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.
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.
Big Wishes for Little Wanderers
What: 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
What: 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