It’s the final countdown.
Brew Year’s Eve FestivAle
What: Heat up with a special menu (jambalaya, roasted pork loin with Cajun beer butter), then quell the flames with one of 30 IPAs on tap for the night.
Why: No cover and no reservations required.
When: Thurs., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Cambridge Common, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (617-547-1228).
Parish Cafe Hangover Brunch
What: The spankin’ new outpost of the Back Bay institution opens today, slinging faves like the steak and blue sammie and hair-of-the-dog drinks.
Why: Party in haste; repast in leisure.
When: Fri., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 493 Massachusetts Ave., South End (617-391-0501).
Marx Brothers Marathon
What: Giggle off the last vestiges of bubbly with a full day of Groucho, Harpo, and Chico, with a splash of Zeppo.
Why: They’ll show you a thing or three.
When: Fri., 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square (617-876-6837).
First Day Skate
What: Hamill off holiday carbs free of charge at one of two outdoor rinks.
Why: Screw those Fenway scalpers.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m.
Where: 1880 William J. Day Blvd., South Boston; 1 Marbury Terr., Jamaica Plain (617-626-4962).
Ho Ho Holiday Cupcake Tea
What: Snack on a flight of seasonally themed baked goods. (Mmm, eggnog and gingerbread spice.)
Why: It’s your just dessert.
When: Sat., 1-3 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avery St., Boston Common (617-574-7100). Reservations at ritzcarlton.com.
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