Our guide to starting 2013 off right

Honey Boo Boo, 1; Mayans 0. Despite the fears, predictions, and doomlust that hung over us for most of 2012, the world as we know it continues, and we have a 2013 full of tomorrows to look forward to. Thus, we should party. Inside this handy guide to New Year’s Eve, you can find our picks for the best goings-on around town — both in and out of the First Night umbrella. And since it’s hard to know where we’re going in these uncertain times, we’ve even included a map. From all of us here at the Globe, apocalypse-shmapocalypse, and Happy New Year!

The Big Story: First Night Boston preparations under way

First Night Boston preparations under way.

Navigating First Night

There are First Night activities throughout the day, beginning in the morning and lasting through the evening. Here’s where to find them.

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First Night festivities began at 1 p.m. and culminate with fireworks at midnight over Boston Harbor.

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Preparations for the 37th annual First Night Boston began Wednesday, the first of many days of work for the 12-hour festival on New Year’s Eve.

Sterling Jackson, bartender at the Avery Bar at the Ritz Carlton, is ready with the champagne for New Year’s.

Toast the new year with a glass of bubbly

New Year’s Eve is sometimes derided as amateur night, an occasion for the bridge-and-tunnel crowd to indulge in overpriced caviar and bubbly.

By the Glass

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/26glass1.jpg A bevy of bubbles to toast the new year

Five sparkling wines to ring in the the new year and make party guests feel instantly welcome, all under $25.

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Advice on how to punch up your party.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/suarez_26partypix_G_003.jpg A fresh look at favorite hors d’oeuvres

Small plates and nibbles popular in restaurants can be ideal hors d’oeuvres for a New Year’s Eve party.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/12/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/The%20Thin%20Man-1518125.jpg Hollywood classics, family-friendly shorts among New Year’s Eve film screenings

Cinephiles can celebrate New Year’s Eve their own way, as First Night Boston offers plenty of film programming as part of its all-day festivities on Dec. 31.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/Content/ReceivedContent/Images/suarez_28stages(1)__003.jpg?uuid=a594088a-4b9a-11e2-beb9-6b91558de34a Trivial? Not for Morgan White.

Morgan White Jr. is The Man From T.R.I.V.I.A., and he’ll be entertaining during First Night at the Hynes Convention Center.

Night Watch


A round-up of nightclub events for New Year’s Eve, including the “Gatsby Mansion Party” at the Greatest Bar; Shannel at Machine; “A Lil’ Louder New Year’s Eve” at the Good Life; “Release Utopia New Year’s Eve Bash” at All Asia; “Resolution” at the Middle East Downstairs; “A ‘Heroes’ New Year’s Eve” at T.T. the Bear’s; Audio Chemists at Precinct; “Get the Funk Up” at Flat Top Johnny’s; and “[Expletive] New Year’s” at Bukowski Tavern.

High Five

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/Content/ReceivedContent/Images/28highfive1.jpg?uuid=3e62fdee-4f8a-11e2-9c5b-7b4c7465490e HIGH FIVE: Dwight & Nicole

Nicole Nelson and Dwight Ritcher play the Regattabar on New Year’s Eve.

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A roundup of New Year’s Eve music, comedy, theater, and outdoor events around Boston.