The Midnight Hour

new year's eve!

Do what you have to — call in a favor, beg your mother, pay a teen an exorbitant amount of cash. Just make sure you aren’t lounging on the couch in ratty pj’s when the ball drops.

These New Year’s Eve escapes will make you believe in babysitters.

Make some noise at the Seaport Hotel for a four-course prix fixe menu, live music from Urban Renewal, and access to the indoor pool (reservations at 800-440-3318).

Bring back the love with the romance package at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries are whisked to your room. There’s also breakfast in bed, use of the spa facilities (check the indoor lap pool), valet parking, and a 4 p.m. late checkout.

Millennium Bostonian Hotel kicks off your night with an early prix fixe dinner and throws in two First Night buttons so you can enjoy the festivities around town (reservations at 617-523-3600).

You’re sure to have a ball.

this week in boston!

Big Wishes for Little Wanderers
Peruse the nonprofit’s wish lists and donate a toy to a kid in need.
Why: Everything counts.
When: Mon. & Tues., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Drop off toys at The Home for Little Wanderers, 161 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain (617-267-3700).

A Christmas Carol
What: New Repertory Theatre (with ArsenalArts and Watertown Children’s Theatre) rips through Dickens’s classic holiday story.
Why: You’re no Scrooge.
When: Tues. & Wed., 7 p.m.; Thurs., 3 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6 p.m.
Where: Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown (617-923-8487).

Family Experience Sundays
Watch artists blowing glass and make your own glass pendant.
Why: It’s a hot ticket.
When: Every Sun. Demo, 1-2 p.m.; hands-on (ages 7 and up), 2-3 p.m.
Where: Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St. (617-442-7444).

Photo: monkeyc.net / Flickr

Millennium Bostonian Hotel
26 North St
Boston, MA 02109
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Seaport District
Boston, MA 02110
The Home for Little Wanderers
161 S Huntington Ave
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Seaport Hotel
1 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210
321 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472
Diablo Glass School
123 Terrace St
Boston, MA 02120