Things to do
Ring in 2022 with music, fireworks, comedy shows and more
Come Friday night, we will ring in the New Year and open a new chapter in 2022. Celebrate the occasion with live music, ice skating, museum exhibits, fireworks and entertainment. We’ve put together a list of events and activities that take place throughout the long weekend.
We wish everyone a Happy New Year 2022.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
2022 First night in Boston
Friday December 31
Since 1975, Boston’s First Night Celebration was the most popular way to end the current year and start the next in Boston. In previous years, the Free for Families program has attracted over 200,000 people. Most of the action takes place in and around Copley Square. Live musical performances on the main stage in Copley Square begin Friday at noon with vocalist group Sweet Harmony and the Boston Saxophone Quartet. Other bands performing include Paco’s Band, a local Americana band, and American Idol runner-up Ayla Brown (daughter of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown). And the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square will host free family activities and comedies throughout the day.
The annual procession from Copley Square to Boston Common begins at 5:50 p.m. and will feature giant puppets, motor vehicles and dancers. Be sure to stay in the town after the parade for a 7pm fireworks display.
At 10:30 p.m., Copley Square will kick off the official countdown to 2022, with live music from this year’s headliner, Sons of Levin. Midnight brings a fireworks display and light, and fireworks over Boston Harbor. The best viewing sites are at Christopher Columbus waterfront park, Fan Pier, and Pier park.
Boston First Night is free to the public. Find the full schedule here.
Gryffin at Big Night Live
the 31st of December
Step into the New Year with a lively dance-pop performance by songwriter and DJ Gryffin, who is quickly becoming a popular name in the dance / electronics industry and has previously collaborated with major artists, including the author -composer-performer Daya. Her music is bright and immersive, perfect for getting lost in its sound and dancing the night away. Big Night Live is a spacious concert hall with plenty of floor space for you and your friends to groove to the music.
Gryffin will perform at 9 p.m. at Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St., Boston. Buy your tickets on Ticketmaster.
Surrounded by trees lit with Christmas lights, Boston Common Frog Pond is one of Boston’s most scenic places to skate outdoors, and was even voted Outdoor Rink of the Year by USA today in 2018. It offers storage lockers, lessons, skate sharpening and rentals (visitors can bring their own skates too). This year, the usual Frog Pond rink is under maintenance, so a temporary rink has been installed nearby. The ice cream will always be as good and the atmosphere as lively as ever. Be sure to check out the Coffee for hot chocolate and other delicacies.
The Boston Common Frog Pond Ice Rink is open to public skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday throughout the holiday season. Those under 58 inches are admitted free, the larger ones pay $ 6. Skate rental is $ 12 for adults, $ 6 for children. Lockers cost $ 5, and skate sharpening costs $ 10 a pair. Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing.
The Skate @ Canal District Kendall outdoor rink is open from mid-December to mid-March, weather permitting, so check their Facebook page for updates. The rink offers skating lessons for beginners, skate rentals, skate sharpening and a café. Find here the complete list of prices and services.
Skating @ Canal District Kendall is at 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge. Admission is $ 5 for adults, $ 3 for students with ID and seniors, and $ 1 for children 13 and under. Skate rental is $ 8 for adults and $ 5 for children 13 and under.
The Polar Express 4-D experience at the Science Museum
December 30 and 31
the Science Museum bring the holiday classic The Polar Express to life in 4-D multisensory effects. Based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, the short tells the story of a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. An entrance ticket to the exhibition halls and a timed ticket are required, so check the website for available times.
The Museum of Science, One Science Park, Boston, is open daily 9 am-5pm; admission is $ 29 for adults, $ 24 for children 3 to 11, and $ 23 for seniors. Entry is free for members. 4-D theater tickets cost an additional $ 6 for non-members and $ 5 for members. Show hours vary per day; see the daily schedule and buy tickets here.
Black stories, black futures at the museum of fine arts
December 30 and 31 January 2
The annual exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts, Stories of blacks, future blacks, ends in January 2022. Organized by young academics as part of MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, the exhibition highlights the works of 20th century artists of color and creates space for the moving exploration and celebration of black history, experiences and representations of oneself. The teens organized the exhibit into four thematic sections: “Ubuntu: I Am Because You Are” features images of community life and leisure activities; “Welcome to the City” focuses on paintings of urban scenes in both figurative and abstract styles; and ‘Normality Facing Adversity’ and ‘Smile in the Dark’ both consider the radicalism of simply being yourself, using photographs and works on paper depicting intimate moments of everyday life.
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free general admission is still available for students who present their Terrier ID. the Black stories, black futures The exhibition is at the museum until January 17 and is free with admission to the museum.
Theater and comedy shows
December 30 to January 2
Save the trip to Broadway and experience the Boston play teen cock, a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare Richard III taking place in an American high school. Actor Gregg Mozgala (CFA’00) stars as Richard, a teenager bullied at school with cerebral palsy and determined to get the popular girl to invite him to a ball and get revenge on his enemies by becoming class president. The show is directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (CFA’00). The critically acclaimed play received rave reviews from the New York Times, who called it “exhilarating” and “beautifully staged”. Read a Bostonia story about the show here.
The Huntington Theater Company’s production of Teenage Dick is at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston, until January 2. Tickets start at $ 25 and can be purchased in line, at the Calderwood Pavilion box office or by calling 617-266-0800. Find the program of performances here. Note: All guests must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the theater, and masks are required. Customers can purchase tickets for a digital production of the part, which will be available from the end of December until January 16, 2022.
Comedy at Back Bay Social
Want to laugh this weekend? Discover some of the most talented emerging comedians in a warm atmosphere at Back Bay Social. The comedy show will feature artists who have made headlines on Netflix, Comedy Central and HBO, and will include a wide selection of cocktails and bistro fare to enjoy while you watch. Their rotating cast of artists always delivers excellent performances, making it one of the most popular comedy shows in town.
The comedy at Back Bay Social, 867 Boylston St., Boston, is Thursday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. There are 21 shows and tickets can be purchased here.
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