Visitor Basics

First Night Boston 2024, Boston’s biggest public celebration, heads to City Hall Plaza on December 31, 2023.


First Night Boston begins in the newly refurbished City Hall Plaza at 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 31, 2023, and continues with programming throughout the day and night. The last musical performance in City Hall Plaza ends at 12:30 AM on January 1, 2024.


First Night Boston is centrally located in Boston’s City Hall Plaza, with additional programming happening at Boston Common and several churches and hotels in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

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.

Ice Sculptures

The ice sculptures will be located at City Hall, Boston Common, and possible other locations. 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.

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The City Hall Countdown and Midnight Pyrotechnics Show will occur in City Hall Plaza at 11:59 PM from the roof of Boston City Hall. Fireworks will be displayed over Boston Common at 7:00 PM and Boston Harbor at midnight.

Public Transportation

We strongly recommend using the MBTA to travel to and from First Night Boston. Boston’s City Hall is serviced by several public transportation stations, including stops on the MBTA Green Line, Blue Line, and several bus lines.

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First Night does not have specified event garages, however the following are close by to City Hall: Garage at Post Office Square, Haymarket Center Garage, 75 State Street Parking, and International Place Garage. Boston Common parking can be found at 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.
Traffic Restrictions

To be determined.

Support First Night Boston

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

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