First Night Boston: A Memorable Way to Start 2012

On New Year’s Eve, the 36th annual First Night celebration lured more than one million Bostonians into the city. Grandparents, parents, and kids of all ages came out to enjoy the city’s biggest arts festival. For just $18 attendees received a button, which granted them access to over one thousand showcased artists in 200 exhibitions and performances scattered around the metropolitan area. The unusually warm weather meant bigger crowds for outdoor displays. Temperatures reaching the mid- 40’s made it easier to navigate around the city from exhibition to concert halls.

A quick scan of the twittersphere turned up the following photos from folks having a wonderful First Night experience:

"Horse drawn carriage heading the parade" by @thejjmg near the Boston Public Garden
2012 First Night Parade Image
Unicyclists shown up at the First Night Parade, photo taken by @thejjmg
2012 First Night Boston, Boston Common
Here is a quick snapshot of the 2012 First Night Boston:
  • Started at 10 AM, some venues like Boston Children Museum welcomed the crowds early
  • Four traditional ice sculptures seen around the Boston Common
  • Performance appearances at Symphony Hall by gospel singer Mavis Staples.
  • At 5:30 PM. Mayor Menino led a procession traveling from Hynes Convention Center through Boylston Street, passing the Boston Common, down to Charles and Beacon streets.
  • After 8 PM, the MBTA was free to ensure safe and fun experience.
  • The night ended with a spectacular midnight firework show over by Boston Harbor.

If you intend on participating in First Night Boston next year, make the plan to come early, especially if you have little ones. Latecomers had to endure standing on long lines for some of the most popular events.

For more information and news about the celebration, visit the website and sign up for the mailing to receive news on the 2013 First Night.

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