December 31, Wolfeboro. First Night is a community-wide alcohol-free celebration of the performing arts that began in Boston in 1976 and now takes place in over 200 cities in the U.S., Canada and other nations. This year’s theme, “Starry, Starry Night,” was inspired by the Van Gogh painting of the same name. Festivities include a parade, ice sculpture, live entertainment, fireworks and more. 2 p.m.-midnight. Rte. 28 in Wolfeboro. Tickets are $5 before December 25 and $10 after. Visit http://firstnight.wolfeboro.net for more information.
First Night is also celebrated in Portsmouth on December 31. Enjoy ice sculptures, a street dance, fireworks, music, theater and much more.
Visit www.proportsmouth.org for a complete schedule of events.
This article appears in the December 2008 issue of New Hampshire Magazine