10 New Years Eve and weekend events in Boston to welcome 2021

We are all ready to usher out 2020 and welcome in 2021. Looking for a socially distant way to kiss this year good bye? Here are 10 ways to celebrate the holidays:

1) Pop a cork! What would New Year's Eve be without a bottle of champagne? At the South End's Brix, the staff would be happy to help you pick out a bottle to drown the year out. If you find yourself somewhere besides the Shawmut Peninsula, find another local packie to support. Fire fighters and nurses get all the credit, but liquor salesmen are essential personnel, too.

2) Don't drink on an empty stomach! To accompany your new bottle of wine or other beverage of choice, why not try a cheese from Cambridge' Formaggio? The Huron Ave shop has a selection of cheeses and specialty ingredients from around the world.

3) Party like it is 1959! Just because you won't be attending a house party or rubbing elbows in a swanky nightclub this New Year's Eve, that is no excuse not to get dressed up. If you are on a budget or just like the Mad Med style, you can find that perfect vintage item at The Garment District.

4) Brave the cold for a walk in the park! Boston has not only the oldest public park in America, it also has some of it's most beloved. So, whether it is the Public Garden or your local neighborhood patch of green, get outside and welcome Baby New Year with Mother Nature.

5) Check out a light display! Whether you explore Gillete Stadium or just admire Nova Scotia's annual gift of a Christmas tree to Massachusetts on the Common, there are plenty of light displays to keep you feeling merry.

6) Attend First Night! Like everything else this year, First Night has gone virtual. Stay at home on your couch and fire up some of the many incredible acts on NBC 10 Boston, NECN, or Telemundo. Don't have a TV? Don't worry! It's also being livestreamed on firstnightboston.org.

7) Check out City Works! At City Works in Waltham, you can enjoy a meal especially created for the holiday while pairing it with one of their ever rotating selections from the beer menu.

8) Take a polar plunge! Crowding into the L Street Bathhouse in Southie isn't a great idea these days, but that doesn't mean you can't still swim. Head down to your local beach and plunge into the frigid waters in the true spirit of the L Street Brownies.

9) Make a list of things you are grateful for! Let's face it, the last 365 days have been rough. Good things still happened, though. Try making a list of all the things you are grateful for in 2020 to see just how much good there was.

10) Buy a book! Make an investment in your self and in your community. Find a local book seller and buy a book. What better way to kick off the new year?

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