<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News - [NBC Boston] First Night Boston]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcboston.com/news/localen-usMon, 22 Jul 2019 23:51:56 -0400Mon, 22 Jul 2019 23:51:56 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[First Night Boston 2019: How to Donate]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:14:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/first_night_boston_recap.jpg

First Night Boston, New England’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, has announced the addition of a philanthropic program for its 2019 event. In addition to hours of free entertainment, light shows, ice sculptures, and other family-friendly programming, 2019 eventgoers will be introduced to three non-profit organizations that are improving our communities and the lives of the people who live within them.

In its first year, and under the rallying cry of “Now’s the Time”, this Charity Partner Program will be comprised of charities which help and empower girls and women both locally and regionally.

The selected charities for this inaugural program include Boston-based Project Hope, which provides low-income women and children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services, the Center for Women and Enterprise, which is dedicated to helping New England women start and grow their businesses, and #HereForTheMusic, a campaign created by nonprofit organization Calling all Crows that works to prevent sexual violence in the live music industry through training, policy consulting, and education.

“First Night Boston is a celebration that unites residents and visitors of all ages. It’s an annual tradition that showcases the best of who we are as a city,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This year, we’ll also unite around our shared priority of supporting and empowering the women and girls in our communities. We look forward to welcoming these organizations to First Night Boston, and making 2019 another great year for the City of Boston.”

The free and family-friendly event begins at Boston’s Copley Square at 12 p.m. on Dec. 31. In addition to the music, ice sculptures, and sponsor engagements, these organizations will be set in Copley Square to spread awareness about the good work that they do, and collect donations through the day. In partnership with NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston, these organizations will receive pre-event television coverage of their work.

The public is encouraged to visit www.firstnightboston.org/charity-partner-program to learn more about how to donate.

More than 200,000 guests are expected to visit Copley Square on New Year’s Eve, and the event’s full musical line-up and its headlining performance will be revealed in the near future.

The event showcases Boston’s beauty in a night of light, music, and ice, and is funded entirely by contributions from the surrounding community. Donations can be made to help support the event at the event website, www.firstnightboston.org.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to First Night Boston 2019]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:43:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fireworks49.jpg

First Night Boston is a huge celebration with ice sculptures, a pyrotechnics display, music and more.

The events begin at noon on Dec. 31. From 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., First Night Boston will be broadcast live on necn. It will be broadcast live on NBC10 Boston from 6 to 8 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Telemundo Boston will broadcast First Night Boston live from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

First Night Boston will also be live on NBC10Boston.com and necn.com and in the free NBC10 Boston and necn apps from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and on TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com and the free Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra app from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

First Night First Day 2019 is free and open to all.

Entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square, with local artists and musical performances spanning different cultures and fantastic ice sculptures.

The full events schedule is available here, including performances by American Idol contestant Sonika Vaid, Sweet Harmony and headline act Chadwick Stokes. There will also be comedy from Lamont Price and Emily Ruskowski, and a dance performance by Chu Ling Dance Academy.

The Skating Club of Boston will put on a Skating Spectacular at the Boston Common Frog Pond from 6 to 7 p.m., featuring Olympian Ashley Wagner and several other skaters with local ties.

The People's Procession will be held at 6 p.m. from Copley Square to Boston Common, followed by a Family Fireworks display at 7. Before midnight, there will be a "Copley Countdown" with live music followed by a pyrotechnics show to ring in the New Year. There will also be midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor.

Road closures: Dartmouth Street will be closed from St. James to Boylston from Dec. 31 through Jan. 1. Trinity Place and Blagden Street will be closed on the 31st and 1st. Boylston Street will be closed from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the 31st along the parade route from Dartmouth Street to the Boston Common.

Public transportation: Copley Square can be reached by taking the MBTA subway or commuter rail. The following stops are all within a 20-minute walk from Copley Square:

• Green Line: Copley Square Station

• Orange Line: Back Bay Station

• Red Line: Park Street Station

To plan your trip, visit www.mbta.com.

Parking: Paid parking is available in the following area garages:

• 200 Clarendon St. Garage

• Back Bay Garage

• Copley Place Garage

• Prudential Center Garage

• Dartmouth Street Garage

• Impark at 131 Dartmouth St.

For questions, email info@firstnightboston.org.



Photo Credit: Conventures]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Celebrates Start of 2019]]>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 01:52:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Celebrates_Start_of_2019.jpg

With Chadwick Stokes performing and fireworks going off, excited throngs of revelers at First Night Boston said hello to 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Scenes From First Night Boston]]>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 01:44:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Scenes_From_First_Night_Boston.jpg

Check out some of the footage from the live coverage of First Night Boston on NBC10 Boston and necn!]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Celebrates First Night]]>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 01:53:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/162*120/FN+24.JPEG]]><![CDATA[Happy New Year! Boston Rings in 2019]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 09:07:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/9EC341F8-379D-4B46-B9C3-1F49D8426F49.jpeg

Hundreds of thousands of people braved cold, wet weather to ring in the new year in Boston, watching fireworks, musical performances and even a marriage proposal.

Headlined by Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos, First Night Boston brought hours of celebration. Revelers rocked out as Stokes played past midnight and into 2019 at Copley Square.

During the festivities, C.J. Ahearn, a firefighter from Marlboro, Massachusetts, proposed to his girlfriend, Nicole Bigley, live on NBC10 Boston.

She said yes.

Stokes, who began playing 40 minutes before the new year, was one of many performers to take the stage.

Earlier, former American Idol contestant Sonika Vaid, a Massachusetts native, performed, as well, talking to the audience about the weather conditions.

Another Massachusetts native familiar to television audiences, "The Voice" contestant Steve Memmolo, performed live with an acoustic guitar on NBC10 Boston.

The First Night celebration is extra special for Bostonians, as the cherished tradition started in the Hub.

"This is the 43rd year. Boston started this beloved tradition," said Dusty Rhodes, president of Conventures Inc. of Boston.

Mayor Marty Walsh gave his thoughts on the strong turnout.

"I think people love to celebrate First Night, and I think a lot of people in Boston realize and know that this is the first one in the country, ever, here in Boston. We started this," Walsh said. "There's families from all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts here tonight."

Festivities started at noon on Monday, where Vaid offered indoor entertainment inside the Boston Public Library. Events were offered throughout the day at the library, as well as Copley Square.

A new addition to the festivities is an effort to support charities, with this year focusing on helping women and girls in the area. For more information on how to donate, click here.



Photo Credit: Mark Garfinkel]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighter Proposes Live at First Night Boston]]>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 01:16:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Firefighter_Proposes_Live_at_First_Night_Boston.jpg

Marlboro, Massachusetts firefighter C.J. Ahearn proposes to his girlfriend, Nicole, live on New Year's Eve on NBC10 Boston!]]>
<![CDATA[Chadwick Stokes Plays as Boston Says Goodbye to 2018]]>Tue, 01 Jan 2019 01:00:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Chadwick_Stokes_Plays_as_Boston_Says_Goodbye_to_2018.jpg

At First Night Boston, Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos performed as the clock ticked down to 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[American Idol's Sonika Vaid Performs at First Night]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 23:48:56 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/American_Idol_s_Sonika_Vaid_Performs_at_First_Night.jpg

Former American Idol contestant Sonika Vaid takes the stage at First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[Steve Memmolo Performs During First Night Boston]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 23:48:05 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Steve_Memmolo_Performs_During_First_Night_Boston.jpg

Steve Memmolo, a contestant on "The Voice," plays a song on NBC10 Boston on New Year's Eve.]]>
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Early First Night Boston Fireworks Show]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 23:47:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Fireworks+7+pm+123118.JPG

The first of First Night Boston's fireworks shows began around 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Marty Walsh Looking Forward to 2019 in Boston]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:18:17 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Marty_Walsh_Looking_Forward_to_2019_in_Boston.jpg

At First Night Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh looks back at the year that was and ahead to the one that will be.]]>
<![CDATA[First Night and 'Calling All Crows']]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:17:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First_Night_and__Calling_All_Crows_.jpg

"Calling All Crows," the charitable organization co-founded by headliner Chadwick Stokes, is one of the organizations being highlighted by the charity partner program at First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[Gearing Up for First Night Boston 2019]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 08:34:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Gearing_Up_for_First_Night_Boston_2019.jpg

Festivities are being finalized for Boston's New Year's Eve extravaganza, First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[Preparations Underway For First Night Boston]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 08:37:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/257*120/123118+first+night+video+thumb.JPG

Groups performing at First Night say the rain won't stop them from putting on a show. (Credit: Perry Russom)]]>
<![CDATA[Rain Won't Stop First Night Boston Performers]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 01:06:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Preparations_Underway_For_First_Night_Boston.jpg

As the clock ticks down on 2018 and Boston gets ready to party at First Night Boston 2019, musical groups performing at the city's big event say the expected rainy weather won't put a damper on their fun.

Single by Sunday, a pop-punk group from Scotland, told NBC10 Boston that First Night will be one of the biggest shows they've ever done, so a little rain won't bother them.

The brother and sister duo from Canada known as Menage isn't intimidated by the rain either. They say performing a New Year's Eve show has been on their bucket list.

City officials, meanwhile, are reminding people that there will be many parking restrictions as a result of the event and are encouraging attendees to take the MBTA.

First Night will include several performances throughout the day and evening, ice sculptures, and an opportunity for some local charities to have their time in the spotlight. NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn will have live coverage throughout the event.



Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[First Night and 'Girls at Work']]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 19:45:27 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First_Night_and__Girls_at_Work_.jpg

A charity partner program at First Night Boston is highlighting the impeccable work of four organizations, including "Girls at Work, inc."]]>
<![CDATA[Area Skaters Prepared for First Night Show on Frog Pond]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 20:22:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Skating+Club+of+Boston.JPG

There are a lot of First Night Boston festivities planned for Monday night and one of the most popular events is The Skating Spectacular at the Frog Pond.

This year Olympian Ashley Wagner and other local skaters from the prestigious Skating Club of Boston will take the ice for a free show leading up to the family fireworks at 7 p.m.

One Massachusetts native says performing on Frog Pond is a dream come true.

“Growing up it was always a dream, like, maybe if I make it big, I can teach at The Skating Club of Boston,” said Brad Vigorito, who grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

He’s been skating since he was 11. Vigorito competed through sectionals, was an alternate for nationals for a few years and then turned to coaching full time three years ago.

Over the summer he started living his dream when he got a job as a skating coach at The Skating Club of Boston.

“It’s the most prestigious club probably in America,” Vigorito said.

At 107 years old, it’s one of the oldest training facilities in the country and was one of the seven skating clubs that founded the U.S. Figure Skating organization. This year, Vigorito is headlining the First Night Skating Spectacular at the Frog Pond with Olympian Ashley Wagner.

NBC10 Boston asked Vigorito what it will be like to skate alongside a skating icon like Wagner.

“Nerve racking, intimidating but she’s super cool and super nice,” Vigorito said. “Again, I have to pinch myself, skating alongside Ashley Wagner in the city, for The Skating Club of Boston, it’s an incredible feeling, a dream come true.”

It’s also a dream for ice dancers TJ Carey of Hopkinton and Miranda Lloyd of Newton.

The teenagers have been practicing together several hours a day, six days a week, for the last three months.

But they say no matter how much they prepare, it’s still a big night and a huge honor to skate into 2019 as part of these First Night Festivities.

“I am definitely nervous and excited,” Lloyd said.

“I think it’s really special for both of us being a part of such a big tradition in Boston,” Carey said.

“To look up mid program and be like, ‘I made it,’ type of thing, it’s really special,” said Vigorito.

The skaters tell us that some possible wet weather could make their performances more challenging, but they say they’re depending on a large, energetic crowd to heat things up.

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<![CDATA[Officials Outline First Night Boston Safety Measures]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 00:36:02 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5D122713_firstnight_4pm-E_NECN1500kMP4_640x360_2427258026.jpg

In anticipation of one of Boston's biggest year-end celebrations, Mayor Marty Walsh announced public safety measures for the event Friday afternoon.

Walsh was joined by Police Commissioner William Gross and Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn Boston City Hall's Eagle Room.

"As always, safety is our number one priority in the city of Boston every single night, but no different than on New Year's Eve night," said Walsh.

Officials stressed that First Night Boston 2019 is a family event, and asked for people to refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana in public.

Gross said there will be uniformed and undercover officers at First Night Boston, but added there will also be officers in Boston's neighborhood.

"Respect each other, be patient, there's going to be a lot of people," Gross said. "Just respect each other."

Although Boston law enforcement officials have not received any credible threats against the event, Gross asked for those attending First Night Boston to be eyes and ears for law enforcement if they see something suspicious.

Walsh said because First Night is an entirely outdoor event, authorities want people to dress warm and look out for one another. He also said if people drink, to do so responsibly.

"Be careful if you're drinking, be careful if you think you can take off your jackets and run around the town because of the cold weather. It could be dangerous to you," warned Walsh.

First Night Boston's events will begin at noon on Dec. 31 and continue through midnight to ring in 2019 with a huge celebration. Live music, a pyrotechnics display and ice sculptures are boasted at the free event in Copley Square.

Click here for more information on First Night Boston.

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<![CDATA[20+ Great Ways to Celebrate New Year's in and Around Boston]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:47:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/firstnight.jpg

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, making it time to get your plans in order. How are you going to ring in 2019? From First Night Boston to children’s New Year’s Eve events, an '80s prom and more, we’ve pulled together 20 events you’re sure to enjoy. Check them out:

First Night Boston

There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than at Boston’s First Night activities. This huge celebration, with ice sculptures, a pyrotechnics display, music and more begins at noon. Live broadcasts of the events can be found on necn, NBC10 Boston and Telemundo Boston

Middlesex Fells StoryWalk It’s Winter!

Grab the family for a StoryWalk at the Middlesex Fells featuring “It’s Winter!” by Linda Glaser. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., John Bottume House, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group is a great way to kick off your New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Noon Year’s Eve Party at LEGOLAND Boston

Ring in the New Year early in the day with your kiddos at LEGOLAND’s third annual Noon Year’s Eve Party. Enjoy special activities, prizes, giveaways and a celebratory balloon drop at noon. Noon to 12:30 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. 

New Year's Eve Ice Sculpture Stroll

Boston Harbor Now’s Ice Sculpture Stroll returns. The sixth annual stroll features 16 sculptures along the downtown waterfront and Harborwalk. 1 to 4 p.m., Boston Waterfront. 

NYE at Wachusett Mountain

Ring in the New Year at Wachusetts with their Countdown Celebration which includes: skiing, magician Eddie Raymond, live music, fireworks at 10 p.m. and a balloon drop at midnight. 4 p.m. to midnight, Wachusetts Mountain, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton.

Zoo Year’s Eve

Celebrate the New Year at the Stone Zoo with festive crafts and activities. 4 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Boston.

Blink! Light and Sound Show at Faneuil Hall

The world-famous, light and sound show Blink! continues for one last night at Faneuil Hall. Featuring the signature holiday tree at Marketplace Center joined by other trees and lights throughout the property, this year’s show features six holiday favorites. Performances daily from 4:30-10 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., Boston.

New Year’s Eve Family Block Party

Dancing, skating and more are all on tap at this New Year’s Eve Family Block Party at MarketStreet in Lynnfield. Enjoy street performers, ice skating and a confetti burst at the 7 p.m. New Year’s countdown. 5-7 p.m., MarketStreet, 600 Market St., Lynnfield.

New Year's Eve at Casa Caña

Celebrate the New Year at Casa Caña with dinner at 5 p.m. and a fiesta starting at 9 p.m. with a live DJ. Tickets are $35 and include champagne and passed hors d'oeuvres. Casa Caña, 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Boston.

NYE 2018 Black & White Masquerade at Bar Louie Fenway

Bar Louie’s Black and White Masquerade is an ode to Truman Capote’s infamous 1966 Grand Masked Ball and you can be there to ring in the New Year at Bar Louie complete with champagne toast, party favors and more. 8 p.m., Bar Louie Fenway, 121 Brookline Ave., Boston.

Brew Years Eve at Boston Beer Works

Ring in the New Year at Boston Beer Works. Enjoy music from DJ Jonny Dougs, party favors, live ball drop, midnight champagne toast and more. 8 p.m., Boston Beer Works, 112 Canal St., Boston.

Lamplighter’s '80s New Year's Eve Prom

Lamplighter Brewing Co. is celebrating New Year’s with a prom-themed party you don’t want to miss. Wear your prom attire, and make that hair big, for this fun night of 80’s music, snacks and fun. Tickets are $45. 8 p.m., Lamplighter Brewing Co., 284 Broadway, Cambridge.

New Year's Eve Speakeasy Party at Back Bay Social

Enjoy live music, a champagne toast, speciality cocktails and more at Back Bay Social’s New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party. 9 p.m., Back Bay Social, 867 Boylston St., Boston.

Great Gatsby 2018 New Year’s Eve Party

Celebrate the New Year at Harvard Gardens with a night filled with feathers, pearls, silk and champagne at the Great Gatsby 2018 New Year’s Eve Party. 9 p.m., Harvard Gardens, 316 Cambridge St., Boston.

New Year's Eve with Dalton and the Sheriffs

Alternative country band Dalton and the Sheriffs take the stage at the Paradise for a 21+ show. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967-969 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 

Pete Davidson & Friends

“Saturday Night Live’s” Pete Davidson brings his comedy to the stage at the Wilbur Theatre for one night only. Tickets are $50. 9:45 p.m., the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

New Year's Eve with Seth MacFarlane and the Boston Pops

Ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops and special guest Seth MacFarlane. Dancing and music with the Winiker Band starts at 8:30 p.m., followed by the Boston Pops with Seth MacFarlane at 10:15 p.m. Tickets start at $55. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.

2019 New Year's Eve Roof Party

Say goodbye to 2018 at Legal Harborside’s New Year’s Eve Roof Party. Tickets start at $85 and include a live DJ, midnight toast, noisemakers and more. 10 p.m., Legal Harborside, 270 Northern Ave., Boston.

New Years Eve Cruise on Boston Harbor

Join Mass Bay Lines to ring in the New Year on Boston Harbor. Enjoy a DJ spinning your favorite music, noise makers, crackers and cheese, a champagne toast at midnight and more. Tickets are $55. 10 p.m., 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

New Year’s Eve Midnight Harbor Fireworks

Celebrate the official start of the New Year with two fireworks displays over Boston Harbor. View them in the North End and the Seaport. The midnight harbor fireworks are made possible through the efforts of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, Boston Harbor Now, the Wharf District Council, the City of Boston and businesses all around the Harbor.



Photo Credit: First Night Boston/George Comeau]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend Picks – New Year’s Eve Edition]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:56:58 -0400

Eat:
Kick start 2019 with brunch! Whether you’re starting the new year with a hangover or beginning it fresh, we’ve got the scoop on where to get some New Year’s Brunch! You can check out our roundup here! 

Drink:
Skip the long drive to the mountains and cozy up with Publico every Friday and Saturday this winter at The Lodge at Publico! Sip on Spiked Hot Chocolate around our fire pits while you enjoy some light bites! The Lodge at Publico will be open every Friday and Saturday from 6pm-closing  through the winter!

Celebrate:
Still looking for a spot to ring in 2019 in Southie? New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. But why not skip the frenzy downtown, the struggle for a cab and the fight for a drink and stay local? Here are some of our favorite picks for a very Southie New Year’s Eve.

Shop:
Still need a little sparkle and shine for your NYE party?  No need to leave the neighborhood when it comes to shopping for an outfit!  Ku de Ta, Pretty Reckless, Luxe Leisure and Covet have plenty of looks for you to choose from including sequins dresses, sexy tops and denim, and plenty of accessories to add to your lewk!  Luxe Leisure is having a sale too!  Enjoy 40% off everything full price, up to 75% off sale items & complimentary shipping online! 

Hydrate:
Just in time for your New Year’s hangover, I.V. League will be opening its doors on January 1st! The combination of consuming too much alcohol and not getting enough real sleep, create the recipe for pounding headaches, nausea, and sluggishness. You know why? Because your body is dehydrated and depleted of vitamins! Well, great news for you, Southie now has a new hydration lounge (not sure if this is what you want to call it or if you even want me to mention other services) located on A Street! Offering everything from IV hydration,to specialized services including Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels, I.V. League Hydration is here to help you feel as good as new! I.V. League Hydration also offers concierge service where they come directly to you and provide a wide variety of IV hydration & vitamin treatments depending on your needs. They can treat anything from a hangover to cold and flu symptoms to jet lag! Or maybe you just really want to look refreshed and well-rested. Who doesn’t? We have a feeling I.V. League is going to be your new best friend this holiday season!For more information, visit their website!  Or give them a call 1800-905-4252.

See:
Head to the Seaport District and celebrate 2019 with some midnight fireworks!  There will also be beautiful ice sculptures on display! Feeling like treating yourself? Mastro’s Ocean Club is offering their festive regular menu with items like Shrimp Cocktail, Twin Lobster Tails, Filet Mignon, and Alaska King Crab Black Truffle Gnocchi! Don’t forget to save room for their famous Butter Cake! Enjoy a champagne toast at midnight and get ready to watch fireworks over Boston Harbor from the best seats in the city!

Do:
We hear the best way to cure a hangover is to dive into the freezing cold ocean for a swim!  While there is no scientific research to back that up, it’s a great way to help out Southie families in need!  What better way to start off 2019 then by doing something for others!Join friends and neighbors in front of L Street Tavern at 8am on Tuesday, January 1st then be escorted down L Street by 103rd Postal Fire Column Pipes and Drums for the plunge at 9am. At the L Street Bathhouse, strip down and take an ice-cold plunge!  Warm up back at L Street Tavern for raffles, prizes and a really good time! Even if you are too chicken to jump into the freezing cold ocean, come by to support the participants brave enough to take the plunge and to support local families in need!  #SouthieStillCares

Flow:
Go with the flow!  South Boston Yoga is featuring a special NYE Flow! Enjoy a two-hour flow and finish just in time for a brief silent meditation at midnight to bring in the New Year with good health and great vibes! This is an all levels class! Class will run from 10pm to Midnight, come a little early (9:30) for cookies, chai and socializing.  (This is a clean and sober event for all to enjoy). Price is $30 in advanced or $35 at the door. You can register here! 

Manifest:
Radiant Yoga is offering a special NYE Day Workshop on January 1st from 4pm-6pm
Get real about manifesting what you want for 2019 and cleanse things you don’t want to carry from 2018 into the New Year. Deepen your yoga practice and liberate your body this New Year’s Day through a series of specialized vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga poses geared to touch your heart, liberate your spirit, and open and release your hips and low back. This workshop consists of opening breathing practices, 45 minutes of vinyasa flow, 45 minutes of relax and renew yoga, and a 15 minute meditation practice to help us set our intentions for the new year. Completed with a guided, dreamy, extended Savasana with hands-on healing. Come and Radiate into 2019 with Chanel and assistants. A perfect way to start 2019! Cost: $50 – you can register here! 

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<![CDATA[Where to Ring in 2019 in Dot!]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:54:31 -0400

And just like that, 2018 is almost over. New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. But why not skip the frenzy downtown, the struggle for a cab and the fight for a drink and stay local? Here are some of our favorite picks for a very Dorchester New Year’s Eve.

dbar
Make a reservation for a delicious meal at dbar – think steak and cocktails – then plan on sticking around for their Gold Party beginning at 10pm. Plan on dancing the night away with VJ Ryan Grow! Dinner reservations are strongly recommended. You can make them here! 

Lower Mills Tavern
How about a casual and cozy New Year’s Eve! Enjoy a meal at Lower Mills Tavern featuring a menu with farm-to-table, seasonal, comfort-food-with-a-twist and crafted cocktails in a warm and friendly environment!

Yellow Door Taqueria
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Mexican flare! Think house margarita, chips & guacamole, and plenty of tacos at Yellow Door!

Dorchester Brewing
This is a perfect event who want to be home by midnight to ring in the new year! Pre-game at the Brewery with us before you head to your final 2019 countdown! Stop by to grab some brews before for the final countdown at Dorchester Brewing. We’ll have a beer release, DJ starts playing at 8pm, pretzels and all the party gear you could want!

Dorset Hall
It’s Gatsby inspired NYE celebration at Dorset Hall.   Enjoy a live DJ, dancing, free raffle, drink specials, complimentary toast at midnight!  Kitchen open until 8pm. Bar open until 2am.

Polish American Club
Enjoy a night of food, entertainment and open bar at the always fun Polish American Club!  $125 for everything!  Pick up your tickets at the Polish Club or purchase online here! 

The Industry
Kick off the night with live Irish step dancing at 6:30pm at The Industry. Celebrate the Irish New Year at 7:00pm and plan on sticking around until midnight! Enjoy a casual menu, party bites, music from DJ Bren and a Champagne toast. Walk-ins are welcome!

Ashmont Grill
DJ Maryalice Kalaghan will be spinning the tunes to usher in the new year at the Ashmont Grill! Dinner specials will be available in addition to their regular menu! Dinner: 5:00-10:00pm; Party: 10:00pm-2:00am

Did we miss your favorite spot to celebrate?  Email us a maureendahill@gmail and let us know!

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<![CDATA[First Night and Project Hope]]>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 19:16:15 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First_Night_and_Project_Hope.jpg

Project Hope, an angency that helps low-income women realize their potential, is one of four charitable organizations that are part of this year's charity partner program at First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[Parking Restrictions in Place Ahead of First Night Boston]]>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:36:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5D122713_firstnight_4pm-E_NECN1500kMP4_640x360_2427258026.jpg

With First Night Boston festivities expected to impact traffic and parking in the Back Bay and on the waterfront, city officials are urging revelers to use public transportation.

The Boston Transportation Department announced that traffic restrictions will be in place for the New Year's celebrations in the following locations:

• Boylston Street, between Dartmouth and Charles streets, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Charles Street, between Boylston Beacon streets, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Parking restrictions will be in effect on Dec. 30 through New Year's Day in the following areas:

• Boylston Street, Copley Square side, from Dartmouth to Clarendon streets

• Boylston Street, both sides, from Berkeley to Arlington streets

• Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon to Boylston streets

• Atlantic Avenue, east side, from East India Row to Commercial Street; west side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street

• Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles to Arlington streets

• Berkeley Street, both sides, from Boylston to Newbury streets

• Blagden Street, both sides, from Dartmouth to Exeter streets, not including the BPL parking zone

• Boylston Street, both sides from Exeter to Berkeley streets; Public Garden side, from Arlington to Charles streets

• Charles Street, Public Garden side, from Boylston to Beacon streets

• Charles Street South, odd side, from Park Plaza to Boylston Street

• Clarendon Street, north side, from Newbury to Boylston streets; Trinity Church side, from Boylston Street to Saint James Avenue

• Dartmouth Street, both sides, from St. James Avenue to Newbury Street

• Saint James Avenue, both sides, from Clarendon to Dartmouth streets

• Trinity Place, Copley Fairmont side, from Saint James Avenue to Stuart Street; both sides, from Stuart Street to the Clarendon Street Parking garage, at/ opposite #40 Trinity Place

For a complete list of traffic advisories, click here.

Watch the First Night Boston 2019 festivities on NBC10 Boston, necn and Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra on New Year's Eve. Click here for more information.

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston Performance Schedule]]>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:43:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1038266484.jpg

First Night Boston on Monday announced its full schedule of performances for New Year’s Eve, which will fill Copley Square and surrounding venues in the hours leading up to 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.

Beginning at noon on Dec. 31, artistic and musical performances kick-off inside Boston Public Library and within the Copley Mall, and at 12:30, Boston-based Sweet Harmony turns heads from the main stage in Copley Square. Trinity Church hosts a performance by the Handel and Haydn Society at 1 p.m., and both the Old South Church and the Church of Christian Science host soul-warming organ concerts at 3 and 4 p.m., respectively.

Musicians entertain from the main stage in Copley Square through the afternoon, while comedy performances and a myriad of family-friendly activities fill the Boston Public Library until 4:30 p.m. Event sponsor AT&T complements its free hot chocolate bar with a trio of guitarists at 5 p.m. from its Boylston Street store.

Following remarks from Mayor Marty Walsh and the People’s Procession at 6 p.m., fireworks fill the sky above Boston Common, and music returns to the main stage in Copley Square, where the tempo increases amid sparkling ice sculptures and illuminated buildings.

Boston-based hip-hop duo STL GLD kicks their rhymes at 7:45 p.m., followed by the fearless quartet of female rockers Flight of Fire. With her powerful voice echoing around Copley Square, American Idol contender Sonika Vaid returns to her Boston roots at 9 p.m.

As the countdown clocks inch closer, spirits remain high as Ménage, a brother-sister punk/pop duo from Toronto plugs in at 9:30 p.m., before the United Kingdom’s pop quartet Single by Sunday drops a beat. Event headliner Chadwick Stokes and the Pintos take the stage around 11:20 and help New England ring in 2019, playing past midnight in Copley Square.

The performance by Stokes, who also has served as the front man for State Radio and Dispatch, will highlight more than twelve hours of entertainment, light shows, ice sculptures, and other family-friendly programming that is completely free for thousands of visitors.

More than 200,000 guests are expected to visit First Night Boston. Donations can be made to help support the event at the event website, www.firstnightboston.org.

Click here for the full First Night Boston performance schedule.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Looking Ahead to First Night With Chadwick Stokes]]>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:50:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Looking_Ahead_to_First_Night_With_Chadwick_Stokes.jpg

Chadwick Stokes, who will headline First Night 2019, sits down with NBC10 Boston.]]>
<![CDATA['Everything Honey' on Charitable Side of First Night]]>Wed, 26 Dec 2018 19:13:46 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_Everything_Honey__on_Charitable_Side_of_First_Night.jpg

This year, in addition to hours of free entertainment, ice sculptures and fireworks, First Night Boston is putting four charitable organizations that help empower girls and women in the spotlight. Check out how Ivyee's in the North End is benefiting from the Center for Women and Enterprise.]]>
<![CDATA[Final Days to Bundle Up New England]]>Wed, 26 Dec 2018 19:23:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bundle+up+New+England.JPG

Time is running out to help Bundle Up New England.

NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston are partnering with Simon malls to collect new or gently-used coats, hats, mittens, scarves and more. They will be donated to support the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation and its mentorship programs.

“You’re going to be making a difference,” promised Justin Feldhouse, the general manager of the Burlington Mall.

The mall is one of eight Simon properties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire helping the campaign.

Already, more than 5,000 donations have been tallied.

The Burlington Mall, which is collecting donations on the lower level outside the Lord & Taylor Store, said on top of several hundred donations in recent weeks, it’s expecting a post-Christmas boost.

“I think people who got new jackets for Christmas certainly could be coming down here to drop them off to do some good,” Feldhouse said of new or gently-used winter garments.

There still is time to help out. The Bundle Up New England campaign runs through New Year’s Eve.

For a full list of participating malls, click here. Guest services desks at each location can point you to the drop-off area.

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<![CDATA[Studio Session With Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos]]>Wed, 26 Dec 2018 17:17:14 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000020847921_1200x675_1409288259865.jpg

Watch Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos record their new track "Joan of Arc," which will be performed live at First Night 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Everything You Need to Know About That New Year's Eve Song]]>Wed, 26 Dec 2018 13:09:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/auldlangsyne.jpg

We sing it every year after the ball drops, yet most people couldn't tell you its name or where it came from. Here is everything you need to know about "Auld Lang Syne," that song we sing on New Year's Eve. Make sure to turn up the volume!]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Sculptors Prepping for First Night Boston 2019 ]]>Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:56:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/237*120/121918+boston+first+night.JPG

Preparations are underway for First Night Boston 2019 as a team of ice sculptors create the magnificent displays ahead of the event.]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston to Air 'First Night Boston' New Year's Broadcast]]>Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:35:47 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/firstnightboston.jpg

New England audiences can tune in to NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn this New Year’s Eve to watch live coverage of "First Night Boston."

Hosted by NBC10 Boston and necn anchors Phil Lipof, Shannon Mulaire, JC Monahan, Chris Emma, Kristy Lee and Nick Emmons, along with Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra anchors Grace Gomez, Pedro Castro and meteorologist Cecy del Carmen, viewers can once again watch six hours of family-friendly programming and coverage, including the parade, light shows, ice sculptures and fireworks.

NBC10 Boston coverage airs from 6 to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Telemundo Boston will air the broadcast from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and necn will carry continuing programming from 6 p.m. through the Copley Countdown to 2019 and ending coverage at 12:30 a.m.

Chadwick Stokes, Boston resident and front man of Dispatch, State Radio, and The Pintos, will headline and ring in the New Year at the Dec. 31 concert in Copley Square with thousands of cheering fans. With the illuminated and historic Trinity Church as a backdrop, Stokes will take the Copley Square main stage at 11:20, helping lead the Copley Countdown into the New Year. Segments of the performance will be carried live throughout New England on event television partner NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston.

In addition, First Night Boston has announced a philanthropic Charity Partner Program for its 2019 event. Eventgoers will be introduced to four nonprofit organizations that empower area girls and women.

The selected charities for this inaugural program include #HereForTheMusic, a campaign created by the nonprofit organization Calling all Crows that works to prevent sexual violence in the live music industry through training, policy consulting, and education; Boston-based Project Hope which serves low-income women and families with education, workforce training, job placement, housing assistance, and is an emergency family shelter; The Center for Women and Enterprise dedicated to helping New England women and veterans start and grow their businesses; and Girls at Work, Inc., believing through power tools and one woodworking project at a time they can empowers girls to build confidence to face current and future life challenges.

“First Night Boston represents new beginnings for all of us," said Mike St. Peter, president and general manager of NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn. “This year, in addition to the spectacular celebration coverage in the city, we are privileged to introduce viewers across all three stations and spectators throughout New England to these distinguished organizations who tirelessly fight for a new start for women every day.”

The selected organizations will be featured in Copley Square to spread awareness about the good work that they do, and collect donations throughout the day. NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn viewers will be able to watch pre-event television coverage of their work with the option to donate at FirstNightBoston.org.

The entire broadcast from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. will be available for viewing through a livestream at NBC10Boston.com and necn.com. The Telemundo Boston livestream is available from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at telemundonuevainglaterra.com.

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<![CDATA[Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos to Play First Night Boston]]>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:52:48 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-152090648.jpg

First Night Boston, New England’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, announced that Chadwick Stokes, Boston resident and front man of Dispatch, State Radio, and The Pintos will headline its Dec. 31 concert in Copley Square.

As the finale to 12 hours of free entertainment, light shows, ice sculptures, and other family-friendly programming, Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos will ring in the New Year with thousands of cheering fans.

With the illuminated and historic Trinity Church as a backdrop, Stokes will take the Copley Square main stage at 11:20 p.m., helping lead the Copley Countdown into the New Year. Segments of the performance will be carried live throughout New England on event television partner NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston.

For several decades, Stokes has mirrored his success on stage with his activism and philanthropy off of it. He has spearheaded the foundation of the Elias Fund to help support education in Zimbabwe, the Dispatch Foundation which aims to eliminate socio-economic disparity in Zimbabwe, and most recently, Calling All Crows, an organization which works to improve the lives of women locally and globally.

As part of Stokes’ performance, Calling All Crows and its #HereForTheMusic campaign is included in First Night Boston’s inaugural Charity Partner Program, which includes four local groups that empower area girls and women. The #HereForTheMusic campaign works to prevent sexual violence in the live music industry through training, policy consulting, and education. Other groups in the program include Boston-based Project Hope, which serves low-income women and families with education, workforce training, job placement, housing assistance, and an emergency family shelter, the Center for Women and Enterprise, which is dedicated to helping New England women and veterans start and grow their businesses, and Girls at Work, Inc., which, through power tools and one woodworking project at a time, empowers girls to build confidence to face current and future life challenges.

With The Pintos behind him, Stokes will play favorites from his career with Dispatch, State Radio, and solo albums he has written through the years. “I remember our parents taking us to First Night back in the day, walking around Boston in awe of all the festivities around us,” said Stokes. “I’m honored to be part of this classic event bringing in 2019 with my band — and to support the women and girls of our city and our region.”

First Night Boston begins at Boston’s Copley Square at 12 p.m. on Dec. 31, and more than 200,000 guests are expected to visit the free event. The full musical line-up will be revealed in the days ahead. Donations can be made to help support the event at the event website, www.firstnightboston.org.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[New England Shares: First Night Boston 2019]]>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:46:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First+Night+promo+fullscreen.jpg

First Night Boston 2019 is a few weeks away and NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn will be recognizing three non-profit organizations, Project Hope, Center for Women & Enterprise and #HereForTheMusic, all dedicated to improving our community by empowering young girls and women. Throughout First Night Boston, spectators and viewers are encouraged to donate to their purpose.]]>
<![CDATA[Scenes From First Night Boston 2018]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:13:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/DSaUwdSUIAAklwy.jpg]]><![CDATA[Happy New Year! Boston Rings in 2018 at First Night]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:54:23 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First+Night+Crop+123117.jpg

Despite the lingering extreme cold, elated crowds rang in the new year during  Boston's First Night festivities.

"Boston, make some noise," NBC 10 Boston anchor Phil Lipof shouted to an excited audience as the final seconds of 2017 ticked away.

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Some events were scaled back because of the cold, including Sunday evening's traditional People's Parade, the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and the Family Fireworks on the Boston Common. But that didn't stop throngs of revelers from celebrating 2018 in Copley Square, where there was live stage entertainment, headlined by Eli "Paperboy" Reed.

Early Sunday morning, ice sculptors put finishing touches on intricate sculptures that were on display during the festivities.

"I know other people think it's cold, but it's perfect for us," one sculptor said.

Increased security monitored the crowds, and multiple streets were closed. Revelers were urged to take advantage of public transportation.

Attendees dressed in extra layers and were urged to avoid prolonged exposure outside.   

"I'm going to continue with this fur, maybe add some gloves to my situation," one person who was walking around Copley said Sunday morning.  



Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Kicking Off 2018 With First Night Boston's Celebration]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:34:40 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Celebrates_to_Kick_Off_2018.jpg

Happy new year! At First Night Boston, we counted down to 2018 and then celebrated with a pyrotechnic show.]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Sculptures at First Night Boston]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:23:52 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Ice_Sculptures_at_First_Night_Boston.jpg

Learn about the at the ice sculpture tradition at First Night]]>
<![CDATA[Happy New Year From Jonathan Choe]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:34:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Happy_New_Year_From_Jonathan_Choe.jpg

NBC 10 Boston's Jonathan Choe got pumped for 2018 at First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[Jonathan Choe Has Fun With the First Night Boston Crowd]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:35:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Johnathan_Choe_In_Crowd.jpg

NBC 10 Boston's Jonathan Choe had lots of fun with the crowds gathered at First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[Eli 'Paperboy' Reed at First Night Boston]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:22:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Eli_Paperboy_Reed_at_First_Night_Boston.jpg

The Brookline, Massachusetts-native headlined the live entertainment in Copley Square for First Night Boston.]]>
<![CDATA[We Ask Bostonians: What Should Take a Hike in 2018?]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:05:33 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011514682.JPG

We took a camera down to Copley Square during First Night Boston and asked people what 2017 thing they wanted to see disappear in the new year. Let's just say a lot of people had politics on their mind...]]>
<![CDATA[First Night Festivities Being Scaled Back Due to Cold]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:36:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/firstnight.jpg

Boston's First Night festivities are being scaled back due to extreme cold conditions in the forecast.

Sunday evening's traditional People's Parade, the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and the Family Fireworks on the Boston Common at 7 p.m. have been canceled.

Other events that had been scheduled, including live stage entertainment in Copley Square, ice sculpture displays and programming at the Boston Public Library, are still taking place.

"With large outdoor events like First Night, it is critical that we keep people safe," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement, adding that he supported "the tough decision" that was made to cancel certain events.

Many New Year's Eve events around the Northeast have been put on ice due to the brutal weather conditions, including the annual Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach in Maine, which was rescheduled for the first time in 30 years.

Wind chill temperatures are expected to be -10 degrees in Boston by the time the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, according to our weather team.

Traffic restrictions in the area are still in effect, including Boylston Street from Exeter Street to Tremont Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Charles Street from Park Plaza to Beacon Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Dartmouth Street from St. James Avenue to Boylston Street from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Those heading to First Night Boston are encouraged to take the MBTA.

NBC Boston and necn will have a preview of the First Night festivities from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and NBC Boston, necn and NBC Sports Boston will carry the events live starting from 11 p.m.



Photo Credit: First Night Boston/George Comeau]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Officials Urge Caution for Frigid First Night]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:06:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011462008.JPG

The temperatures may be going down, but the First Night stages are going up in Copley Square as the City of Boston prepares for a frigid New Year’s Eve.

There is no cancellation to the celebration, but city officials say the tradition will come with precautions.

"Hypothermia can set in really quickly or frostbite so we want you to keep an eye on that," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. "We will have medical personnel out in the street to make sure everyone is okay."

Mayor Walsh hosted a much warmer countdown at the Seaport World Trade Center Thursday for Senior First Night. Those who came to celebrate were happy to do so indoors.

While city officials focus on adding resources outdoors, they are urging anyone who plans on attending to add layers to their outfits. Crews who were setting up for the festivities on Thursday were taking the advice seriously.

"I’m going on five layers right now," Eric Riley said. "Two hand warmers, some foot warmers and some gloves, I think I’m good."

Riley was part of a team that spent eight hours setting up on Copley Square Thursday. The deep freeze is ideal for the ice sculptures, but not so much for the revelers. Those who come every year say they are staying positive, despite the negative wind chills expected.

"There’s lots of indoor spaces. You can go and just wrap up in layers and layers and the energy can’t be beat! I love it," attendee Enid Shulman said. 

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to First Night Boston 2018]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 10:07:08 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fireworks49.jpg

First Night Boston is a huge celebration with ice sculptures, a pyrotechnics display, music and more.

The events begin at noon on Dec. 31. From 6 to 6:30 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., First Night Boston will be broadcast live on NBC Boston, necn, NBCBoston.com and necn.com.

First Night First Day 2018 is free and open to all. Entertainment and special attractions will be focused in Copley Square and Back Bay, with local artists and musical performances spanning different cultures and fantastic ice sculptures. For the first time this year, there will also be a First Night Boston Scavenger Hunt!

You can find the full events schedule here.

Before midnight, there will be a "Copley Countdown" with live music followed by a pyrotechnics show to ring in the New Year. There will also be a midnight fireworks display over Boston Harbor, with viewing in the North End and the Seaport.

Road closures: Dartmouth Street will be closed from St. James to Boylston from Dec. 31 through Jan. 1. Trinity Place and Blagden Street will be closed on the 31st and 1st. Boylston Street will be closed from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the 31st along the parade route from Dartmouth Street to the Boston Common. There will be no parking on Bolyston Street between Dartmouth and Clarendon on the 31st and 1st.

Public transportation: Copley Square can be reached by taking the MBTA subway or commuter rail. The following stops are all within a 20-minute walk from Copley Square:

• Green Line: Copley Square Station

• Orange Line: Back Bay Station

• Red Line: Park Street Station

To plan your trip, visit www.mbta.com.

Parking: Paid parking is available in the following area garages:

• 200 Clarendon St. Garage

• Back Bay Garage

• Copley Place Garage

• Prudential Center Garage

• Dartmouth Street Garage

• Impark at 131 Dartmouth St.

For questions, email info@firstnightboston.org.



Photo Credit: Conventures]]>
<![CDATA[New Year's Eve in the Seaport District]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:29:43 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Boston+Generic+Boston+Seaport+District+Generic.JPG

There will be a lot to do New Year's Eve in Boston's bustling Seaport District.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Donate Today! Bundle Up New England Clothing Drive]]>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:20:19 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bundleup2.jpg

Holiday shopping is underway, so while you're out buying new coats, hats, scarves and mittens for your family and friends, we want you to think about donating your old ones.

NBC10 Boston, necn and Telemundo Boston want you to help us "Bundle Up New England" in time for the winter months by donating your gently worn clothing.

All you have to do is look for the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation clothing bin at participating Simon Malls throughout New England.

The campaign runs through Dec. 31.

Below is a list of drop-off locations:

Burlington Mall

75 Middlesex Turnpike

Burlington, MA 01803

Emerald Square Mall

999 S Washington St.

North Attleboro, MA 02760

Northshore Mall

210 Andover St.

Peabody, MA 01960

Solomon Pond Mall

601 Donald Lynch Boulevard

Marlborough, MA 01752

South Shore Plaza

250 Granite St.

Braintree, MA 02184

Square One Mall

1201 Broadway

Saugus, MA 01906

The Mall at Rockingham Park

99 Rockingham Park Boulevard

Salem, NH 03079

The Shops at Chestnut Hill

199 Boylston St.

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston 2018 Schedule]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 10:08:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First-Night-Boston.jpg

Get ready for pyrotechnics, concerts and much more at First Night Boston 2018.

The event schedule for the New Year's Eve and Day celebration has been released, and all events are free and open to the public.

The Pipes and Pops Concert at Old South Church starts at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m., and performances on Copley Square start at 7:30 with PK & the Mighty 7.

Before midnight, there will be a "Copley Countdown" with live music from Eli Paperboy Reed, which will be followed by a pyrotechnic show.

Some events were canceled this year, including the People's Parade and fireworks on the Boston Common, due to severe frigid weather conditions.

Click here to see the full schedule.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at First Night Boston 2017]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:44:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/617images_FNFD17_01.jpg

Get ready for this year's New Year's Eve celebrations with a look back at First Night Boston 2017.

Photo Credit: 617 Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Musical Acts of First Night Boston]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:56:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/196*120/First+Night+Boston+collage.jpg

Are you ready to have a great time at First Night Boston? The musical acts performing at the New Year's Eve party in Copley Square are!

Eli "Paperboy" Reed is an R&B- and soul-inspired singer who graduated from Brookline High School. He's performing at 11 p.m. on the main stage in Copley Square.

Rocker Clarissa Johnson and her band are taking the stage around 10 p.m. She started singing when she was 15 and hasn't stopped since then.

Raised in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, Dutch Rebelle said she doesn't believe that being a female rapper makes her an underdog. She's performing in the 9 p.m. hour during First Night Boston.

PK and the Mighty Seven is a nine-piece funk band based out of Boston, with all but one of its members hailing from the area. They're slated to hit the stage in the 8 p.m. hour.



Photo Credit: Carissa Johnson/NBC Boston/Eli "Paperboy" Reed]]>
<![CDATA[Win Prizes in the First Night Boston Scavenger Hunt]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:28:04 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/FNFD18-Scavenger-Hunt-1.jpg+%281%29.jpeg

What's new and exciting with First Night Boston this year?

In addition to the usual ice sculptures, musical performances and parade, this year First Night Boston is running its first-ever scavenger hunt!

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 26, you can download the GooseChase app, find the First Night Boston Scavenger Hunt, and start completing missions to earn points toward an awesome prize pack. Other missions will have to be completed on First Night itself.

Some of these missions will be physical challenges and will require you to find something or snap a photo of something in or around Boston. Other challenges can be completed online. Some of the challenges involve NBC Boston, necn and Telemundo Boston.

To get you started, here's the NBC Boston prize code: NBC10Boston

Find the NBC Boston mission in the app and the code will earn you 100 points!

Among the prizes are a one-night stay at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel and gift certificates to various local businesses.

Download the GooseChase app for iPhone

Download the GooseChase app for Android



Photo Credit: First Night Boston]]>
<![CDATA[NBC Boston, necn to Host Live First Night Coverage]]>Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:34:36 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/164*120/C1CfvGxXgAAhUg_EDIT.jpg

The 41st annual First Night First Day celebration will again usher in the New Year in spectacular fashion with a two-day joyous celebration of arts, culture and family-friendly activities, in partnership with the City of Boston, on Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.

The organization has also announced this year’s ice sculpture theme, Enchanted Forest, and headlining musical act, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, popular local soul-inspired singer and songwriter. All events are completely free and open to the public.

"First Night in Boston is a long-standing tradition and special celebration that brings together thousands of residents and visitors to ring in the New Year," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "These festivities help foster the spirit of community, and offer us a moment to reflect upon our progress over the past year, while welcoming more opportunities for continued success in the coming year. I look forward to another fun and successful celebration as we look ahead to 2017."

Again this year, NBC Boston and necn will televise First Night festivities live on Dec. 31, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and on NBC Boston, necn and Telemundo Boston from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston are First Night’s exclusive television partner for the second consecutive year, joined by IHeart Radio, which will serve as exclusive radio partner for the first time.

In addition to the signature sculptures in Copley Square, the event’s popular third annual Ice Gallery will feature a new interactive digital/mobile experience to encourage participants to stroll through the Back Bay to view the ice sculptures generously provided by the business owners of Newbury and Boylston Street. Families and kids of all ages will be "enchanted" by magical forest themed ice sculptures crafted by artists into dragons, unicorns, castles, and mythical creatures.

The magical evening culminates with the highly anticipated "Copley Countdown," a multi-sensory display of live music, dazzling light show and pyrotechnics in Copley Square.

The diverse entertainment program will get underway at noon on Dec. 31, 2017 in Copley Square and continue throughout the day and evening with a robust line-up of local performers. Headliner, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, is a modern day soul singer. He grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, but his music has taken him all over the world and back. His songs have been featured in major television and films and in Spring 2018 he'll be releasing his sixth studio album. The full entertainment schedule can be found here.

The First Night First Day Boston festivities would not be possible without the support of 2018 sponsors, partners and donors including: The Highland Street Foundation, Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Mugar Foundation, Plumbers Union Local #12, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Gourmet Catering, Xfinity, The Lynch Foundation, our Host Hotels, and our Host Restaurants, and media partners NBC Boston, and IHeartRadio. For a complete list of sponsors please visit http://www.firstnightboston.org/sponsors.

For more information on First Night First Day Boston 2018 please visit www.FirstNightBoston.org or follow on Facebook, @FirstNight onTwitter, @firstnightboston on Instagram, or follow the conversation using #FirstNightBoston.

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston: Eli 'Paperboy' Reed]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:23:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011131525_1200x675_1116658755904.jpg

A Brookline, Massachusetts, native, Eli "Paperboy" Reed talks about his nickname, what inspires his music and more]]>
<![CDATA[First Night Boston: Carissa Johnson]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:51 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011131528_1200x675_1116657731760.jpg

Carissa Johnson talks about how she got her start at 15, her songwriting and more]]>
<![CDATA[First Night Boston: Dutch Rebelle]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011132213.JPG

Dutch Rebelle talks about being a female rapper, the inspiration behind one of her favorite songs and more]]>
<![CDATA[First Night Boston: PK and the Mighty Seven]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:28:20 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011131516_1200x675_1116657731804.jpg

With all but one from the Greater Boston area, PK and the Mighty Seven say they infuse their own style in the songs they cover]]>
<![CDATA[Scenes From First Night Boston]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:45:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/164*120/C1CfvGxXgAAhUg_EDIT.jpg]]><![CDATA[WATCH: First Night Fireworks]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:45:42 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/C1CyxJ_XUAAevIq.jpg

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<![CDATA[Ringing in the New Year at First Night Boston]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:46:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000003153596.JPG

Spectacular fireworks and a light show from Copley Square were among the many highlights of First Night Boston, ringing in 2017.

For the first time in the history of Boston’s First Night New Year’s Eve festivities, NBC Boston’s Phil Lipof and Shannon Mulaire anchored for an unprecedented 6-1/2 hours of live coverage.

There were performances by local bands and "The Voice" contestant and Boston-native Courtney Harrell, while earlier in the evening there was a parade from Copley Square to Boston Common, which is where the Family Fireworks Show took place at 7 p.m.

Several NBC stars also played a part in Boston’s First Night festivities, including Phil Lipof’s interview with Jimmy Fallon, a performance by Harry Connick Jr, simple and easy New Year’s Day drinks and appetizers with Rachael Ray, and a check-in with Carson Daly live from Times Square.

Other NBC faces shared New Year messages with Boston viewers throughout the night, including Dylan Dreyer and Lester Holt. Plus viewers got a special behind the scenes sneak peak tour of the Today Show set with Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Dylan Dreyer.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Lipof and Mulaire to talk about the history of Boston’s First Night celebrations and reflect on the city’s year.

"This city has been doing this for 40 years, and for 40 years, they've done a great job," Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said.

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<![CDATA[Carving Boston's Newest Station Into Ice]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:12:45 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NBC+Boston+Ice+Sculpture+123116.JPGA look at how the "NBC Boston" ice sculpture presented at First Night came to be.

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<![CDATA[Jackie Bruno Salsa Dances Into The New Year]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:35:30 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000003152203.JPGJackie Bruno hits the dance floor with instructors from Ballroom in Boston.

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<![CDATA[Cleanup Underway After Successful First Night Boston]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 20:20:22 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/C1E7U7MXAAA5ES6.jpgCrews will tackle plenty of trash and empty stages after a very successful First Night celebration in Boston.]]><![CDATA[Comedy Group Performs at First Night Boston]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:32:38 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/C1DCgYTWgAA9dRi.jpgImprov Boston celebrates the New Year with a performance at First Night Boston.

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<![CDATA[Meet Carlie Copley]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:29:11 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000003152666.JPGThe Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel has a special team member

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<![CDATA[Boston Ready for 2017]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:07:18 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000003151281.JPGRevelers lined the streets of Boston for First Night on New Year's Eve.

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<![CDATA[Officials Discuss First Night Boston Security Prep]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:53:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Sec+new+.JPG

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the police and fire commissioners discussed security preparations for the city's First Night and New Year's Eve celebrations at a Thursday morning news conference. 

Mayor Walsh says there are currently no credible terror threats targeting Boston, but urges residents to be vigilant. 

"If you see something out of the ordinary, let a police officer know, or a public safety official. There will be plenty of folks out in the street and if you don't see someone, please call 911 and report anything that might look suspicious," Walsh said. 

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans discussed how the recent terrorist attack in Berlin affects Boston's security preparations. 

"I think you've seen around the Christmas time, we really stepped up our patrols in and around the churches and religious institutions and we'll be doing that too," Evans said. "That's a threat that ISIS put out there. It's sad that we have to do this type of stuff, but it's a reality of what's happening now in the world." 

Both Evans and Walsh addressed people possibly overindulging with alcohol in public. 

"By 2 o'clock people have had enough to drink. By 2:30 it's time to go home," Evans said. "We encourage everyone to come out, but obviously leave the alcohol and all the craziness at home." 

Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn emphasized this has been a busy season for Boston firefighters and stressed preparedness. 

"I encourage people who come out to celebrate to make sure they unplug their interior lights," Finn said. "Christmas trees tend to dry out and they start shedding their needles, they become combustible at that point in time."

The city officials discussed street closings which will include Copley Square, as well as an array of parking restrictions in the area.

Towards the end of the news conference, Mayor Walsh was asked if he had a message for anyone lighting up a joint on New Year's Eve. 

"Enjoy it," quipped Walsh. "Happy New Year." 

The mayor did go on to remind people it's against the law to smoke in public parks and where no smoking signs are posted.



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<![CDATA[Boston's Weekend Street Closures and Parking Bans]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:50:01 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+Parking+092515.jpg

The City of Boston has posted its traffic and parking ban for New Year's Eve and the First Night celebration. 

Street closures and parking bans will be in effect at various times and locations over the weekend and may be revised by the Boston Police Department at any time as necessary. 

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: 

Boylston Street, from Exeter Street to Tremont Street, 4 PM to 8 PM on 12/31/16 

Charles Street, from Park Plaza to Beacon Street, 5 PM to 8 PM on 12/31/16 

Dartmouth Street, from St. James Avenue to Boylston Street, 10AM on 12/31/16 to 1 AM on 1/1/17 

TEMPORARY PARKING RESTRICTIONS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: 

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday to Sunday” 

Boylston Street, Copley Square side, Dartmouth Street to Clarendon Street 

Blagden Street, both sides, Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street, not including BPL parking zone 

Trinity Place, Copley Fairmont side, from Saint James Avenue to Stuart Street, and, both sides, from Stuart Street to the Clarendon Street Parking garage, opposite #40 

“Tow Zone No Stopping Saturday" 

Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street 

Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Arlington Street 

Berkeley Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street 

Boylston Street, both sides, from Exeter Street to Arlington Street (not including BPL parking zone), and, Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street 

Clarendon Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street, and, Trinity Church side, from Boylston Street to Saint James Avenue 

Dartmouth Street, both sides, from St. James Street to Newbury Street 

Saint James Avenue, both sides, from Clarendon Street to Dartmouth Street



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<![CDATA[Icy Octopus Residing Outside New England Aquarium]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:22:50 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Octoice.JPG

An ice sculpture of a giant octopus is on display outside the New England Aquarium. 

Don Chapelle, an ice sculptor from North Andover, put the finishing touches on the icy octopus Wednesday morning for Boston's First Night celebration. 

Chapelle did the majority of the work last week in his Lawrence, Massachusetts studio, where he carved the octopus's head and tentacles out of 50 blocks of ice. 

Each block if ice weighs 325 pounds, totaling 15-thousand pounds. Chapelle then moved the sculture to the Aquarium plaza and put it all together. 

The octopus ice sculpture is on display for public viewing.



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<![CDATA[NBC Boston to Host Over 6 Hours of Live First Night Coverage]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:02:41 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/firstnightgraphic.jpg

For the first time in the history of Boston’s First Night New Year’s Eve festivities, NBC Boston’s Phil Lipof and Shannon Mulaire will anchor for an unprecedented 6-1/2 hours of live coverage. The program will air on Countdown NBC Boston and necn from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Telemundo Boston will broadcast live from Copley Square beginning at 11 p.m. and CSN New England will simulcast the whole program from 6-12:30 a.m.

Several NBC stars will play a part in Boston’s First Night festivities, including Phil Lipof’s interview with Jimmy Fallon, a performance by Harry Connick Jr, simple and easy New Year’s Day drinks and appetizers with Rachael Ray, and a check-in with Carson Daly live from Times Square.

Other NBC faces will be sharing New Year messages with Boston viewers throughout the night, including Dylan Dreyer and Lester Holt. Plus viewers will get a special behind the scenes sneak peak tour of the Today Show set with Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Dylan Dreyer.

During the night, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be on-set with Lipof and Mulaire to talk about the history of Boston’s First Night celebrations and reflect on the city’s year.

The broadcast will include an appearance by the Boston Children’s Chorus, and other special Boston-based guests include Boston Common Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lisa Pierpont to discuss 2017 style trends, Director of Food and Beverage Services at the Fairmont Copley Tim Clapp who will kick off the celebrations with a sabrage demonstration, and an appearance by ImprovBoston. Fairmont Copley Canine Ambassador Carly Copley, a rescue dog who is also the canine ambassador for the Fairmont, will be wagging in the New Year from the set as well.

There will be special live performances throughout the night, including Courtney Harrell, a contestant on the current season of “The Voice.” Joining for live interviews and taped performances are Jessie Chris, Southboro native and a Radio Disney Country Artist, who was the youngest performer at the 2015 Country Music Association Festival, and Quinn Sullivan, a New Bedford High School senior who has been singing professionally with stars such as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and B.B. King for most of his life.

“First Night First Day 2017” is produced by Conventures, Inc. in partnership with the City of Boston. The festivities include signature fireworks, a holiday lights display, ice sculptures, arts and musical performances, the People’s Procession, and more. The celebration culminates with the traditional “Copley Countdown” in anticipation of the city’s dazzling light and pyrotechnics show.

All events are free and open to the public.

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<![CDATA[Everything to Know About First Night Boston]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:33:54 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fireworks49.jpg

First Night Boston is a huge celebration with ice sculptures, fireworks, a parade, music, face painting and much more.

The events are perfect for those of all ages, and begin at noon on Dec. 31, and starting at 6 p.m., they're being broadcast live on NBC Boston.

First Night First Day 2017 is free and open to all. Focused in Copley Square, it will highlight local artists and musical performances spanning different cultures, ice sculptures, and a procession featuring giant puppets, drum lines and other exciting participants.

Family-friendly fireworks will take place at 7 p.m. over the Boston Common. Before midnight, there will be a "Copley Countdown" with live music followed by a spectacular pyrotechnics show to ring in the New Year.

In addition, there will be First Day events on Jan. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.

Public transportation: Copley Square can be reached by taking the MBTA subway or commuter rail. The following stops are all within a 20-minute walk from Copley Square:

 

  • Green Line: Copley Square Station
  • Orange Line: Back Bay Station
  • Red Line: Park Street Station

To plan your trip, visit www.mbta.com.

Parking: Paid parking is available in the following area garages:

 

  • 200 Clarendon St. Garage
  • Back Bay Garage
  • Copley Place Garage
  • Prudential Center Garage
  • Dartmouth Street Garage
  • Impark at 131 Dartmouth St.

For questions, email firstnight@conventures.com or call 617-439-7700.



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<![CDATA[Where to Stay in Boston on New Year's Eve]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:18:44 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Taj+Boston.jpg

Looking for a place to stay in Boston on New Year's Eve?

The team at First Night Boston has compiled a list of 13 great hotels in the area if you want to spend the night.

Click here for more.

NBC Boston is partnering with First Night to broadcast the 2017 festivities starting at 6 p.m. Check back here for more info on the day's excitement.



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<![CDATA[Navigating Boston During First Night]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:11:49 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/uber+autos+autonomos.jpg

Getting around Boston can be tricky.

Whether you're walking, driving, taking the T or taking an Uber, the folks at Boston First Night have come up with a nifty list of ways to navigate the city on Dec. 31.

Click here for more.

NBC Boston is partnering with First Night to broadcast the 2017 festivities starting at 6 p.m. Check back here for more info on the day's excitement.

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<![CDATA[The Bands of First Night Boston]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:01:55 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/courtneyharrell.jpg

One of the best parts of First Night Boston is the music. And this year's lineup is full of some great local voices. 

Below, you can listen to five artists who will be performing in Copley Square on Dec. 31:

Courtney Harrell from NBC's "The Voice," performing Tina Turner's "If I Could Turn Back Time"

Tigerman WOAH, performing "Old Plank Road"

Air Traffic Controller, performing "Hurry Hurry"

Kyle Bent, performing "Vibes"

Cask Mouse, performing "Sinners"

To see the full list of performers, click here.



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<![CDATA[31 Fun Things to Do in Boston This December]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:33:39 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/boston+winter+city+hall+plaza+ice+skating.jpg

Looking for something fun to do in Boston this December? Well, First Night Boston has come up with a list of events and activities - one for each day of the month.

The events include ImprovBoston shows, the Holiday Pops, a gingerbread house brunch and a fun-filled day for grown-ups at the Boston Children's Museum.

For those who don't feel like venturing out into the cold, there are plenty of indoor events. And there are numerous outdoor events like Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza as well.

Check out the full list of events at firstnightboston.org.

NBC Boston is partnering with First Night Boston to broadcast the 2017 festivities starting at 6 p.m. Check back here for more info on the day's excitement.



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<![CDATA[How to Dress for First Night Boston]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:34:29 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/1stnight.jpg

Worried about being too cold at First Night Boston 2017? Don't! Here are some tips on how to dress for the big event:

Lower body: Two pairs of socks - one thick and one thin; warm, water resistant boots, thermal long johns under pants of your choice.

Upper body: Three layers - a thin, long-sleeved shirt with a sweater or fleece on top and a heavy winter coat with a hood. 

Accessories: Hat, scarves and mittens.

Click here for more tips on how to dress on First Night.

NBC Boston is partnering with First Night to broadcast the 2017 festivities starting at 6 p.m. Check back here for more info on the day's excitement.

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston Event Schedule Released]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:37 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/First-Night-Boston.jpg

There's fireworks, the People's Parade, concerts and much more — but how to fit in all the events at First Night Boston? 

Get out your planner, because the event schedule has been released — and remember, all events are free and open to the public. 

The fireworks over the Common take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and comes an hour after the parade to the Common. Pipes and Pops performances at Old South Church come before and after the fireworks, at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Before midnight, there will be a "Copley Countdown" with live music followed by a spectacular pyrotechnics show to ring in the New Year.

The excitement begins, forsooth, with the "Shakespeare Unauthorized" exhibition at the Boston Public Library at 10 a.m. And there's dance, magic shows, concerts and more throughout the event.

A special performance headlines New Year's Day's festivities Sunday, but the name of the artist hasn't been announced yet. 

Click here to see the full schedule. 

NBC Boston is partnering with First Night to broadcast the 2017 festivities starting at 6 p.m. Check back here for more info on the day's excitement. 

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<![CDATA[First Night '16: Fireworks, Parade and More]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:50:28 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/179*120/First+Night+1.jpgCheck out photos from First Night 2016, where fireworks lit up the sky and music played everywhere from Copley Square to Boston Common.]]><![CDATA[How Boston Rang in 2016 at First Night]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:29:03 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-12-31-22h03m29s30.jpg

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston: View From the Street]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:52:10 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/icesculpt7.jpg.pngA gallery of photos from First Night Boston's preparations and parade.]]><![CDATA[Flashback: Boston Holds First Night Bash for 2015]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:33:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2014-12-31-16h53m14s125.jpg]]><![CDATA[WATCH: Boston Fireworks Ring in 2015]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:56:24 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2016-12-08+at+12.55.32+PM.pngBoston celebrated the end of 2014 and the start of 2015.

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<![CDATA[Boston Celebrates New Year]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:31:59 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-01-01-05h59m07s19.jpg

For the most part, Boston was peaceful to bring in 2015.

There was fried dough, good eats… And then of course these eyewear fashion statements.

If there was anything to complain about, it may have been the cold temperatures. But for real Bostonians and New Englanders, it wasn't that bad.

About 150 protesters showed up to Boston's First Night, like in many other cities, protesting the killing of two unarmed black men by white police officers. This protest involved a die-in.

But for the most part, First Night in Boston was cool, calm and collected as the city brought in 2015 in style.



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<![CDATA[GALLERY: New Year's Eve]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:32:13 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-01-01-05h59m15s95.jpgA photo gallery taking a look at the various preparations and celebrations of the last day of 2014

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston Gears Up]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:30:58 -0400https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+Fireworks1.jpg

Eighteen months after a near-death experience, Boston's First Night celebration organizers were kicking preparations into high gear Monday afternoon, including ice sculptor Donald Chapelle finally getting the right temperatures to begin carving stacks of 300-pound ice cubes into festive decorations.

"It's going to be good weather from here on in, absolutely,'' Chapelle, of Brilliant Ice Sculpture in Lawrence, said as his crew set down big stacks of ice around Trinity Church in Copley Square. "We had a couple of soupy hours there yesterday and this morning, but I think we're going to be in good shape.'' Chapelle added that normally he would have gotten started three days sooner, but making sure to wait for a long stretch of below-freezing weather was critical to avoiding seeing his artwork melt.

The ice sculptures are one of the most visible and popular elements of an all-day celebration, going through midnight fireworks over the harbor, that dates back to 1976.

"If you see classical music, see blues, take in a puppet show or a poetry slam, there's over 200 activities,'' First Night spokeswoman Ami Bennitt said. They're all available for just the $10 price of an admission button, available at CVS, Bank of America branches, and other locations listed at FirstNightBoston.org .

Eighteen months ago, First Night nearly collapsed after organizers said they were struggling to raise enough money to ensure it would go on as planned at the end of 2013. Mayor Thomas M. Menino had the city take over the event and the Newton-based Highland Street Foundation became the lead financial sponsor, salvaging the event for 2013.

This year's event will include the usual parade down Boylston Street, a slew of family entertainment options inside the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, fireworks on the Common at 7 p.m. and over Boston Harbor at midnight, and a new attraction, the Budweiser Clydesdales leading the grand parade at 5:30 p.m., Bennitt said. A Copley Square stage outside Trinity Church will feature multiple bands all Wednesday night as well.

With videographer Daniel J. Ferrigan 



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