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Thursday, December 31
 

12:00pm

Boston Saxophone Quartet

The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians combining a tremendous range of repertoire and individual experience in wind performance. Members have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra.




Thursday December 31, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

12:00pm

12:00pm

12:30pm

OrigiNation

Hip Hop Explosion!

To help Boston ring in 2016, OrigiNation's professional youth dance companies will perform a high energy hip hop piece. These dancers are  all styles of dance including hip hop, African and contemporary and have toured in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, England and France. 

Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Copley Square Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

12:30pm

Chu Ling

Chu Ling Dance Academy will bring color and elegance to Boston's First Night with traditional and modern Chinese dance, serving its mission to showcase young Asian Americans positive energy and talents through dance.


Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

1:00pm

CopleySquared
CopleySquared is an inventive, participatory parade including music, puppets, volunteers from the audience, and will culminate with an interactive instant pageant directed by a narrator on stage.


Thursday December 31, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

Arts & Architecture Tours
Boston Public Library’s volunteer tour guides will continue the tradition of offering special 30-minute Art & Architecture Tours on First Night, departing every 15 minutes from 1:00pm to 4:15pm. Guests are asked to pick up a timed ticket from the welcome table in the McKim Building vestibule, through the library’s Dartmouth Street entrance. Tours will introduce visitors to some of the storied 19th-century building’s treasures, including murals by John Singer Sargent and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes.



Thursday December 31, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

1:45pm

2:00pm

Cardboard Explosion!

“Cardboard Explosion” brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With audience input, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. 




Thursday December 31, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

2:00pm

Meet the Puppets
See how puppeteers use breath, movement, and focus to bring a world of handcrafted characters to life. From Muppet-style mouth puppets to marionettes, you won’t want to miss this fun, interactive, hands-on exhibition!



Thursday December 31, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

2:00pm

Meet the King of Instruments Organ Demonstration
Experience the "Sensurround" magnificence of Old South Church's mighty 1921 Skinner orchestral pipe organ - affectionately dubbed the "Copley Philharmonic Organ" - played by renowned organist Harry Huff.


Thursday December 31, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Old South Church 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

2:05pm

Amanda McCarthy
Amanda McCarthy is an award winning, multi genre singer/songwriter from the greater Boston area. She has been named Limelight Magazine's Singer/Songwriter of the Year, made it into the finals on Community Auditions: Star of the Day, and has opened for acts like Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade), Hawthorne Heights and Alex Preston. 

Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 2:05pm - 2:30pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

2:30pm

Cardboard Explosion!
“Cardboard Explosion” brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With audience input, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes.



Thursday December 31, 2015 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

2:30pm

Meet the Puppets
See how puppeteers use breath, movement, and focus to bring a world of handcrafted characters to life. From Muppet-style mouth puppets to marionettes, you won’t want to miss this fun, interactive, hands-on exhibition!



Thursday December 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

2:30pm

2:35pm

2:50pm

3:00pm

Cardboard Explosion!
“Cardboard Explosion” brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With audience input, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. 



Thursday December 31, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

3:00pm

Meet the Puppets

! See how puppeteers use breath, movement, and focus to bring a world of handcrafted characters to life. From Muppet-style mouth puppets to marionettes, you won’t want to miss this fun, interactive, hands-on exhibition!




Thursday December 31, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

3:00pm

3:05pm

CopleySquared
CopleySquared is an inventive, participatory parade including music, puppets, volunteers from the audience, and will culminate with an interactive instant pageant directed by a narrator on stage.


Thursday December 31, 2015 3:05pm - 3:50pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

3:30pm

Cardboard Explosion!
“Cardboard Explosion” brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With audience input, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes.



Thursday December 31, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

3:30pm

Meet the Puppets
See how puppeteers use breath, movement, and focus to bring a world of handcrafted characters to life. From Muppet-style mouth puppets to marionettes, you won’t want to miss this fun, interactive, hands-on exhibition!



Thursday December 31, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

3:55pm

4:00pm

Cardboard Explosion!
“Cardboard Explosion” brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With audience input, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. 



Thursday December 31, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

4:00pm

Meet the Puppets

See how puppeteers use breath, movement, and focus to bring a world of handcrafted characters to life. From Muppet-style mouth puppets to marionettes, you won’t want to miss this fun, interactive, hands-on exhibition!




Thursday December 31, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Copley Place Mall-Cascade 100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

4:00pm

4:15pm

O’Shea Dance Academy
The O'shea Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance has been teaching modern and traditional Irish dancing to children and adults for over 60 years. The dancers have won regional, national, and international titles, and senior dancers have gone on to professional careers in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Copley Square Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

4:30pm

5:00pm

Joe Dias

When his younger sister passed away after a long battle with cancer, Joe began channeling his raw emotions into music. Overnight, fans started gathering, supporting the passion and heart put into this Boston artist's self-written songs and electrifying live performances.


Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Copley Square Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

5:00pm

5:30pm

Instant Pageant
CopleySquared is an inventive, participatory parade including music, puppets, volunteers from the audience, and will culminate with an interactive instant pageant directed by a narrator on stage.


Thursday December 31, 2015 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

6:00pm

People’s Procession to Boston Common
Join the giant puppets, marching bands, a sparkling dragon and more with your lanterns and light sticks as the People's Procession makes it way from Copley Square to Boston Common for 7:00pm fireworks!


Thursday December 31, 2015 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

6:00pm

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular
Join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a FREE figure skating ice show featuring soloists, Team Excel Synchronized Skating, and Theatre On Ice teams. Ring in the New Year with friends and family!


Thursday December 31, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Boston Common Boston Common, Tremont Street, Boston, MA

6:30pm

Pipes and Pops Concert
The best of Boston's brass and percussion artists join Harry Huff, an organist with imagination and verve, in a supersonic program, playing electrifying arrangements of popular classics, as well as leading the audience in singing stirring favorites.


Thursday December 31, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Old South Church 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

7:00pm

Family Fireworks
Enjoy an early fireworks display that will light up Boston's Theater District and still have time to make it home to let the young celebrators get to bed on time!



Thursday December 31, 2015 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Boston Common Boston Common, Tremont Street, Boston, MA

7:20pm

Paa Seck Diery Band
Paa Seck Diery was born into a griot family in Senegal, West Africa, and has carried his M’Balax musical talent to Cambridge, MA. He'll kick off First Night's evening concert with deep, danceable grooves, sending a positive message with his lyrics and good energy.



Thursday December 31, 2015 7:20pm - 8:20pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

8:00pm

Pipes and Pops Concert
The best of Boston's brass and percussion artists join Harry Huff, an organist with imagination and verve, in a supersonic program, playing electrifying arrangements of popular classics, as well as leading the audience in singing stirring favorites.


Thursday December 31, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Old South Church 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

8:25pm

Ripe
Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of our seven members' uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. From our Ripe family we ask you to get loose, get down, and get ready. The party is just getting started.

Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 8:25pm - 9:25pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

9:30pm

Christian O'Connor
Christian O'Connor is a singer/songwriter/guitarists whose music has been licensed for broadcasts by the NCAA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and commercial soundtracks.



Thursday December 31, 2015 9:30pm - 9:45pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

9:45pm

Restless Road
Talented. Charming. Unstoppable. America first became acquainted with the Country music trio Restless Road while watching Season 3 of The X Factor USA and these are just some of the words that immediately came to their minds.

Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 9:45pm - 10:00pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

10:00pm

Conundrum Nine

Conundrum Nine is a fourpiece hard rock 'n' roll band with prog, funk, metal, classic rock, boogie, blues, and jazz influences from Boston, MA. Since the band's inception they have released two full-length albums, played shows across the Boston area, and toured the East Coast on the Official Stand Up Tour.


Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 10:00pm - 10:25pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

10:30pm

The Weekend Riot

Beyond the charisma, energy, and carefully crafted haircuts, these friends are extremely accomplished musicians that plan to break the mold of a conventional pop act. Their words and music are theirs alone and nothing will hold them back from reaching the top.




Thursday December 31, 2015 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

11:00pm

The House on Cliff
The House On Cliff is a four piece, 70s inspired, high-energy rock band from Boston MA with a passion to bring rock and roll back to the masses.Whether it be your first rock experience or hundredth, no matter your age, they want you to know rock and roll is for everyone.



Thursday December 31, 2015 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

11:30pm

Countdown to Midnight: Ripe
Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of our seven members' uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. From our Ripe family we ask you to get loose, get down, and get ready. The party is just getting started. 

Artists


Thursday December 31, 2015 11:30pm - Friday January 1, 2016 1:00am
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

12:00am

Midnight Pyrotechnics Show
Enjoy an incredible pyrotechnics show that will ignite Copley Square on the roof of the Fairmont Copley Hotel as Boston-based headlining band, Ripe, counts us down to 2016!


Friday January 1, 2016 12:00am - 12:15am
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

12:00am

Midnight Fireworks
For a magical fireworks display, head to Boston Harbor for a show that will brighten Boston's skyline.


Friday January 1, 2016 12:00am - 12:15am
Boston Harbor Boston Inner Harbor, Boston, MA 02128
 
Friday, January 1
 

11:00am

Aurora Borealis Dance Academy

Aurora Borealis is thrilled to dance their way into the new year at Copley Square and inspire the entire community with their passionate and artistic performance. Specializing in contemporary and improvisational dance forms, ABDC provides ample opportunities for growth, performance, and inspiring experiences. 


Artists


Friday January 1, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

11:30am

Bradley Bartlett-Roche
Thirteen-year-old solo pianist, tenor saxophonist, vocalist, and composer from Massachusetts, Bradley was voted Boston's top Instrumentalist by Young Performer's Club and 2015 Grand Prize Winner at the New England Talent Agency Showcase in Music and Acting. He will be performing classic rock covers and originals on January 1, 2016 at Copley Square in Boston at 11:30am.



Friday January 1, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

12:00pm

Jalen Rance
A native Boston singer/songwriter, Jalen Rance is a 2015 Academic Music Award winner.

Artists


Friday January 1, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Copley Square Stage Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

12:00pm

12:30pm

Devon
A junior at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Devon has managed to license her music into sports television programming on FOX Sports, and has juggled an international touring schedule with her Dean's List performance at Penn.

Artists


1:00pm

Christian O'Connor
Christian O'Connor is a singer/songwriter/guitarist whose music has been licensed for broadcasts by the NCAA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and commercial soundtracks. 



Friday January 1, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:30pm

Restless Road
Talented. Charming. Unstoppable. America first became acquainted with the Country music trio Restless Road while watching Season 3 of The X Factor USA and these are just some of the words that immediately came to their minds.

Artists


Friday January 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

2:00pm

Alex Preston
Alex Preston is a 22 year old singer songwriter who was second runner-up on the 13th season of American Idol in 2014. His taalent has allowed him to work with artists such as Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Fall Out Boy, Of Monsters and Men and many more.

Artists


Friday January 1, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

2:40pm

Phunk Phenomenon
Phunk Phenomenon is a crew of professional dancers from the Boston Area. whose mission is to Educate and Entertain todays youth through a  style called EDUTAINMENT. They blend all styles of Urban Dance and started a HIP-HOP for HOPE Campaign to help Raise awareness for the life threatening disease Sanfilippo Syndrome that has no treatment or cure.



Friday January 1, 2016 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Copley Square Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, United States

3:00pm

4:00pm