First Night Boston 2015! Where to Go and What to Do

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Believe it or not, it’s already time to usher out 2014, and welcome in 2015 into our lives! Tens of thousands make their own journey to Boston to celebrate the New Year in style. The theatre district, financial district, back bay, beacon hill, and west end all have many bars and clubs for those searching for a much more “festive” way to ring in the New Year. However, if you’re looking for a more relaxing night, or planning on coming into the city with the family, then this list below is perfect for what to catch in Boston!

First Night Boston 2015 is an annual celebration throughout the city of Boston that features entertainment for all ages. A collection of shows, festivities, musical performances and more, First Night Boston is the oldest New Years Eve celebration of its kind in the United States, and has spawned many similar events throughout the country. This year (like year’s past) features such as events as:

- 2 fireworks shows, 7PM on Boston Common and at the stroke of Midnight in Boston Harbor
- The spectacular grand procession with marching bands, art cars, costumes and more
- All-day puppet festival at the Hynes Convention Center
- Ice sculptures all throughout the city and the public garden
- Live music at locations throughout the city during the night
- Some essentials and a quick guide for the best night:

When: New Year’s Eve, December 31st from 1PM to just past Midnight

Where: Copley Square, Downtown and Long Wharf

Cost: $10 (children under 4 get in for free)

How it Works: For $10 you get a button for your jacket, simply show that at various locations to get exclusive deals and access!

Public Transit: The MBTA provides trains that will run later than normal hours (until 2AM). The T (subway) will be free from 8PM – 2AM

Parking: Taking the T is best. If driving, the best parking garages are located around TD Garden and the Theater District.

For more detailed information visit the official site of First Night Boston 2015! 

South Shore Christmas Tree Farms!

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Boy does time fly by fast! It feels like only a few short months ago everyone was worrying about what SPF suntan lotion they need for the weekend beach getaway. Well the weekend trips to Cape Cod and Bar Harbor are in the rear view mirror, and the main focus has shifted to the Christmas season! Although you may usher in the holiday season by feeling the stress and hassle of shopping, the true spirit and essence of Christmas is reflected through the Christmas trees found in homes throughout the world.

While everyone wants to have their own natural tree in their own home to gather around, it can be tough to find a local farm that has the perfect tree to take home to your family. We at The Commons created a guide of local Christmas tree farms on the South Shore to ease the process of finding that perfect farm!

Jaycox-Duxbury Christmas Tree Farm
214 West St, Duxbury 02332
(508) 238-0422
Open Dates & Hours: 12/6 & 12/7 only 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Specializing in: Fraser fir, blue & white spruce trees from 12’ to 16’

The Christmas Tree Farm
254 Taylor St, Pembroke 02359
(781) 826-9587
Open Dates & Hours: Open until Christmas
Specializing in: Balsam & fraser fir

Tree-Berry Farm
135 Cornet Stetson Rd. (Rte 123), Scituate, MA 02006
(781) 545-7750
Open Dates & Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 9:30AM – 3:30PM
Specializing in: Balsam & fraser fir, white spruce

Mistletoe Acres Tree Farm
296 Whitman Street, East Bridgewater 02333
(704) 998-9408
Open Dates & Hours: Fridays – Sundays 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Specializing in: Canaan & concolor fir, white pine, blue spruce, Serbian spruce

Mockingbird Hill Christmas Tree Farm
147 Rhode Island (Rte. 79), Lakeville 02347
(508) 947-6712
Open Dates & Hours: Every day until 12/21 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Specializing in: Concolor & fraser fir, scotch pine, Norway & white spruce