Here’s a listing of what’s happening locally on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
First Night Boston: 1 p.m. to midnight today, downtown Boston; daylong festival featuring art, music, dance, ice sculptures and fireworks; buttons cost $18 today; free for children 4 and younger; www.firstnight.org.
Hull New Year’s Eve dinner dance: 7 tonight, Knights of Columbus, 440 Nantasket Ave.; tickets, $30; call 781-925-1712.
New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise aboard the Voyager III, 8 tonight; boat leaves from Quincy Shipyard; Chris Stovall Brown Band with Madeleine Hall; champagne toast; fireworks; $65; 617-770-0040; bostonsbestcruises.com.
South Shore Dancers New Year’s celebration: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Cushing Center, Route 123, Norwell; $45; catered buffet dinner; black-tie attire requested; call 781-659-4703 make a reservation.
Hikes and walks
First Day hike: 1 p.m. Friday, Blue Hills Reservation, Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Wear sturdy boots or comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing and bring water. Enjoy hot soup and hiking. Walks for all levels, from family hikes around the pond to one- and two-hour treks. Call 617-698-1802 or go to massgov/dcr. Other hikes: Ellisville Harbor State Park, Plymouth, noon; Castle Island, South Boston, noon.
New Year’s Day walk: 1 p.m. Friday, Tubbs Meadow Preserve, Monroe Street, Pembroke; free; sponsored by North and South Rivers Watershed Association; refreshments afterward; www.nsrwa.org.
First Day Hike with Fido: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave., Easton; meet at visitor’s center; all dogs must be leashed; for more information, call 508-238-6566 or visit mass.gov/dcr.
Take a dip
New Year’s Day plunge: Humarock Hurricanes will hit the water at noon Friday, public beach opening on Marshfield Avenue, across the bridge in the center of Humarock; event sponsored by the Humarock Beach Improvement Association.
Frozen plunge: Weymouth Wildcats, noon Friday, Wessagusset Beach, Weymouth; registration at 11 a.m.; fundraiser for school athletics; call 781-331-2117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.