Local ways to celebrate New Years Eve virtually or in person

Central MA New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

How is your family bringing in the new year? Things are much different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a safe celebration.  Here’s what we found for you.

In Person

Pajama Countdown at Discovery Museum in Acton
Put on your finest pajamas and join us in the da Vinci Workshop where we will be making noisemakers to shake, rattle, and roll us into the New Year. Toward the end of your visit, enjoy a socially-distanced New Year’s countdown and celebratory “hooray!” as we say goodbye to the year 2020! Due to Covid, tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

Deck the Halls at Worcester Art Museum
WAM gets merry and bright for the holidays with new, artful decorations inspired by the Museum’s collection and by Worcester’s past and present–including a Worcester Heroes tree with ornaments made by the TEC Schools and Head Start. The trees are designed and decorated by Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist Inc. What a festive way to bring in 2021! Admission is through timed ticket admission only. Kids 17 and under are free right now!


EcoTarium Noon Year’s Eve 
This year Noon Year’s Eve is going virtual! Join us on Facebook or Instagram on Thursday, December 31 at 11:55 am to get ready for the Noon Year’s Eve countdown at 12:00 noon! There are lots of ways you can get involved from home.

Noon Year’s Eve Party with Thayer Memorial Library
Staying up until midnight can be a challenge, so send 2020 off early! Pick up a party pack from the library and log onto Zoom for stories, a dance party, and a virtual countdown to welcome in 2021. The party begins at 11:30am.
This event is best enjoyed by patrons ages 0-8. Party packs are limited and will be available for pickup starting Saturday, December 26. Registration is required

Noon Year’s Eve party with Conant Public Library
Children ages 2 and up, and their caregivers, are invited to join Conant Public Library in celebrating the new year! We will be hosting a Noon Year’s Eve Countdown Party featuring stories, songs, games, and dancing on Thursday, December 31st at 11:30 am via Zoom. Participants will need to pick up a party pack during curbside pickup on one of the following dates: 12/28, 12/29, or 12/30. Registration is required – please call to register.

Virtual First Night 2021 in Boston
Due to the pandemic, first night Boston will be entirely virtual this year. You can tune in to their online stream at https://www.firstnightboston.org/ and check out the schedule of events including musical performances, a parade, dances, ice skating shows and more.

Ongoing Lights Displays

These holiday light displays will continue through the season and would be a wonderful way to bring in the New Year!

Worcester Festival of Lights  (Through February)

Magic of Lights at Gillette Stadium (Extended to January 9th)

Southwick’s Zoo Winter Wonderland Drive Thru (Closed Monday/Tuesday. Runs through 12/30)


Visit the WCKC Calendar for more local events! For more staying in ideas, check out our blog for suggestions.


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