NEW BEDFORD — The city is moving its City Celebrates events indoors, due to a forecast of rain on New Year’s Eve. But fireworks over New Bedford Harbor are still scheduled for 8:30 p.m., according to the mayor’s office.

Also, Broken Glass Projections 3D mapping will be postponed to a later date. Following is a schedule of some indoor events.

Vinny’s Miracle Fish Puppets: The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5-8 p.m. Meet magical creatures, embarking on an imaginative journey into 2023.

Ever After Storybook Entertainment Characters: The New Bedford Free Public Library, 5–8 p.m. Sing, dance, and celebrate with Mirabel, Elsa, Winter Elf, and Spiderman.

Cirque de Light: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5-8 p.m. A spectacle of fire and light. Improvisational fire spinning and LED performers light up the night.

Kaleidoscope Art and Entertainment: Magician and Face Painting: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 5-8 p.m. Expect the unexpected and lots of laughs with an interactive family show.

Buttonwood Brass Band: UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store, 6-8 p.m. Trio performs jazz, classical, and the Great American Songbook.

Toe Jam Puppet Band: The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 5-8 p.m. Family fun band performs in the Jacob’s Family Gallery with interactive songs and dancing.

Photo Booth: Whaling Museum Lobby, 5-8 p.m. Get complimentary photos from funfotos2go sent directly to your mobile device.

Inter Church Council Worship Service: Seamen’s Bethel, 5-6 p.m.

City of New Bedford Fireworks Display: Head to the bottom of Union Street just before Route 18, for ideal viewing of the spectacular fireworks over the harbor, commencing at 8:30 p.m.

Updated schedule of events: Visit the Destination New Bedford website for updates on all scheduled events.

“New Year’s Eve City Celebrates is a wonderful opportunity for area families and visitors to enjoy free, fun events for all ages in our historic downtown,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell. “We appreciate the generous support of Bristol County Savings Bank, which has sponsored City Celebrates for many years, and we are grateful that they are joined this year by Vineyard Wind and Claremont Companies.”


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