New Year’s Eve in Boston!

New Year's Eve in Boston / simplylovebirds.com

From the twinkling holiday lights to the doors outlined with garland and wreaths, homes throughout New England are throughly decorated for the holiday season, and Boston is no exception. After spending Christmas in Newport a few days prior, we decided to drive up to Boston on New Year’s Eve for our last day trip of 2016.

 

Parking

Before our arrival, we reserved our parking spot online at the Boston Common Garage which shaved a few dollars off an already inexpensive parking spot (for Boston’s standards, that is!) The parking garage is located in a very central area. If you’ve never seen a parking lot by the Boston Common, that’s because it’s entirely underground! I know, I had no idea that existed either!

Boston Common

We stopped by the Visitors’ Center on the edge of the Boston Common to pick up some maps and ask questions about Boston’s public transportation system, the T. Along the way, we saw a largely decorated tree; Frog Pond, which transformed into an ice skating rink for the winter; the Massachusetts State House; and some commemorative statues, which we assume are part of Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Boston Common

 

Acorn Street in Beacon Hill

Just north of the Boston Common is a historic neighborhood called Beacon Hill. Without knowing too much about the area, we strolled over to Acorn Street, which Dan’s mom had suggested the night before. Acorn Street is arguably the most photographed street in America, and after seeing this place for ourselves, we understand why! We shared the charming cobblestone street with several other photographers and tourists.

Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, BostonAcorn Street, Beacon Hill, BostonCobblestone close up on Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, BostonMe on Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, BostonDan on Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, Boston

Can we take a moment here and point out all of Dan’s layers? 😂 He looks like he’s ready for an Arctic expedition! In his defense, it was chilly and we planned to be outside all night celebrating New Year’s Eve. But I’ll admit, it was disappointing whenever I reached for his hand and felt his thick winter gloves instead!

Acorn Street during Christmas, Beacon Hill, BostonBeacon Hill Neighborhood during Christmas, Boston

Anyone fallen in love yet? Apparently, 3 Acorn Street is on the market for just shy of $10,000/month. Not too shabby for a 4 bed/3.5 bath on the most picturesque street of Boston. (Just kidding, that’s a lot of money).

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Eventually, we took the green line to reach the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Back Bay, Boston. Oddly enough, this museum is well-known for being victim to the biggest art heist of the century. The ornate frames of the stolen paintings are still hanging, but left empty to this day. While this held our interest, our absolute favorite part of this museum was the courtyard which you can see at any vantage point!

 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Once we finished the main exhibit, we went upstairs to the new wing of the museum to see Isabella Stewart Gardner’s manuscript collection. We noticed an illustration of the goofiest shark which looked out of place within these medieval documents! The best part was finding it in magnet-form at the gift shop!

Funny Shark Magnet, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Gift shop

Hope that gave you a laugh 😉

 

Copley Square

Our main reason for visiting Boston during New Year’s Eve was for the First Night festivities! At Copley Square, there were musical performances and live ice sculpting. This year’s ice sculpture theme was Nautical Legends. I only managed to get a close up shot of the octopus tentacles, so you’ll have to trust me when I say they looked incredible!

Dan at First Night Boston 2016First Night Light Show in BostonNautical Ice Sculpture, First Night, Boston, 2016

We stumbled upon an Asian community preparing for the New Year’s Eve parade along Boylston Street. The lion dance was definitely my favorite part!

First Night Chinese Parade in Boston First Night Chinese Parade in Boston First Night Chinese Parade in Boston First Night Chinese Parade in Boston

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

This year, we watched the fireworks from the Boston Common. To be honest, I’ve never been so close to a large firework show. When the first pop went off, I nearly jumped 5 feet in the air! Now I totally sympathize with dogs that hide under tables and freak out on the Fourth of July.

Also, I learned that I suck at photographing fireworks. So, I’m not even going to humor you with the other photos I took.

First Night Fireworks in Boston

We hope everyone had an exciting New Year’s Eve celebration and spent it with loved ones!

How did you guys celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? Happy 2017!

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