The First Night lineup includes music, ice skating, and more

Enjoy more than 12 hours of activities before the evening's finale welcomes 2020 with a bang.

Midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor mark a turning of the New Year. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

First Night Boston has been a fixture of the city’s New Year’s celebrations for more than four decades.

This year, between 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 31 and 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, you can attend an array of activities and performances by comedians, dancers, musicians, and puppeteers. The festivities culminate with a midnight fireworks show over the harbor.

Check out the schedule below and make a note of which events — all free, by the way — you don’t want to miss.

Main Events

6 p.m. Opening Ceremony and People’s Procession from Copley Square to Boston Common

6 p.m. Frog Pond Skating Spectacular Presented by The Skating Club of Boston on the Boston Common

7 p.m. City of Boston’s Family Fireworks by the Mugar Foundation on the Boston Common


12 a.m. Midnight Fireworks Presented by Boston Harbor Now on the Boston Inner Harbor

Boston Public Library — Johnson Building

Commonwealth Salon

  • 12 p.m. Dancing Buns Studios (Dance classes)
  • 1:30 p.m. Drumming About You
  • 2 p.m. Drumming About You
  • 2:30 p.m. Drumming About You
  • 3 p.m. Drumming about you
  • 3:30 p.m. Drumming About You
  • 4 p.m. Drumming about you

Rabb Lecture Hall

  • 12 p.m. Responders (Musical performance)
  • 1:15 p.m. Improv Boston
  • 2:30 p.m. Improv Boston
  • 3:45 p.m. Improv Boston

Newsfeed Café

  • 12 p.m.The Stephen Bates Quartet
  • 1 p.m. The Stephen Bates Quartet
  • 2:15 p.m. Neptune’s Car (Musical performance)
  • 3:15 p.m. Jesse McKellar (Musical performance)
  • 4:15 p.m. Boston Youth Chamber

Boston Public Library — McKim Building

McKim Exhibition Hall

  • 1 p.m. GBCCA: Arts & Crafts and Cultural Performances

Guastavino Room

  • 12 p.m. Boston Sax Quartet
  • 1 p.m. Boston Sax Quartet

Copley Place Mall

12 p.m. Chu Ling Dance Academy (Dance performances)

1:30 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theater

2 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theater

2:30 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theater

3 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theater

3:30 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theater

Copley Square

11:45 a.m. Dempsey Sisters (Musical performance)

12:20 p.m. Sweet Harmony (Musical performance)

1 p.m. Elliot Wren (Musical performance)

1:20 p.m. BAND, Inc. (Musical performance)

2 p.m. Amber Ais (Musical performance)

2:20 p.m. Morningbird (Musical performance)

3 p.m. Jonah Bencal (Music performance)

3:20 p.m. Paco (Musical performance)

4 p.m. Sam Chetkin (Musical performance)

4:20 p.m. Sensation (Musical performance)

5 p.m. Sol y Canto (Musical performance)

5:20 p.m. Vocal Revolution (Musical performance)

6:30 p.m. Maddi Ryan (Musical performance)

7:30 p.m. Alli Haber (Musical performance)

8:10 p.m. Daniel Laurent (Musical performance)

8:30 p.m. GreenLight Jazz Orchestra

9:10 p.m. Liz Bills (Musical performance)

9:30 p.m. Najee Janey (Musical performance)

10:10 p.m. Savasha (Musical performance)

10:30 p.m. Sons of Levin (Musical performance)

11:30 p.m. Copley Countdown with Single By Sunday

12 a.m. Midnight Pyrotechnics and Light Show

First Church of Christ, Scientist

4 p.m. First Night Organ Concert

Old South Church

3 p.m. The King of Instruments


6:30 p.m. Pipes and Pops Concert

8 p.m. Pipes and Pops Concert

Sheraton Boston Hotel

4 p.m. New Year’s Eve Concert with Vere Hill

Trinity Church

1 p.m. Handel and Haydn Society Emancipation Proclamation Concert


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