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Five things to do around Boston Dec. 20-Jan. 3

First Night, New Year’s Eve comedy, a harbor island getaway, and more.

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First Night Boston fireworks.


Thursday, December 31, through Friday, January 1

For the first time in its 40 years, First Night Boston becomes a two-day event, as First Night stretches into First Day. The celebration features an array of family-oriented activities and attractions in and around Boston Common and Copley Square, including ice sculptures and a New Year’s Eve parade down Boylston Street. When the clock strikes midnight, a spectacular fireworks display over Boston Harbor will get the New Year off to a memorable start.


Saturday, December 26, through January 3

See some of your favorite Disney characters — from Peter Pan to the Mad Hatter to Simba, not to mention a bevy of princesses — come to life on skates as Disney on Ice’s Treasure Trove re-creates classic moments from its animated films. At Agganis Arena, Boston University. Tickets start at $10.


Saturday, December 26, through December 31

The EcoTarium museum in Worcester soars into space during school vacation week. Kids can learn about astronomy, space travel, and more. And its planetarium features the new National Geographic film Asteroid: Mission Extreme. Museum $10-$14; children 2 and under free. Tickets to the planetarium are extra.


Thursday, December 31


Hometown boy Dave Rattigan gives 2015 a lighthearted send-off as host of a New Year’s Eve comedy show at the Cabot Performing Arts Center in Beverly. Funny dudes Mark Riley, Chris Pennie, Mike Murray, and Abhishek Shah round out the lineup. $25; doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 o’clock show.


Friday, January 1

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Start 2016 off with a splash by hopping aboard the MV Freedom  for a trip to Thompson Island. Pack a lunch and explore the island’s beaches, meadows, forests, and 40-acre salt marsh — with or without a guide from Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. The boat departs at noon and returns at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at Rowes Wharf that day.

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