FAQ

What are the dates/times for First Night and First Day?

First Night: Sunday, December 31, 2017 | Noon – 12:30 AM
First Day: Monday, January 1, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Where are the activities being held?

The majority of the First Night First Day’s activities will be held in Boston’s Copley Square and the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. Partner programming will occur during similar hours at the Boston Common, Trinity Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Old South Church. Visit the Schedule page for details.


Do we need to buy tickets to First Night or First Day?

Thanks to our amazing sponsors all First Night First Day activities are free! All activities are “button-less”, meaning no buttons are required to attend First Night’s programming. Due to limited capacity, the Boston Public Library programming will be ticketed at the door of each individual performance. No advance reservations or ordering is required or available. Please arrive early as all programming is first come, first served.


Is Public Transportation Available?

Yes, and we would advise taking it as parking will be limited. The most direct access via MBTA is the Green Line to Copley Station. The MBTA has published a Holiday Schedule and will not be collecting fare after 8pm on 12/31. There is no scheduled transportation for elderly provided by First Night First Day.


Where are the best opportunities for parking?

We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!To reserve your parking spot for First Night First Day, visit the First Night First Day SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive‑up.

The Back Bay Garage is offering a reduced rate of $10 for parking on 12/31. Visit their website and click the orange banner at the top for more information.

First Night First Day does not have specified event garages, however the following are close by: Clarendon Garage at 100 Clarendon St., Copley Place, Prudential Center, and Boston Common Garage.


What road closures and traffic advisories will be in effect?

Dartmouth Street will be closed from St. James to Boylston from December 31 through January 1. Trinity Place and Blagden Street will be closed on the 31st and 1st. Boylston Street will be closed from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the 31st along the parade route from Dartmouth St. to the Boston Common.


What entertainment will there be?

There will be artistic and musical performances covering Boston’s diverse culture and talent, ice sculptures, light displays, fireworks, a Procession, and many other entertaining activities. To see our full list of events, locations and times please visit the Schedule page.


Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! There will be plenty of interactive activities that encourage participation from both adult and youth audiences. Youth activities include puppet demonstrations, dancing, the People’s Procession from Copley to the Common, arts and crafts at the Boston Public Library and more! A full list of activities is available on the Schedule page.

Is there a countdown to midnight?

Of course! There will be a countdown to midnight and pyrotechnic display during the Copley Countdown in Copley Square.


Will there be First Night fireworks?

Of Course! The first fireworks display will take place at 7:00 PM on December 31, on the Boston Common produced by The Mugar Foundation. Ring in the New Year with the Copley Countdown where an amazing pyrotechnics and light show will take place off the roof of the Fairmount Copley Hotel. There will also be midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor produced by Friends of Columbus Park, Boston Harbor Now, and The Wharf District Council.


When can I see the ice sculptures being carved?

On-site ice sculpting depends on favorable weather and will begin during the days leading up to First Night.


How do the performances at the Boston Public Library work?

Due to limited space in our performances areas, the Boston Public Library will have at-the-door tickets for each performance. All performances are free, and no advance reservations are available. We suggest getting to the performances at least 30 minutes before to secure a spot in line. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Where can I dance?

We encourage folks to join the People’s Procession to the Boston Common starting at 6:00 PM on the 31st, dancing along both sides of Boylston. The main stage at Copley Square will feature a variety of live musical performers from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM.


I want to donate to First Night First Day, how can I do that?

Thank you! In order to keep our activities free, we need your support! If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to First Night First Day, please click the button below:


Where can I find a schedule of events and locations?

Our website will be continually updated leading up to the event. Find the latest information on the Schedule page.


Will there be any discounts offered for shopping and dining or overnight hotel stay packages in the area?

Yes, retail, restaurant hotel and parking discounts are listed on the Promotions page, and many will also be posted on social media.

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I want to volunteer, whom can I contact?

To volunteer for First Night First Day, please click here to fill out the volunteer form.