This special weekend, skip Netflix and venture out into the city —here are 10 ways to get out of your home and ring in the new year!
Due to financial constraints, the annual outdoor celebration will be slightly more subdued this year.The midnight fireworks display on the Waterfront will be replaced with a display of light and pyrotechnics above Copley Square. There will still be fireworks, though—they’ll take place at 7 p.m. over Boston Common—as well as ice sculptures, a parade, and several demonstrations and performances on both December 31 and January 1.
- Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1 at various times; various locations; free; all ages
Check out some of the New Year’s celebrations that the North End, Waterfront, and Charlestown neighborhoods have to offer! Follow the ice sculpture trail for yummy food and family-friendly activities, or check out any of a dozen area hotels, museums, and cultural institutions for more!
- Saturday, December 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; various locations; free; all ages
The Castle at Park Plaza probably won’t be filled with martini-sipping British spies during the James Bond New Year’s Eve Gala.You’ll have to settle for glamorous guests in their best attire toasting the New Year in style.
- Saturday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m.; The Castle at Park Plaza; tickets start at $60; 21+
Brighton Music Hall will be bumping the best in boy band pop, east and west coast hip-hop, grunge, and everything in between from the decade that brought us The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Boy Meets World.
- Saturday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $15-25; 21+
If the ’90s aren’t enough of a throwback for you, Aeronaut Brewery and Brooklyn Boulders will be ringing in 1917 instead of 2017 with Jazz From the Ashes, a party featuring burlesque dancers, circus performers, brass bands, swing dancing, and gramophone records, as well as plenty of Aeronaut beer and Bantam cider on tap. Start dusting off your pinstripe suit or your flapper cocktail dress!
- Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Brooklyn Boulders Somerville; $60; 21+
Ring in 2017 at Coppersmith’s brunch buffet. Along with a DIY Bloody Mary bar, Chef Jason Heard will prepare a selection of both sweet and savory dishes. Given the madness of New Year’s Day, reservations are recommended.
- Sunday, January 1 from from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Coppersmith; $20.17; all ages
Craigie on Main chef Tony Maws is offering up a three-course New Year’s Day brunch full of the delicious meats the restaurant is known for, and between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., management will choose one special table of people to receive their meal for free.
- Sunday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Craigie on Main; $50 ; all ages
Dreaming of beautiful sandy beaches and ’80s-era mustaches? Look no further than Bar Mezzana and its Magnum, P.I. Brunch. Yes, the temperature will be in the 30s or 40s, but with Hawaiian shirts, tiki cocktails, and a menu designed in honor of the iconic Tom Selleck TV show, it’ll feel like the 80s inside!
- Sunday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bar Mezzana; a la carte; all ages
In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge spread worldwide as millions raised awareness for ALS. In keeping with the spirit of cold water and raising money for ALS research, the Boston College baseball team is hosting the fifth annual Plunge 4 Pete polar plunge at Good Harbor Beach on New Year’s Day.
- Sunday, January 1 at 12 p.m.; Good Harbor Beach; free; all ages
Guides from the National Parks Service and other outdoors groups will lead hikes in beautiful local parks. Although there are many First Day Hikes events nationwide, three recommended for the Boston area include: Carson Beach, Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, and Nantasket Beach State Reservation in Hull.
- Sunday, January 1 at various times; various locations; free; all ages