Family Fun, Live Performances, Festive Decorations, Holiday Shopping, and a lot more!

Download a printable Holiday Happenings 2017 guide.



Ring in the New Year with amazing street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, and… a spectacular FIREWORKS display from State Pier on the working waterfront at 8:30PM.

Checkout pictures from the evening on our Facebook page:

Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve is presented by the City of New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell, in collaboration with:


Great appreciation and thanks to this year’s Event sponsor: Bristol County Savings Bank

and Supporting sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield and New Bedford Whaling Museum


Fireworks co-sponsors: AGM Marine Contractors, Inc. and Tucker-Roy Marine Salvage & Towing

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Holiday Happenings/City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve is the recipient of a Mass Cultural Council Festivals Grant.

PARTNER VENUE LOCATIONS: The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, UMass Dartmouth CVPA, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, YMCA of Southeastern MA, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, Gallery X, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Parks, Recreation & Beaches (Custom House Square and Wing’s Court)