Celebrating New Year’s in Boston

It happens every year – you and your friends have a conversation of what the plan for New Year’s Eve will be. While 2020 may seem a while away, there’s just a few weeks before we ring in the New Year. Crazy, right? If you find your group text with friends is going back and forth between going out or staying in at your Forest Properties apartment, consider what Boston has to offer. From champagne toasts to themed parties and firework dinner cruises, ring in 2020 with one of these New Year’s celebrations in Boston.

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First Night Boston Event

The city’s official First Night Boston event is free and open to the public! The celebration kicks off at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 31st and runs through the evening of Wednesday, January 1st. Live performances from The Stephen Bates Quartet, Boston Sax Quartet, and many others kick off the event in Copley Square, the Prudential Center, and Copley Place. Check out the schedule for full details.

Did You Know: Over 1 million revelers typically turn out for Boston’s signature New Year’s Eve event!

In the afternoon and evening, beautifully crafted ice sculptures will light up as a large procession makes its way to Boston Common for the 7:00pm fireworks show, followed by live music performances leading up to the official countdown. January 1st will be celebrated on Copley Square from noon to 4:00pm with family-friendly activities. 

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Watch Fireworks Over Boston Harbor

How could one miss fireworks over the iconic Boston Harbor? Head over to Christopher Columbus Park to ring in the New Year by watching fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight. The colorful explosions will be launched from a barge between Long Wharf and Fan Pier, so bring along a blanket and hot cocoa to admire from one of these waterfront spots:

  • The North End’s Christopher Columbus Park
  • The Downtown Waterfront
  • Fan Pier in the Seaport District
  • The East Boston Harborwalk
  • Charlestown Waterfront
  • Castle Island

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Champagne Resolution NYE at Hard Rock Cafe

Not sure where you’ll end up once the clock strikes midnight? Consider this year’s Champagne Resolution event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston! Dress to impress, get ready to dance, and cheers to 2020 the Hard Rock way with a complimentary champagne glass.

Tickets are priced at $39.99 per person, but there’s a special promotion going on to receive half off!

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Cruise on the Northern Lights Yacht

Welcome the New Year aboard the elegant yacht Northern Lights! With New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day cruises available, guests can extend their celebrations around Boston Harbor with ease. Here are the two cruises aboard Northern Lights to choose from:

80s-Themed Party at Yotel

Ring in the new year with a Totally 80s New Year’s Eve Party at SkyBar: the amazingly beautiful rooftop bar at YOTEL. Dig out your old hair scrunchie, dress in your best 80s outfit, sip on seasonal drinks, chow down on tasty appetizers, and dance to a DJ and laser light show. The event starts at 9:00pm and tickets cost $100 per person. This is a great option for residents of Landing53 who are looking to spend the night in the city.

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The Annual Ice Sculpture Stroll

If spending an all-nighter out on the town isn’t your cup of tea (or you have kids in tow this year!), consider adding the annual Ice Sculpture Stroll to your 2020 agenda. This event presents imaginative ice sculptures and family activities for you to enjoy on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so be sure to bundle up while visiting these (mostly) waterfront locations:

  • North End Ice Sculpture Locations: Atlantic Wharf, Battery Wharf Hotel, Christopher Columbus Park 
  • Charlestown End Ice Sculpture Locations: Charlestown Navy Yard 
  • Downtown Waterfront Ice Sculpture Locations: Marriott Long Wharf, New England Aquarium, Harbor Towers, International Place, Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center (Greenway), Boston Harbor Hotel 
  • Seaport/South Boston Waterfront Ice Sculpture Locations: Envoy Hotel, Fan Pier/Fallon CBRE, Fjällräven, Kings Dining & Entertainment, LL Bean, Moakley Courthouse, Sephora Seaport, WS Development Seaport, Yotel

Good to Know: Many of Forest Properties’ apartments are within walking distance from these locations, including The Fenway Portfolio.

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