For over four decades, Boston has ushered in the New Year in style with a full schedule of celebrations beginning in the afternoon on New Years Eve into the First Day of the year. Check out the highlights of First Night in Copley Square along Boylston Street, along with the family-friendly activities.

Ice Sculptures

One of the best features of First Night are the amazing, intricate ice sculptures on display at Copley Square. Beginning at noon on 12/31, you can head down the square to peruse the many different sculptures—from animals to superheroes.


There are two rounds of fireworks to usher in the new year. For the first round, the family fireworks will commence at 7 pm, so the kids can enjoy a show before it gets too late. The Copley Pyrotechnics and Light Show will begin immediately following the countdown to 2018.

People’s Procession

At 6 pm on 12/31, the People’s Procession begins. You don’t want to miss this—beginning at Copley Square and culminating on the Boston Common, the procession is a celebratory parade through the heart of the city, with music, dancing, and more.

Family Activities

Even if you can’t make it till midnight, there’s still plenty of fun to be had at Boston’s First Night—including a scavenger hunt, crafts, music, puppet demonstrations and more. There are also many places to grab food and a cup of hot cocoa by Copley, including the decadent L.A. Burdick.

First Day

The fun isn’t over after the clock strikes midnight. You can still enjoy the ice sculptures in the square on 1/01 after a morning of sleeping in. There will be live performances from noon to four pm in Copley. Get one last glimpse of the amazing ice sculptures before they melt away.