First Night Boston returns to Copley Square and Boston Common from Friday, December 30, 2022 – Sunday,
January 1, 2023 with live music, artistic performances, ice sculptures, and fireworks. The music and
programming will begin on Friday, December 30, in Copley Square from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and continue again
on Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. – Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 12:30 a.m. and Sunday, January
1, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. On December 31, The “First Night Boston Parade” will run down Boylston
Street from Copley Square to Boston Common at 6:00 p.m. and family fireworks presented by the Mugar
Foundation will take place at 7:00 p.m. above Boston Common.
On the 31st, performances will also occur within the Boston Public Library, and several of the area’s churches
will host indoor concerts. As we build up for the new year, music will continue with a “Copley Countdown”
through the evening in Copley Square, with illuminated ice sculptures, music, and a laser show. A pyrotechnics
show will begin at midnight from the roof of the Fairmont Copley Hotel. New for this year, the main stage will
move from in front of Trinity Church to in front of Boston Public Library.
Parking restrictions will be in place on the streets surrounding Copley Square on December 31, and Dartmouth
Street between St. James and Boylston will be closed for extended periods of time on December 30, 31, and
The event schedule and event details are listed below, and will be available online at www.firstnightboston.org.
As someone with whom we share Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods, we wanted to send this
letter and these details to you so that you can plan accordingly.
We thank you for your flexibility and invite you to join us for First Night Boston 2023. Please see the below
information for full event details.
EVENT: First Night Boston 2023
DATE: Friday, December 30, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 1, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Copley Square and Boston Common
SCHEDULE: Friday, December 30
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Music from Copley Square
Saturday, December 31
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Performances within Boston Public Library
and Copley Place Mall
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Music and Ice Sculptures from Copley Square
6:00 p.m. Figure Skating at Boston Common
6:00 p.m. First Night Boston Parade
7:00 p.m. Fireworks Over Boston Common
7:30 p.m. First Night Light and Ice Party
11:50 p.m. Copley Countdown and Pyrotechnics
Indoor performances will also be held at Old South Church, Trinity Church, the
First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Copley Place Mall.
Sunday, January 1
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Music from Copley Square
PUBLIC SAFETY: First Night Boston will adhere to all current city and state safety precautions as
it relates to COVID-19. If city and state recommendations are adjusted as the
New Year draws closer, First Night Boston will similarly adjust its guidelines to
comply with those set by governing bodies. Mask wearing will be encouraged at
outdoor events for those who are unvaccinated. Public safety guidance will be
shared with the public as it is announced and will be determined in partnership
with Boston public safety agencies.
ROAD CLOSURES: For the Event Duration:
Friday, December 30th – Sunday, January 1st:
Dartmouth Street – Boylston Street to Saint James Street
12/30 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12/31 6:00 a.m. to 1/1 at 2:00 a.m.
1/1 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For the Parade:
Saturday, December 31st @ 5pm
Boylston Street – Ring Road to Charles Street from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dartmouth Street – St. James Ave to Newbury Street from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Clarendon Street – St. James Ave to Newbury Street from 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley Street – St. James Ave to Newbury Street from 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Arlington Street – St. James Ave to Newbury Street from 6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
Charles Street – Boylston Street to Beacon Street from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28th @ 6:00 a.m.
Boylston Street: Between Dartmouth and Clarendon Street from 6:00
a.m. through 2:00 a.m. Sunday, January 1st (Copley Square side only.)
Saturday, December 31st @ 6:00 a.m.
Blagden Street: Between Exeter and Dartmouth Street from 6:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 1st. (Northside (Westbound) of the street.
Saturday, December 31st @ 6:00 a.m.
Trinity Place: Between St. James and Stuart Street from 6:00 a.m. to
2:00 a.m. Sunday, January 1st (West side (Southbound) of the street.)
Saturday, December 31st @ 3:00 p.m. (Only)
Boylston Street: Between Ring Road and Arlington Street from 3:00
p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Both sides of the street.)
Saturday, December 31st @ 6:00 p.m. (Only)
Beacon Street between Charles and Arlington Street from 6:00 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. (South side of the street.)
PERFORMANCES: An array of local and out-of-town performances will take to multiple
venues across Boston’s Back Bay, and will be a sparking reflection of
the communities they represent. From classical to country, hip-hop to
acoustic, organ concerts and figure skating routines, the best of Boston
will be on display.
UPDATES: The public are encouraged to follow First Night Boston on social media for the
latest event updates. First Night Boston can be found in the following locations:
Twitter: @firstnight / https://twitter.com/FirstNight
Instagram: @firstnightboston / https://www.instagram.com/firstnightboston/
Facebook: @firstnightboston / https://www.facebook.com/FirstNightBoston/
As directors of the event, we will do our best to limit any inconveniences felt by the residents of the Back Bay
and Beacon Hill due to this celebration. For more general information about the event, please visit
https://www.firstnightboston.org/ . If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-204-4221.