Boston New Year's Eve 2019

First Night party, fireworks, top events & restaurants for new year's 2018-2019 in Boston

Boston city skyline

Boston's big new year's eve party is the iconic First Night Boston event, a family friendly, alcohol free public event that was actually the very first of it's kind in the United States. The Boston First Night party is actually free of charge as well, a really fabulous bonus for families.

There always seems to be some doubts about whether First Night will go ahead but there has always been a way found in the end and the organisers are determined to keep this party going - we will of course keep you up to date will all the very latest on the new year 2019 event.

NYE Fireworks

Fireworks return to Boston in a big way for new year's eve 2019 after last year's hiatus, and they promise to be bigger and better than ever.

There will actually be 2 displays, launcing at the same time from the Seaport and near the North End. The different locations means the pyrotechnics should be viewable from all around the harbour, but the top recommended viewing spots are Christopher Columbus Park, Fan Pier and Piers Park.

First Night Boston

First Night is the signature Boston event, the oldest and largest of its kind in North America, typically attracting about one million people from throughout the region. This year the event is actually running over 2 days, from noon to midnight on the 31st December, then 11am to 4pm on new year's day.

In the past you have needed to purchase tickets or buttons to attend the First Night events, but currently all events are free, making this an even more appealing new year party option.

First Night's traditional activities include a Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, the famous annual family-friendly People's Procession down Boylston Street, colossal ice sculptures in Copley Square.

The event starts during the day with the Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, then as dusk arrives the Grand Procession travels to Boston Common where the night time entertainment takes place.

There will be a family fireworks display at 7pm on the Boston Common, followed by the more spectacular First Night Copley Countdown at midnight.

Parties & Events

Elsewhere, one of Bostons top VIP events is the New Years Eve Party Timeless: which styles itself The Most Exclusive Boston New Years Eve Party, and has been taking place for several years now - the 2018-2019 event is the 9th annual incarnation and takes place at the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel.

There is also the traditional New Years Eve pub crawl, snappily titled the "Crawl 'Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl" and featuring a selection of Boston's top bars. This isn't one for the faint hearted though so I would recommend getting a good lining on your stomach before heading out!

Live Music

Classical music fans can choose to swing in the new year with Bo Winiker And the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra, a full night of music, drinks and dancing with classic tunes to get you in the party mood. This event takes place at the Symphony Hall on Massachusetts Avenue.

NYE Cruises

An increasingly popular option for new year celebrations in Boston is to take to the water for a cruise, where you can enjoy the skyline views. Odyssey cruises offer 2 NYE options, a lunch cruise and an evening dinner option, more details are available here.

Alternatively The Spirit of Boston provides another possibility, offering a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise that includes a buffet dinner, live DJ, seasonal decorations, champagne toast at midnight and of course a fantastic view of the Boston Harbor - more details here.


Whatever your new years plans you are probably going to want to eat at some stage and Boston doesn't disappoint when it comes to the range, quality and variety of restaurants either - check out some of the best restaurants here.

NYE Live Streaming, Webcams

Places to watch live online, including a live stream from Boylston Street:

Boston webcams

The First Night event is also being screened live on local channel WBZ-TV. We'll see if we can find an online stream and post the link here if we do - if there is a webcast available this is likely where you'll find it:

CBS Boston Live

New Year's Eve Hotels

Boston accommodation options are many and varied. Booking well in advance is always recommended during the holiday season. You can check availability and book local hotels here.

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