Visitor Basics

First Night Boston 2020, Boston’s biggest public celebration, returns to Boston’s Back Bay and Copley Square on December 31, 2019.


When

First Night Boston begins in Copley Square at 11:45 AM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, and continues all day and night with programming throughout Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The last musical performance in Copley Square ends at 12:30 AM on January 1, 2020

Where

First Night Boston is centrally located in Boston’s Copley Square, with additional programming happening at Boston Common, Boston Public Library, and several churches and hotels in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

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Public Transportation

We strongly recommend using the MBTA to travel to and from First Night Boston. Boston’s Back Bay is serviced by several public transportation stations, including stops on the MBTA Commuter Rail, Green Line, Orange Line, and several bus lines.

All MBTA services will be free between 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31 and continue until 2:00 AM on Wednesday, January 1.

Subway lines will begin Tuesday, December 31 on a weekend schedule, and then increase to rush-hour frequency by 3:00 PM. Service will continue through 2:00 AM and then resume on New Year’s Day, following a Sunday schedule.

MBTA Commuter Rail trains will operate on a weekday schedule on Tuesday, December 31, and provide late-night service to all stations. On Wednesday, January 1, the MBTA Commuter Rail will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Buses, ferries, and the RIDE will operation on a weekday schedule on Tuesday, December 31. Buses and the RIDE will use a Sunday schedule for Wednesday, January 1, while all ferry services will be suspended for the day.

Parking

First Night 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. Street parking is available on some streets, but extremely limited. If parking on area streets, please obey area signs as several parking bans and restrictions will be in place.

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the First Night SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive‑up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.

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Ice Sculptures

The Ice Sculptures will be centrally located in the Copley Square Fountain, and also in the Square itself. Ranging in size and style, the sculptures will be in place by the afternoon of December 31 (exact timing will vary depending on the weather), and illuminated at night. Additionally, nearby businesses in the Back Bay will also have displays for all to enjoy.

Children's Activities

First Night Boston has activities for children of all ages. Boston Public Library and the Copley Place Mall both offer indoor programming throughout the day. Stroller parking in the Boston Public Library is extremely limited, so please plan accordingly if you will be entering the building.

Traffic Restrictions

Dartmouth Street in Boston’s Back Bay will close to vehicular traffic between St. James Ave. and Boylston Street from 8:00 AM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 until 1:00 AM, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Boylston Street between Ring Road (near Dartmouth Street) and Charles Street will close to vehicular traffic on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from approximately 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Charles Street between Boylston Street and Beacon Street will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from approximately 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Fireworks

There are several displays of fireworks through the day.

The City of Boston’s Family Fireworks presented by The Mugar Foundation will begin at 7:00 PM above Boston Common.

The Copley Countdown and Midnight Pyrotechnics Show will occur in Copley Square at midnight from the roof of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Midnight Fireworks presented by Boston Harbor Now will occur over Boston Harbor at the strike of 12:00.

Free and Open to all

Thanks to our amazing supporters, all First Night activities are free! No buttons are required to attend First Night’s programming.

Due to high popularity, most events in the Boston Public Library will be ticketed. Tickets can only be received in person on December 31 in the Boston Public Library. We suggest getting to the performance location at least 30 minutes before showtime to increase your chances of getting a ticket. Tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Non-ticketed performances do not require arrival before start time. These spaces have continuous programming throughout the day.

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