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First Night Boston Grand Procession. Photo by Paul Robicheau.

First Night 2012

December 20, 2011 / Events

The city of Boston hosted the inaugural First Night over 3 decades ago, and now more than 70 cities and towns in the US celebrate this New Year’s Eve festival of art, culture, and entertainment.

Here’s how it works: buy a collectible button and display it proudly–that’s your admission to every one of the indoor and outdoor venues all over the city. (This year’s First Night Boston button was designed by artist Fay Chandler.) From 1PM until 12 AM on December 31, over 1 million people will descend on Boston’s streets, enjoying everything from ice sculptures to fireworks.

The idea of the evening is that it’s family-friendly and (generally) alcohol-free. Look for a First Night near you, or attend the Granddaddy of them all in Beantown.

Either way, Happy New Year!

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