Celebrating the Dawn of 2012: This Week’s Distractions

MASSACHUSETTS – While it doesn’t necessarily feel like winter has hit, the New Year is upon us. Still looking for something to do? Whether you need to just grab your coat or perhaps get dressed up a bit, visit one of these celebrations to party into the dawn of 2012!



Beverly has a long-standing tradition of hosting New Year’s Eve events and will once again host a First Night celebration in honor of 2012.

Join in this community arts celebration, and welcome the new year with free Holiday Train rides on Cabot Street, performances from Puppeteer Dora Tevan and a Teen Band Jam, and annual favorites like Curious Creatures, Tony Toledo and Peter Jackson’s Magic Show.

Thanks to the events’ generous sponsors, buttons have been priced at an affordable $5.00. Through December 30th, you can buy 3 buttons and get 1 free at the following locations: BEVERLY COOPERATIVE BANK at 254 Cabot Street, CASA DE MODA at 272 Cabot Street, PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK at 240 Cabot Street, and the STERLING CENTER YMCA at 254 Essex Street.

To download the event map, click here.



Never ventured into Boston to take part in North America’s oldest First Night Celebration? First Night in Boston attracts more than one million people each New Year’s Eve, and this year’s favorable weather conditions are sure to keep the numbers growing. The 2012 First Night Festival will be held from 1PM to midnight.

All First Night outdoor events are free. The First Night button is the ticket for general admission to all indoor events. Buttons cost $18 each with children under 4 admitted free.

Buttons are available at dozens of locations, including Shaw’s Supermarkets, Tedeschi Food Shops, and Au Bon Pain. For a complete list of retail locations, click here.

For the complete event schedule, visit our Schedule page.

For a copy of the official First Night Boston 2012 Map, click here.


North Andover

Our friends at China Blossom will celebrate the New Year along with the Lots of Laughs Comedy Lounge for a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza from 9:30PM to 1AM. Dine on a wide array of dishes that elevates the all-you-can-eat experience with China Blossom’s premier buffet featuring classic Asian favorites and live-action cooking and carving stations, create-your-own noodle soups and a diverse selection of sushi. When the big moment arrives, ring in the New Year with festive hats and noisemakers and a complimentary champagne toast.

Enjoy music from DJ Barry Mooney, take in a live performance by singer Carissa Scudieri. Laugh the night away at the Lots of Laughs Comedy Club, located in China Blossom, with a show featuring Jack Walsh, Christine Hurley and John David.

Tickets are $75 per person and include an all-you-can-eat dinner, comedy show, live entertainment, giveaways and a champagne toast at midnight. Everyone will also leave with a gift bag courtesy of China Blossom and Lots of Laughs Comedy Lounge.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 978-687-1789 or visit

China Blossom is located at 946 Osgood St., North Andover. Seating for dinner starts at 9:30 p.m.




New Year’s Rockport Eve 2011 offers six hours of entertainment from 6PM to midnight, including 85 different shows to choose to attend! Clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and more!

Our buttons are $15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free–no button needed are now available at the following locations in Rockport at John Tarr Store, Main St.; Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk, 3 Station Square; Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St. or in Gloucester at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.; House of Raven, Main St.; Gloucester Music, Main St. Buttons will also be sold on December 31st at Spiran Hall on the corner of Broadway & School Street from noon until 11PM.

For information, you can call 978-546-9038 or visit the official website at

For a schedule of events, click here! For a map of the festivities, click here!



Spend the night at the Stoneham Theatre for New Year’s Eve with The Platters and special guest Ron Gartner. With shows at  7PM and 10PM, hear the greatest hits of the ’50s and ’60s by The Platters featuring “Mr. Excitement” Ron Gartner. Paying tribute to songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including American Bandstand and Motown hits, The Platters have recorded nearly 400 songs, sold over 100 million copies of those songs, and appeared in 27 movies.

Tickets are $50-$75 per show. For advance tickets and information, visit or call the Box Office at 781-279-2200 or visit their website at The Stoneham Theatre is located at 395 Main Street in Stoneham.

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