We can’t think of a more fun way for area residents to ring in the new year than celebrating the arts at Boston’s First Night. And we can’t think of an easier way to get there than riding a C&J bus. Our South Station bus service is the easiest way to get to and from Boston during this busy holiday.
So what can you expect at First Night 2014? There’s a full lineup of events to help you celebrate all day long.
First Night Family Festival
If you’re looking for daytime family fun, head to the Hynes Convention Center for the Family Festival. There you’ll find a full range of kid-friendly events, including a creative puppet show, daring circus acts, all-ages folk performers Elizabeth Mitchell and Dan Zanes (1-3 p.m.), and an array of interactive light and sound art exhibits.
Admission for these indoor events is $10 (children under 4 are free). Get your tickets (in the form of the official First Night button) online at: Artsboston.org.
When the sun goes down, the Hynes Convention Center is putting on two musical performances featuring a number of artists including, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Anaïs Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. and Patti Smith and Her Band with Dean Wareham at 8:30 p.m.
Or head down to the Berklee Performance Center to see bluegrass guitarist Sierra Hull at 7:00 p.m. or the Donald Harrison Quintet at 8:45 p.m.
First Night Outdoor Events
Great news! All outdoor First Night events are free to attend. Head over to Boston Common to play with FIGMENT’s interactive art installations, then line up to watch the famous light-themed Grand Procession parade.
Continuing a more recent tradition, there will also be two fireworks displays this New Year’s Eve – one at 7 p.m. at Boston Common for little ones, and the other at midnight over Boston Harbor.
And to get in on all the late-night action, you’ll want to be at Copley Square. There you’ll catch a number of performances (including Gentlemen Hall on the main stage), the incredible display of sparkling ice sculptures, and the countdown to the new year on the huge 3D projection screen.
So have fun, stay safe, and ride C&J!