best of all, the T is free after 8 p.m.