BOSTON (CBS) – First Night Boston festivities kick off at noon Monday and will culminate with a big celebration at midnight.

Check: First Night Guide

One thousand artists will take part in about 200 exhibitions throughout the city.

Families are encouraged to bundle up and attend.

Check: First Night Schedule

And with all of the entertainment, food, fireworks and hundreds of thousands of people on the streets, the head of the Boston Transportation Department, Tom Tinlin, has some very simple advice.

Take the T.

“Leave your car at home. You will not be able to get around the city in downtown Boston, driving your vehicle, so the best thing that you can do is to leave your car at home,” he said.

The T is free after 8 p.m. and there will be extra trains. They will run till 2 a.m.

Buy: Your First Night Button

All outdoor events are free. For general admission to all indoor events, you need to buy a First Night button, which cost $18 each. Children under 4 are admitted free.

If you’re looking for the famous ice sculptures, they are at Copley and the Prudential Center. None are on the Common this year.


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