Full schedule released!

In General

With the anticipation for First Night Boston growing day by day, we are happy to announce the latest lineup of performances, which will fill Copley Square and surrounding venues beginning at noon on New Year’s Eve, and carry us all into 2019. Comedians, artists, and musicians from near and far will perform across six performance venues in Boston’s Back Bay, with the stage, lights, and ice in Copley Square serving as the event’s centerpiece. To see the full schedule click here.


Starting at noon on December 31, the Boston Public Library and Copley Place Mall will open to all as performances and activities for the whole family begin. Dancing Buns Studios and Chu Ling Dance Academy start the day’s entertainment in Boston Public and Copley Place Mall, respectively. Then, the Puppet Showplace Theater, and Arts and Crafts from the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association make for great indoor activities at the BPL. Outside, Boston-based Sweet Harmony will kick things off on the Copley Square Main Stage at 12:30 PM. Trinity Church hosts a performance by the Handel and Haydn Society at 1:00 PM, and the Old South Church and the First Church of Christ, Scientist host soul-warming organ concerts at 3:00 and 4:00 PM, respectively. As the sun goes down and the ice sculpture lighting goes up, visit our sponsor AT&T for hot chocolate and a guitar trio at 5:00 PM at its Boylston Street store.

Following remarks from the Mayor of Boston and the People’s Procession at 6:00 PM, fireworks will fill the sky above Boston Common. Music returns to the main stage in Copley Square, with oldies singer Paco and students from Berklee School of Music at 6:30 PM. Boston-based hip-hop duo STL GLD takes the stage at 7:45 PM amid sparkling ice sculptures and illuminated buildings. The fearless quartet of female rockers Flight of Fire takes the stage at 8:30 PM, and former American Idol contender Sonika Vaid returns to her Boston roots on stage at 9:00 PM. As the countdown clocks inch closer to midnight, spirits remain high as Menage, a brother-sister punk/pop duo from Toronto plugs in at 9:30 PM, before Glasgow, Scotland’s pop quartet Single by Sunday brings some excitement from across the pond. Event headliner Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos takes the stage around 11:20 PM before the Copley Countdown pyrotechnics and light show to cap off more than twelve hours of free entertainment and help New England ring in 2019.

We are so excited for this year’s lineup and we can’t wait to share these awesome acts with you. We hope to see you in a few weeks, singing along and counting down. It’s almost time!