Meet your New Year’s resolutions in Boston

The biggest step in completing your New Year’s resolution? Show up.

Aerial view of Boston and The Prudential Center

New year, new chances to explore Boston.

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Looking to meet your New Year’s resolution in Boston? From making new friends to lending a helping hand, check out our local resolution recommendations below.

Read more books

  • Brattle Book Shop | 9 West St. | Keep an eye out for the large pencil above the sign at one of America’s oldest bookshops and browse three floors of used + rare books.
  • Beacon Hill Books & Cafe | 71 Charles St. | The multi-story bookstore in Beacon Hill made a big opening splash last year — visit the cafe after book browsing to sip tea and start your new read.
  • Papercuts Bookshop | 60 South St., Jamaica Plain | Shop the woman-owned bookstore for a curated selection of fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • East End Books | 300 Pier 4 Blvd. | The Provincetown-based bookstore has opened its new Seaport location, just in time for cozy winter shopping.
  • Frugal Bookstore | 57 Warren St., Roxbury | The Black-owned community bookstore has been a literary oasis in Roxbury for 15 years, offering books for all readers.
  • Brookline Booksmith | 279 Harvard St., Brookline | Head over to Coolidge Corner to see the recent expansion at the two-floor, independent bookstore.

Feeling extra committed? Check out our list of books by local authors to add to your to-be-read pile.

Meet new people

Learn a new hobby

  • PKL | 64 C St., South Boston | The South Boston indoor pickleball court hosts leagues, trivia, beginner’s mixers + more events for experience picklers and newbies alike.
  • Cambridge Center for Adult Education | 42 Brattle St., Cambridge | The Harvard Square center offers cooking, performance arts + business classes.
  • Improv Asylum classes | 200 State St. | Take a beginner’s improv class at the Asylum CoLab in Faneuil Hall — read about City Editor Sara’s experience at this fun + friendly class.

Watch local theater

  • Emerson Colonial Theatre | 106 Boylston St. | See the limited performances of “Into the Woods” in March, straight from Broadway.
  • American Repertory Theater | 64 Brattle St., Cambridge | “Life of Pi” will be on view at Harvard University’s theater through Sunday, Jan. 29.
  • Footlight Club | 7 Eliot St. A, Jamaica Plain | America’s oldest community theater is putting on “Miss Holmes,” a play by Christopher Walsh, in February.

Shop sustainable

  • Boomerangs | Multiple locations | With three locations in Greater Boston, sales from this thrift chain go toward AIDS research and care.
  • Uvida | 28 Atlantic Ave. | Visit this zero-waste shop for personal products and household goods.
  • Cleenland | 89A Norfolk St., Cambridge | Browse an array of refillable supplies like shampoo, dish soap, and produce bags.

Feeling extra committed? Check out our curated guide to 12 thrift and vintage shops.


  • Animal Rescue League of Boston | The South End animal shelter is always seeking individual or group volunteers and foster parents.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Boston | Volunteer areas at the after-school program include administrative support, child care, theater, and athletics.
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank | Help end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts with a food sorting shift at the local food bank.
  • Rosie’s Place | The first women’s shelter in the country, Rosie’s Place has flexible shifts for volunteers to lead art workshops, teach literacy classes, or prepare meals.
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy | Join the email list for invitations to volunteer programs, cleanups, and planting projects, or help keep the Emerald Necklace parks clean on your own time with a DIY cleanup kit.

Feeling extra committed? Check out our roundup of 30+ places to give back.

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