Dec 26, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012: Arty New Years Eve (not at a bar), Polar Plunges, Snowshoeing & Skating, Hikes & Cruises, listing more Fireworks than anyone else!

This Week in ReviewJohnny Monsarrat

You don’t have to go to a bar for New Years Eve! I now present the biggest list of arty, creative New Years Eve events in New England. And by far the biggest list of fireworks! I know it’s the biggest because I Googled every single town in the state, so much that Google briefly shut me out for too much searching. So here are some great ideas. Let’s start with the big one in Boston, First Night. You buy one ticket and get admission to dozens of dance, music, & participatory events, all within walking distance of each other downtown. It’s really fantastic and you must give it a shot. It’s the largest New Years celebration in the country. The trick is to stand in the back and don’t be afraid to leave & go next door midway through a performance. Starts in the early afternoon and goes through midnight.

This is the last big week for nighttime Xmas light attractions, and pretty much the last week for interesting arty events until March, so go make something of it. I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun!


David Foster & Mohegan Sun All Stars - tix giveaway at Boston Events INSIDER

David Foster & Mohegan Sun All Stars – tix giveaway

Sat 12/31

Still looking for a place to go for New Year’s Eve? How about this party featuring David Foster… 877.571.SHOW.Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St, Worcester, MA. more
East Heaven Hot Tub - tix giveaway at Boston Events INSIDER

East Heaven Hot Tub – tix giveaway

Sat 1/1 – Mon 1/31

Didn’t win last week? I have more tix to give! East Heaven has a rooftop hot tub and a variety of spa servics. I’m giving away a half hour tu… 33 West St, Northampton, MA. more
Sing-a-Long Sound of Music at Boston Events INSIDER

Sing-a-Long Sound of Music

Mon 12/26 – Fri 12/30

The Sound of Music, the classic musical is being shown in Arlington along with printed lyrics so you can sing along. How fun!! And it’s happenin… Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA. more
First Night Boston at Boston Events INSIDER

First Night Boston

Sat 12/31

Don’t go to a bar for New Years! Getting drunk is not creative, and you already spend a third of your life asleep… that’s enough blotting out life. for me. How ab… Various Locations, Boston, MA. more
First Night Grand Procession & Fireworks at Boston Events INSIDER

First Night Grand Procession & Fireworks

Sat 12/31

Don’t want to pay? The parade is free, with ice sculptures in Boston Common and fireworks over Boston Harbor a… From Hynes Convention Center to Boston Common, Boston, MA. more
First Night at Frog Pond Skating Pink at Boston Events INSIDER

First Night at Frog Pond Skating Pink

Sat 12/31

Boston Common’s pond has ice skating all winter, including New Years Eve. Boston, MA. more
New Year's Eve Dance Party at Folk Arts Center of New England at Boston Events INSIDER

New Year’s Eve Dance Party at Folk Arts Center of New England

Sat 12/31

OK, let’s say you’re afraid of walking in the cold and just want to stay in a single place for New Years. Here’s a … Church, 11 Homer Street, Newton, MA. more
New Years Day Walk at Boston Events INSIDER

New Years Day Walk

Sat 1/1

Here’s another walk, conveniently in Boston. Below I list a bunch more in state parks all around. 2-4pm. The nearby Franklin Park Zoo is open on New Year’s, too! Franklin Park, Boston, MA. more
L Street Brownies New Year's Day Swim at Boston Events INSIDER

L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim

Sat 1/1

Every New Years Day, crazy people go for a swim on New Years. Why not show up and cheer them on? What a way … 617-635-5104.Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road, Boston, MA. more
Moonlit Snowshoe Tour at Boston Events INSIDER

Moonlit Snowshoe Tour

Thu 12/29

Snowshoes!! I’ve never done this, and I really want to go! I have big feet already, but they are not snowshoe sized, so I will need to rent snowshoes. 7:30-9pm. Gorham, NH. more

This week’s top items are below, or see the complete Boston Events Insider.


And a lot more this week at Boston Events Insider, the most popular events blog in New England, including:

First Night Tours at Otis House
Spirit of Boston New Year’s Cruise
Happy Noon Year
New Year’s Eve Harbor Cruise with a Ranger
New Years Eve with The Donkey Show
Boston’s Resolution Ball
New Years Eve at Nashoba Ski
Bessie’s New Year’s Eve PJ Dance Party
New Years’ Eve Contra Dances
New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk
New Year’s Eve at the Irish Cultural Center of New England
New Year’s Needham, MA
City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve, New Bedford, MA
First Night Worcester, MA
New Year’s Eve at Wachusett Mountain
Billerica Family First Night
New Years Rockport Eve
Beverly’s New Year
Wenham Museum’s New Years Countdown
First Night Orange, MA
New Years’s Jam at Earthdance
First Night, Jr. at Holyoke
First Night Northampton, MA
Jiminy Peak New Years
First Night Chatham, MA
Martha’s Vineyard Fireworks
Bright Night Providence
First Night Portsmouth, NH
First Night Wolfeboro, NH
New Years at Santa’s Village
First Night Danbury, CT
First Night Hartford, CT
First Night Wesport, CT
Nudist resort New Years’
Bangor Downtown Countdown
L.L.Bean New Year’s Celebration
Belfast New Year’s By the Bay
First Night Old Orchard Beach
First Night Burlington, VT
First Night Montpelier, VT
First Night St. Johnsbury, VT
New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade (Sugarbush Resort)
New Year’s Eve at Okemo Mountain Resort
Mount Snow Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
First Day Fall River & Polar Plunge
Block Island Polar Plunge
New Years’ Day Polar Bear Plunge
Joey’s Plunge
New Years Day Kite Fly – Portland, ME
Wicked Frosty Four Race
First Day Hikes at Blue Hills
Breakheart-Fells Weekly Hikes
Penguin Plunge
Seawall Splash 2012
Hangover Classic (race and polar swim)
Boston Vegetarian Society New Years Dinner
Truth, Lies and Politics w/ Barney Frank
DCU Presents an Open Skate
Holiday Luncheon & Sled Rides!
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Christmas Revels – our review
Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream – live on stage & screen
Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin New Years Eve Show

And the Largest List of Nighttime Holiday Lights and Santa events in New England, tracking 130 ongoing attractions and dozens of one-shot events!