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New Year's Needham, MA at Boston Events INSIDER Johnny's Summary
This one's the closest real 'first night' to Boston. They have a trolley so you can get around without driving. 10am-12:30am. No fireworks, but there's a laser light show at the town hall, 6-10pm. . Needham, MA . Contact Johnny Monsarrat for your own website project.
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NEW YEAR'S NEEDHAM 2012 IS COMING!

This year we have events taking place at the newly renovated Powers Hall in the Town Hall building. This will include nationally known comedian Jim Colliton who will focus on the crazy details of life in the suburbs, Melodius Funk jazz band and Charles River Ballet! Also new this year is the New Year's Dance Party with 7-piece band HIPSOCKET at the Needham VFW from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


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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

New Years Eve

Mayor's New Year Open House at Boston Events INSIDER Mayor's New Year Open House
Sat 12/31
This is the closest alternative to Boston's First Night that's on public transit. 11:30am professional performance at the ice r... 617 527 8283.City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA. more
First Night Tours at Otis House at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Tours at Otis House
Sat 12/31
While at First Night, visit this historic 1796 mansion right in downtown Boston, 11am-9pm. Even if you are going to a party (this is ac... 617-227-3956.141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA. more
Spirit of Boston New Year's Cruise at Boston Events INSIDER Spirit of Boston New Year's Cruise
Sat 12/31
Here's a creative idea: seeing the fireworks from a ship! Call for reservations. 617-748-1450.Commonwealth Pier, Boston, MA. more
Happy Noon Year at Boston Events INSIDER Happy Noon Year
Sat 12/31
This undescribed event is just for kids, but will most likely be fun. 12pm. Boston, MA. more
New Year's Eve Harbor Cruise with a Ranger at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Eve Harbor Cruise with a Ranger
Sat 12/31
Here's another kid-friendly (but also for adults) afternoony activity for New Years Eve. Cruise with a park ranger for 90 minutes! 1-3pm. 617-770-0040.Boston, MA. more
New Years Eve with The Donkey Show at Boston Events INSIDER New Years Eve with The Donkey Show
Sat 12/31
Everyone loves the Donkey Show, where they take Shakespeare and mix it with a disco performance and a dance party you can take part in! Wha... Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge, MA. more
Boston's Resolution Ball at Boston Events INSIDER Boston's Resolution Ball
Sat 12/31
If you have to go to a standard New Years party, this one's the biggest and best. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA. more
New Years Eve at Nashoba Ski at Boston Events INSIDER New Years Eve at Nashoba Ski
Sat 12/31
Beat this, bars that don't do anything special for New Years! Skiing, riding, tubing until 11:30pm and then a parade and fireworks! Let's hope... 978-692-5700.79 Powers Road, Westford, MA. more
Bessie's New Year's Eve PJ Dance Party at Boston Events INSIDER Bessie's New Year's Eve PJ Dance Party
Sat 12/31
Have kids? Attend the Discovery Museum and dance around in your pajamas. Hee hee hee. 10am. Is it really at 10am?? Acton, MA. more
New Years' Eve Contra Dances at Boston Events INSIDER New Years' Eve Contra Dances
Sat 12/31
Folk dances are a great alternative to nightclubs. People don't dress like skanks, it's well lit, and the social dances are constru... 617-547-7781.Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MA. more
New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk
Sat 12/31
This is so great! This church has both indoor and outdoor labyrinth and you can come do a 30-minute walk and reflect on life. I called and they swear... 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA. more
New Year's Eve at the Irish Cultural Center of New England at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Eve at the Irish Cultural Center of New England
Sat 12/31
This looks like a nightclubby experience but the Irish Cultural Centre generally has good entertainment. 7pm-1am. 200 New Boston Dr, Canton, MA. more
New Year's Needham, MA at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Needham, MA
Sat 12/31
This one's the closest real 'first night' to Boston. They have a trolley so you can get around without driving. 10am-12:30am. No fireworks, but there's a laser light show at the ... Needham, MA. more
City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve, New Bedford, MA at Boston Events INSIDER City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve, New Bedford, MA
Sat 12/31
A national park in New Bedford will have arts, a parade, and fireworks, from 4-8pm. Although it says 2011, this really is their "New Ye... 508-996-8253.New Bedford, MA. more
First Night Worcester, MA at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Worcester, MA
Sat 12/31
I've discovered another 30 cities in New England that hold First Nights, too! Why not get a hotel room and visit another city? This one has shuttles so you don't have to dri... Worcester, MA. more
New Year's Eve at Wachusett Mountain at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Eve at Wachusett Mountain
Sat 12/31
Most ski resorts are having a New Years celebration. The best ones like Wachusett Mountain have fireworks and let you ski at night until midni... Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA. more
Billerica Family First Night at Boston Events INSIDER Billerica Family First Night
Sat 12/31
In Billerica they'll have "music and entertainment" in front of city hall, but no town-wide performances. Last year they had ice sculptures and a parade. 4-8pm. Billerica, MA. more
New Years Rockport Eve at Boston Events INSIDER New Years Rockport Eve
Sat 12/31
There will also be short 45-minute performances at 15 venues in the downtown area of Rockport. 6pm-midnight. They refuse to call it 2012 for some reason.... Rockport Downtown area, Rockport, MA. more
Beverly’s New Year at Boston Events INSIDER Beverly’s New Year
Sat 12/31
This one ends early, it runs 3-8pm. There's a parade but there don't seem to be fireworks. 978-922-8558.Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. more
Wenham Museum's New Years Countdown at Boston Events INSIDER Wenham Museum's New Years Countdown
Sat 12/31
Although it's meant for kids, you could do worse than see a magic show and sing silly songs, all at a convenient 10am-1pm. That's AM as in "morning". :).... 132 Main St, Wenham, MA. more
First Night Orange, MA at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Orange, MA
Sat 12/31
Orange has fireworks! And hayrides, and a parade with giant puppets! But no oranges. 6-11pm. 978-544-2821.Orange, MA. more
New Years's Jam at Earthdance at Boston Events INSIDER New Years's Jam at Earthdance
Tue 12/27 - Sat 1/1
They claim this all-weekend dance festival sells out, so buy early. It's an off-beat way to spend New Years. 413-634-5678.Plainfield, MA. more
First Night, Jr. at Holyoke at Boston Events INSIDER First Night, Jr. at Holyoke
Sat 12/31
This one's also for kids, with a carousel, a magician, ice sculptures, juggler, and balloon an... 413-534-1723 or 413-530-0893.Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. more
First Night Northampton, MA at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Northampton, MA
Sat 12/31
Further away but trying hard is First Night Northampton, with 23 venues of performances. 11:59pm-12pm, with fireworks at 6:15pm. Northampton, MA. more
Jiminy Peak New Years at Boston Events INSIDER Jiminy Peak New Years
Sat 12/31
A parade and fireworks are fine excuses to go skiing for New Years Eve! Jiminy Peak, Hancock, MA. more
First Night Chatham, MA at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Chatham, MA
Fri 12/30 - Sat 12/31
This is the only First Night celebration on Cape Cod. They have 70 performers and an afternoon as well as an evening schedule. 12pm-11:59pm. Then fireworks at midnig... Chatham, MA. more
Martha's Vineyard Fireworks at Boston Events INSIDER Martha's Vineyard Fireworks
Sat 12/31
Although these fireworks are meant for residents of the Harbor View Hotel and Resort, if you're in town, it's free to see them. I called to confirm this... Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, MA. more
Bright Night Providence at Boston Events INSIDER Bright Night Providence
Sat 12/31
Providence has a First Night experience, 12pm-11:59pm, with 17 venues, and world-famous magician as the headliner! No fireworks, though, the state won't allow it (boo). Providence, RI. more
Cranapalooza at Boston Events INSIDER Cranapalooza
Sat 12/31
Every Saturday through mid-March this ski resort will have events and fireworks. They have a Fun Zone indoor amusement park, too. And snow tubing. Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, NH. more
First Night Portsmouth, NH at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Portsmouth, NH
Sat 12/31
I couldn't find anything in Concord, the capitol of New Hampshire, but they're having a First Night celebration in Portsmouth. 1pm-11:59pm. Portsmouth, NH. more
First Night Wolfeboro, NH at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Wolfeboro, NH
Sat 12/31
This is the only other one in NH that I found. 603-569-2200.Wolfeboro, NH. more
New Years at Santa's Village at Boston Events INSIDER New Years at Santa's Village
Sat 12/31
Santa's Village is an amusement park, featuring a DJ and fireworks at 8pm. 4-9pm. Jefferson, NH. more
First Night Danbury, CT at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Danbury, CT
Sat 12/31
First Nights continue. This one's in Danbury, a series of performances at multiple venues. Danbury, CT. more
First Night Hartford, CT at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Hartford, CT
Sat 12/31
This one's got a carousel, 16 venues of performances, and two fireworks displays -- at 6pm and midnight. Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT. more
First Night Wesport, CT at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Wesport, CT
Sat 12/31
A "First Night" is a series of performances around town. Here are more, in Westport CT and Weston, CT. Westport, CT. more
Frostival at Boston Events INSIDER Frostival
Sat 12/31
This one's got vendors, kids activities, and fireworks. 5-8pm. Danielson, CT. more
Nudist resort New Years' at Boston Events INSIDER Nudist resort New Years'
Sat 12/31
Or, perhaps you'd like to try a party at a nudist resort. Woodstock, CT. more
Bangor Downtown Countdown at Boston Events INSIDER Bangor Downtown Countdown
Sat 12/31
With live music, dancing, and street performers, this presumably outdoor celebration seems fun. 5pm-11:59pm. Bangor, ME. more
L.L.Bean New Year's Celebration
Sat 12/31
L.L. Bean brings it with live music and fireworks, but this event seems kids oriented. Freeport, ME. more
Belfast New Year's By the Bay at Boston Events INSIDER Belfast New Year's By the Bay
Sat 12/31
This one's got 12 venues withi performances. 12-11:59pm. Belfast, ME. more
First Night Old Orchard Beach at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Old Orchard Beach
Sat 12/31
Ooo! A bonfire with marshmallow toasting, cocoa, starts at 4:30pm with fireworks at 5:30pm. Old Orchard Beach, ME. more
First Night Burlington, VT at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Burlington, VT
Sat 12/31
Vermont is getting in on the game as well. Theirs looks especially well organized, with 15 arts venues, 12-11:59pm. Are there fireworks again this year? Burlington, VT. more
First Night Montpelier, VT at Boston Events INSIDER First Night Montpelier, VT
Sat 12/31
Burlington is not actually the capitol of Vermont. It's Montpelier, the "smallest capitol in the nation", which is doing it too, with 17 venues. 12-10:30pm. Parade and dis... Montpelier, VT. more
First Night St. Johnsbury, VT at Boston Events INSIDER First Night St. Johnsbury, VT
Sat 12/31
St. Johnsbury, VT is about as far north as Montpelier. Maybe you could visit and go skiing, too. They'll have 50 performances, fireworks, and "dancing sky lanterns".... St. Johnsbury, VT. more
New Year's Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade (Sugarbush Resort) at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade (Sugarbush Resort)
Sat 12/31
Oo! There's a dog parade, live music, a parade of torchlights, and fireworks. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, VT. more
New Year's Eve at Okemo Mountain Resort at Boston Events INSIDER New Year's Eve at Okemo Mountain Resort
Sat 12/31
Free skate rentals, marshmallow roasting, showshoeing, fireworks. Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, VT. more
Mount Snow Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Boston Events INSIDER Mount Snow Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Sat 12/31
New Years Eve comes early to this ski attraction in Vermont. West Dover, VT. more

New Years Day

First Day Fall River & Polar Plunge at Boston Events INSIDER First Day Fall River & Polar Plunge
Sat 1/1 - Sun 1/2
Instead of trying to compete, Fall River is having their celebration on New Year's DAY. First, at 10am, a P... 508-324-2600 or 508-676-0324.Kennedy Park, Fall River, MA. more
Block Island Polar Plunge at Boston Events INSIDER Block Island Polar Plunge
Sat 1/1
Crazy people dive into cold water for charity. 12pm. Town Beach, Block Island, RI. more
New Years' Day Polar Bear Plunge at Boston Events INSIDER New Years' Day Polar Bear Plunge
Sat 1/1
Also in Rhode Island… more cold water for charity. Yikes! Can't I just donate without diving? 401-846-0028.Easton's Beach, Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI. more
Joey's Plunge at Boston Events INSIDER Joey's Plunge
Sat 1/1
Here's another one in Boston, this time to benefit kids with terminal illness. Crazy people jump into the water. Wow. 1663 Columbia Road, Boston, MA. more
Seafarers at Boston Events INSIDER Seafarers
Sat 1/1
Let's go for a cruise! 12-4pm. Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA. more
New Years Day Kite Fly - Portland, ME at Boston Events INSIDER New Years Day Kite Fly - Portland, ME
Sat 1/1
I've been to a kite fly. You'll meet a lot of big hobbyists to show you how to fly properly, and you can get a two-stringed "stunt kite"! 12pm. Portland, ME. more
Wicked Frosty Four Race at Boston Events INSIDER Wicked Frosty Four Race
Sat 1/1
There are also a bunch of New Years Day races. Here is one, a great excuse to check out Salem's many attractions. Starts at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA. more
First Day Hikes at Blue Hills at Boston Events INSIDER First Day Hikes at Blue Hills
Sat 1/1
But I'd rather go for a guided hike than a race. They're all free, all over the state. The Blue Hills is the tallest 'mountain' near Boston. Various state parks, All Over. more
Breakheart-Fells Weekly Hikes at Boston Events INSIDER Breakheart-Fells Weekly Hikes
Sat 1/1
Going for a hike is a fantastic New Years Day activity, and it's followed by clam chowder. Mmm. 12pm. Breakheart Reservation Visitors Center, 177 Forest St, Saugus, MA. more
Penguin Plunge at Boston Events INSIDER Penguin Plunge
Sat 1/1
I used to think for this one they pushed special needs kids into cold water. "Hey Jimmy, let's go for a dip!" But it turns out it's others who jump to raise money to help ... Mackeral Cove, Jamestown, RI. more
Seawall Splash 2012 at Boston Events INSIDER Seawall Splash 2012
Sat 1/1
And here's another. Registration is free, they say. Greeaaaaat... It's free to dive into icy water.... 10am check-in, 12pm splash. Warwick, RI. more
Hangover Classic (race and polar swim) at Boston Events INSIDER Hangover Classic (race and polar swim)
Sat 1/1
This one's near Newburyport, MA on the North Shore. Sure, let's both race AND swim in the cold. A doubly-bad idea. 11:30am. Salisbury Beach, 3 Broadway Street, Salisbury, MA. more
Boston Vegetarian Society New Years Dinner at Boston Events INSIDER Boston Vegetarian Society New Years Dinner
Sat 1/1
Are vegetarians insane? Not any more so than people who dive into icy water for charity. Maybe it's the future!... 617-254-8883.Grasshopper, 1 North Beacon Street, Allston, MA. more

Also Fun

Truth, Lies and Politics w/ Barney Frank at Boston Events INSIDER Truth, Lies and Politics w/ Barney Frank
Mon 1/3
That lecture with congressman Barney Frank, who is retiring, has been rescheduled to Jan 3. He's a liberal icon and well wor... Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St, Newton, MA. more
DCU Presents an Open Skate at Boston Events INSIDER DCU Presents an Open Skate
Thu 12/29
Do you live in Worcester? There's free skating at the DCU! 11am-6pm. Worcester, MA. more
Holiday Luncheon & Sled Rides! at Boston Events INSIDER Holiday Luncheon & Sled Rides!
Tue 12/27 - Thu 12/29
Someday I've got to visit this museum, which continually holds interesting events. This one has a bonfore, snowshoe ... 603-323-7591.58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, NH. more

Performance

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Boston Events INSIDER The Merry Wives of Windsor
Wed 12/7 - Sat 1/1
If you're a little hesitant to see Shakespeare, this comedy will be very accessible, with physical gags, sharp wit, and the spir... Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA. more
The Christmas Revels - our review at Boston Events INSIDER The Christmas Revels - our review
Mon 12/12 - Sat 12/31
Revels puts on a fantastic annual performance, with comedy, carols, and and this year find the Lord of the Dance. Click for our review! Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA. more
Jimmy Tingle's American Dream - live on stage & screen
Sat 12/31
Comedian Jimmy Tingle will do a live show, take questions, and screen his new satirical movie on politics. What an inventive... Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA. more
Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin New Years Eve Show at Boston Events INSIDER Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin New Years Eve Show
Sat 12/31
I'm too young to care about Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, but it's sure a creative way to spend New Years Eve. 6-8pm. 377 North Main St, Mansfield MA. more