Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Boston: Your Guide to December 31, 2021

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It’s hard to believe there’s only two weeks left of 2021. Forget about waiting until the last minute to make plans for December 31. From ice sculptures and family-friendly festivities, to Harbor cruises and parties at all the hottest clubs, here’s your guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Boston.

Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise

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Grab your best Gatsby get up (yes, the theme is the Roaring 20’s) and dance the night away aboard the Music City Queen Riverboat. Tickets start at $95 per person and the ship boards at 8:00pm on December 31.

Additional Harbor Cruises:

An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise

Those looking to celebrate a day early (Thursday, December 30 to be exact) can hop aboard the Northern Lights for a 90-minute cruise filled with classic Christmas carols. Guests can choose to depart at either 6:00pm or 8:00pm.

NYE Party hosted by Time Out Market Boston

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Live music, magic, and performances by Cirque du Light await guests of the Time Out Market Boston Winter Wonderland NYE extravaganza. Tickets are $90 and include a complimentary champagne toast and $60 gift card to be used towards food and drink at the Winter Wonderland event. 

Back Bay Social Speakeasy NYE Party

General admission tickets start at $35 and include entrance to the event. For an additional $75 (yes, you’ll need to purchase the $35 GA ticket first), you can reserve a private table for 2-4 guests and receive a bottle of sparkling wine and an 8-piece appetizer. 

Resolution Ball at the Westin Copley

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Check out the longest-running NYE bash in Boston and head to the Westin Copley this December 31. Three ticket options are available — Dinner, Reception, and Party — and prices start at $65 per person. Guests can also participate in the silent auction where proceeds will be donated to The Ellie Fund.  

Additional NYE Parties:

Royale NYE Party

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in luxury at the Royale. Ticket prices start at $80 per person.

Howl at the Moon NYE Party

In addition to a midnight champagne toast, guests have access to a build-your-own slider bar between 8:30pm and 10:00pm. Ticket prices start at $65 per person.

Roaring 20’s at Game On

Head to Game On for their Roaring 20’s-themed NYE bash. Tickets start at $44 per person.

Ned Devine’s 

Tickets start at $70 per person and include food, favors, and a champagne toast.

Venu Nightclub

NETA Premium Cannabis and Venu Nightclub have teamed up to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Boston. Ticket prices start at $55 per person.

First Night: 42nd Edition

YES there will be fireworks this year! Head to Copley Square, Boston Common, or the Boston Harbor for an assortment of activities such as live music, performances, a parade, and complimentary ice skating. Family fireworks will start at 7:00pm from the Boston Common with a second round of pyrotechnics launching from near the Boston Harbor at midnight.

See the Ice Sculptures

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Quite a few ice sculptures are scattered across the Waterfront, North End, Charlestown, South Boston, and Seaport. Why not take a stroll and see them all? A few of the locations where you can find ice sculptures:

North End: Atlantic Wharf, Battery Wharf Hotel, Christopher Columbus Park
Charlestown: Charlestown Navy Yard
Downtown Waterfront: Marriott Long Wharf, Boston Harbor Hotel, Harbor Towers, New England Aquarium
Seaport: Envoy Hotel, Fjällräven, Sephora, and L.L. Bean storefronts, Yotel, Fan Pier