5 Ways to Spend New Year’s Day in Boston

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Whether you’re a Boston local or just visiting for the holiday season, New Year’s Day plans are a crucial way to kick off 2020 on the right foot. Make the first of the year memorable with one of these options.


L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim

Boston makes all sports look cool, and swimming is certainly included. One of our city’s oldest traditions is a New Year’s plunge that makes for a truly remarkable experience. Over in South Boston, join the L Street Brownies for the oldest New Year’s Swim. Roll up at 11:00am, but prepare to plunge at 12pm sharp. Come ready for ice cold water, whether that be in New Year’s Day costumes or just your undies. We’ll let you make that judgment call yourself. More info here.


100 First Jokes Improv Boston

One way to kick off 2020 is with plenty of laughs. And we’re not just talking about chuckling at what happened on New Year’s Eve. ImprovBoston is hosting 100 First Jokes with an uninterrupted hour-long show of “never told before” (read: new) jokes. Ring in the decade by laughing your tail off with this stand up comedy marathon. 


New Year’s Day Run & Brunch

Taking place at the Under Armour Brand House is a New Year’s Day Run & Brunch. The fun starts at 10am with a jog around the Charles River followed up by waffles at the breakfast table. Whether your pace is at beginner level or you’re aiming for a new PR, this New Years’ Day Run is a great way to ring in the new year with a challenge. 


New Year’s Day Brunch Cruise

Step abroad the Northern Lights for a 2-hour cruise around the harbor. Start off with a cup of hot cocoa before you dine on a three-course brunch. See historic sites along the harbor like Castle Island, Spectacle Island, Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church and Boston’s incredible skyline. And in case you’re wondering, yes (!) the boat is climate controlled. Phew! Grab a ticket here


The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Rather stay inside? We get it. Hop over to the Museum of Science for a 4-D viewing of The Polar Express. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. The museum will be open for regular hours from 9AM to 5PM, so make a full day out of it!