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Your guide to First Night Boston

An ice sculpture entitled "Noah's Ark and the Last Unicorn" at First Night 2016.
An ice sculpture entitled "Noah's Ark and the Last Unicorn" at First Night 2016. Elise Amendola/ASSOCIATED PRESS/Associated Press

There won’t be any fireworks over the harbor at midnight to ring in 2017, but there will be a display at 7 on Boston Common and a countdown to midnight in Copley Square. There will also be plenty of other free events and performances around the city as part of First Night Festivities. Here’s a look at the highlights, plus information on how to get there.

MBTA

New Year’s Eve

As in years past, the T will not collect any fares after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Subway lines will operate on a modified weekday schedule, with extra trains running between 3 p.m. and 1 a.m.

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Commuter rail will run on a modified Saturday schedule with extra outbound service from North and South stations after midnight. See the MBTA website for more details.

Buses will operate on a regular Saturday schedule, as will commuter boats and ferries, and the RIDE.

New Year’s Day

The MBTA will operate on a regular Sunday schedule on Jan. 1.

Street closures

The city is closing some Boston streets to vehicles, and officials are urging those attending First Night festivities to use public transportation.

The following streets will be closed for portions of New Year’s Eve:

Boylston Street, from Exeter Street to Tremont Street, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Charles Street, from Park Plaza to Beacon Street, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dartmouth Street, from St. James Avenue to Boylston Street, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Ice sculptures

The theme of this year’s ice display in Copley Square is “Maritime Legends.” Ice sculptures will also be displayed in front of businesses around Back Bay. See the list of participating businesses on the First Night website.

Fireworks

Although there won’t be a fireworks display over the harbor at midnight, there will be a one over Boston Common at 7 p.m. The show is funded by The Mugar Foundation, according to the First Night website. At midnight, head to Copley Square for a countdown to 2017, which culminates in a pyrotechnics display and light show.

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First Night performance highlights

10 a.m.

Shakespeare Unauthorized Exhibition

Boston Public Library in Copley Square

12:15 p.m.

Performance by the Boston Sax Quartet

Boston Public Library McKim Building

12:30 p.m.

Performance by OrigiNation

Boston Public Library McKim Building

Performance by Jungle Jim

Boston Public Library Johnson Building

12:45 p.m.

Performance by the Greater Boston Chinese and Cultural Association Music Ensemble and Melody Dance Troupe

Boston Public Library Johnson Building

1 p.m.

Boston Public Library’s Art & Architecture tours begin

Boston Public Library McKim Building

1:15 p.m.

Performance by Greater Boston Chinese and Cultural Association’s Waist Drum Troupe

Copley Square

Chu Ling performs

Boston Public Library McKim Building

1:30 p.m.

Jubilee Concert

Boston Public Library Johnson Building

1:45 p.m.

Performance by Sweet Harmony

Copley Square

2:30 p.m.

Performance by Eric German & Orchestra

Copley Square

Performance by the Boston Opera Guy

Boston Public Library McKim Building

Puppet Showplace Theater’s First Night Puppetry Festival

Boston Public Library Johnson Building

3 p.m.

Organist George Sargeant plays the Skinner orchestral pipe organ

Old South Church

3:15 p.m.

Performance by O’Shea Chaplin Irish Dancers

3:30 p.m.

Copley Square

Performance by ImprovBoston

Boston Public Library McKim Building

3:45 p.m.

Performance by Mixed Emotions

Copley Square

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4 p.m.

Performance by Greater Boston Chinese and Cultural Association’s Yo Yo Troupe

Boston Public Library McKim Building

Performance by Sweet Harmony

Copley Square

5 p.m.

Performance by Lil’ Phunk

Copley Square

5:30 p.m.

Performance by Phunk Phenomenon

Copley Square

6 p.m.

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular

Frog Pond

People’s Parade

Copley Square

6:30 p.m.

Pipes and Pops concert

Old South Church

7 p.m.

Boston’s Family Fireworks

Boston Common

7:30 p.m.

Performance by Drunken Logic

Copley Square

8 p.m.

Pipes and Pops concert

Old South Church

8:15 p.m.

Performance by Cask Mouse

Copley Square

9 p.m.

Performance by Kyle Bent

Copley Square

9:45 p.m.

Performance by Air Traffic Controller

Copley Square

10:45 p.m.

Performance by TigermanWOAH

Copley Square

Midnight

Pyrotechnics display

Copley Square