First Night Boston lineup announced

First Night Button art, by Maria Termini
First Night Button art, by Maria Termini

The lineup for this year’s First Night Boston celebration is out and there are some new things and plenty of good returns. The indoor/outdoor festival will feature 1,000 artists and 200 exhibitions and performances and run from 12 to 12 (that’s noon to midnight) in downtown Boston. Outdoor events are free with a First Night Button ($18, $15 online through Dec. 23, free under 4). You can buy the button online here.

Here are a few happy-new-year highlights:

- Brookline Ice sculptures at Copley Square featuring “Jack and the Beanstalk”

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- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum free admission to the first 300 button holders (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

- New England Conservatory Children’s Chorus at the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom (3 p.m.)

- The Grand Procession begins in front of the Hynes Convention Center (5:30 p.m.)

- “Pippin” at the A.R.T. (7:30 p.m. free admission to the first 50 button holders on a first-come-first-served basis beginning at noon)

- Magnetic Fields at Symphony Hall (9 p.m.)

- Sean Fielder and the Boston Tap Company at the Hynes Convention Center Ballroom (9:30 p.m.)

- Indie-rock singer Cass McCombs at the BPL (10:30 p.m.)

- LogMeIn Midnight Fireworks Over Boston Harbor

As for the artist behind the First Night button, her name is Maria Termini and she’s from Newton.

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