Boston's First Night celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve begins at 2 p.m. with a Children's Festival and ends at midnight with fireworks at Waterfront Park. During the festivities, over 300 artists will perform at 32 indoor and outdoor locations from Hynes Auditorium to Faneuil Hall.
After the Children's Festival of poetry, puppets, and dance in the afternoon, First Night will kick off evening events with its traditional procession of costumed musicians, ethnic performers, jesters, colorful banners, and giant puppets winding their way down Boylston Street from Hynes Auditorium to Boston Common.
Copley Square becomes the backdrop for outdoor displays of large-scale ice sculptures during the day on Dec. 31. Music will abound as 20 concerts are performed throughout the city, offering jazz, classical, and folk music. Seven dance companies will perform modern, jazz, and ethnic dance at John Hancock Hall.
A $3 First Night button, which serves as general admission to more than 100 events, can be purchased at Bostix, the Prudential Center and Boston Common visitor-information booths, the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, participating Brigham's stores, and at performance locations on New Year's Eve. For more information call (617) 536-4100, or write the Greater Boston Convention and Tourist Bureau, Prudential Plaza, Box 490, Boston, Mass. 02199.