10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Massachusetts

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year. How would you like to celebrate? Do you get dressed up and attend a fancy party? Would you prefer to spend a few hours at a local bar with party favors and a live band? Maybe you want to do something family-friendly, so you can celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kids. No matter how you want to celebrate, you will find plenty of options in the Bay State. The following are the 10 best New Year’s Eve events in Massachusetts. 

First Night Boston, Boston, MA

People travel from all over New England to attend First Night Boston. Enjoy live family-friendly entertainment at a variety of venues as well as fireworks and a spectacular ice sculpture display. Visit the website for participating businesses and for information on where to buy your First Night buttons.

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Gala Nautical New Year’s Eve Celebration, Nantucket, MA

The Nantucket Hotel comes alive on New Year’s Eve with its Gala Nautical New Year’s Eve Celebration. An anchor drop takes place at midnight instead of a giant sparkling ball. A clambake dinner begins the festivities following a welcome cocktail reception at 6:30. The dance party begins at 9 p.m. Everyone is asked to wear cruise attire in keeping with the theme. Tickets are $150 per person.

LIR New Year’s Eve Party, Boston, MA

LIR is an upscale Irish pub in Boston, and they’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party that all can afford. For just a $12 ticket, you can party all night long. A DJ will play the past year’s hits and a champagne toast will take place at midnight. Tickets are accepted at the door as early as 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at The Castle, Beverly, MA

The Castle is a board game café in Beverly. On New Year’s Eve they’re hosting a bash with hors d'oeuvres, unlimited gaming, raffle prizes, and a champagne toast. 

Hugh O'Neill's Restaurant and Pub's New Years 'Eve Party, Malden, MA

You can party on New Year’s Eve at Hugh O’Neill’s Restaurant & Pub. There will be a DJ playing all your favorite songs so you can dance into the new year, as well as party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 

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New Year's Eve Family Party at Wamesit Lanes, Tewksbury, MA

Enjoy New Year’s Eve with the whole family at Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center. Reserve a party package from 2-4 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m. There are 28 lanes available and for $150 per lane, your family will enjoy pizza, soft drinks, a kid’s toast and shoe rentals. You’ll bowl for two hours and be home in plenty of time to tuck the kids in with a babysitter and head out to ring in the New Year as adults.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise, Boston, MA

Spirit Cruises is offering their fireworks and dinner cruise on Boston Harbor as a special way to ring in the new year. Dance the night away after enjoying a buffet dinner. Enjoy a firework display and a champagne toast at midnight. The cruise is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and tickets are available online.

Steve Sweeney's NYE Spectacular at The Cabot, Beverly, MA

Enjoy the humor of famed comedian Steve Sweeney at the Cabot on New Year’s Eve. Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40. 

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Bar Louie's Roaring 20s NYE Party, Foxborough, MA

Attend Roaring 20s celebration at Bar Louie on New Year’s Eve. Located in Patriot’s Place, tickets are $10, and the place is expected to be hopping all night. Order food, have some cocktails or beer, and be ready to welcome the new year in at midnight. The party doesn’t stop then either. Many will stick around until closing time for even more fun.

Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston, MA

Attend the annual Boston Pops New Year’s Eve Concert. There’s really no more exciting way to ring in the new year. There will be a few dining options available as well as a cash bar. Check the website for ticket options.

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