Boston Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll Happening on New Year’s Eve
Boston Harbor Now and Partners Bring a Safe New Year’s Eve Celebration to Boston
BOSTON, Mass. – December 22, 2020 – Boston Harbor Now has announced that in partnership with more than a dozen waterfront organizations, it will once again host its annual free Ice Sculpture Stroll on New Year’s Eve.
The Ice Sculpture Stroll will consist of more than twelve outdoor locations spread across four of Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods, including East Boston, the North End, Downtown, and the Seaport. Each location will feature a unique hand-carved ice sculpture celebrating the season. During the self-guided stroll, on display between 1:00pm and dusk on December 31, 2020, attendees can choose to view some or all of the ice sculptures.
“We’re grateful to be able to offer this popular public event to the community for the 7th consecutive year,” said Kathy Abbott, President and CEO of Boston Harbor Now. “We know this New Year’s Eve is a little different, but connecting the city’s residents to their public outdoor waterfront spaces – in a way that’s compliant with public health guidelines – can be very beneficial to our mental and physical health. It’s especially important this time of year as people are looking to celebrate the holidays and connect with their families and communities. The ice sculpture stroll is a safe and enjoyable way to still get into the season.”
Signs will be posted at each ice sculpture reminding those participating in the stroll to wear face coverings and abide by current public health guidelines.
In addition to the ice sculptures, visitors can enjoy several other holiday waterfront activities during their stroll, including:
Holiday lights at Christopher Columbus Park
A special edition Bingo board – Winter on the Waterfront
Virtual Scavenger Hunts in Charlestown, East Boston, South Boston, and Downtown
Snowport, Seaport’s new Winter Village
The day’s activities also include a Waterfront Staycation Giveaway Contest, with prizes including restaurant gift cards, tickets to the Greenway Carousel, a family four pack to the Boston Harbor Islands, and a #BundleupBoston swag kit. To enter, post a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with one of the New Year’s Eve on the Waterfront ice sculptures, follow and tag @BostonHarborNow, and add the location of the photo. Each sculpture counts as one entry, so visitors can enter multiple times as they complete the stroll.
“This is an opportunity for us to bundle up, mask up, get outside, and safely appreciate the beauty of the season that is unique to winter in New England and our waterfront,” continued Abbott. “While it’s certainly been a challenging year, this is a special time to celebrate the end of the year and look forward to 2021.”
For more information, and to download the Ice Sculpture Stroll map, Winter on the Waterfront Bingo boards, and Virtual Scavenger Hunt directions, visit https://www.bostonharbornow.org/nye.
Businesses, government agencies, and cultural institutions from Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods have come together to make this New Year’s Eve celebration possible:
Battery Wharf Hotel
Boston Harbor Islands National State Park
Boston Harbor Now
Boston Public Library
Friends of Christopher Columbus Park
Fan Pier/Fallon CBRE
National Park Service
Pier 4 (Seaport)
Piers Park Sailing Center
The Trustees (Piers Park)
TACC (Nubian Square)
About Boston Harbor Now
In April of 2016, Boston Harbor Now launched as a new non-profit civic organization with a bold
mission: to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Boston’s harbor, waterfront and islands. Boston Harbor Now works with public and private partners to expand access to open space and recreational, educational and cultural opportunities harbor-wide, to plan for and build an integrated and expanded water transportation system, and to foster economic development and growth that is resilient to sea-level rise and the effects of climate change. Boston Harbor Now plays a unique role as the non-profit partner of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park raising funds to help the National Park Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Boston and hundreds of youth and community organizations to build visitor amenities and recreational infrastructure like campsites and trail networks, to provide interpretive, educational and cultural programs and volunteer opportunities, and to provide free access for children and families from low-income communities.
Kevin York Communications for Boston Harbor Now