Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire Fundraiser 2023

Tree Burning at Spencer Peirce Little Farm

Old Newbury Bonfire Party & Fundraiser

Mark your calendar for the Old Newbury Bonfire a “toasty” annual winter tradition and community wide fundraiser, Saturday, January 14th from 3:00 – 8:00 pm! The bonfire is typically lit at dusk, or whenever the Fire Department deems it to be safe. Dusk is at approximately 4:30 pm. Depending on the year, it can be quite cold before the bonfire is lit, but very quickly this enormous mountain of Christmas trees becomes a stunning bonfire that warms its guests as they watch in awe!

In honor of the original purchase of Newbury, MA in 1701, the 11th Annual Old Newbury Bonfire benefits the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department, Protection Fire Company #2 and Historic New England.

The event is held on Saturday, January 14th, but if you’re interested in including your Christmas Tree in this community, 3-story bonfire you must drop it off by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 11th at one of the locations below. Please do not bring any trees to Spencer Peirce Little Farm or Tendercrop Fields as both are private property. If you live in Newburyport, trees that are picked up between Jan. 2nd and 9th will go to the Bonfire, but please make sure that all decorations and lights are removed and please do NOT bag your tree. Note that tree pick up may differ from your standard trash day.

Bonfire Tree Drop Off Locations:

  • Newbury Fire Department:  3 Morgan Avenue, Newbury
  • Newbury Transfer Station/G. Mello:  75 Boston Road, Newbury
  • Byfield Fire Department:  44 Central Street, Newbury
  • Newburyport Fire Station:  0 Greenleaf Street, Newburyport
  • Pipe Stave Hill:  693 Main Street, West Newbury
  • Georgetown Transfer Station/G. Mello:  203 East Main Street, Georgetown
  • Rowley Police & Fire Station/behind building:  Eiras Park, 453 Haverhill Street, Rowley
  • Questions:  978-462-2282

The Old Newbury Bonfire is hosted by Protection # 2 Newbury’s Volunteer Fire Company, along with Historic New England.  Join your friends and family for music, games, food, drinks and fun at an event that is becoming a Greater Newburyport Winter tradition.

Parking is available at Spencer Peirce Little Farm: 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury which is adjacent to the Old Newbury Bonfire held at Tendercrop Growing Field.  The Bonfire event is free but there is a $20 per car parking fee. This has become such a popular event that there is now an option to purchase your parking pass in advance.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023

Time: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. w/ Bonfire Lighting at Dusk approximately 4:30

Cost:  Admission FREE, Food & Drinks Available for Purchase, Parking $20

Location: Tendercrop Farm Growing Field 71 High Road, Newbury, MA

Parking:  $20 for parking @ Spencer Peirce Little Farm:  5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, MA

Fundraiser forNewbury Volunteer Fire Department Protection Fire Company #2

New Year’s Eve Happenings

Greater Newburyport Suggestions to Ring in the New Year 2023


New Year's Eve 2022 Newburyport


Parties and Dining  to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Newburyport

Looking for New Year’s Eve fun in Greater Newburyport? From countdowns to dining experiences, there are plenty of options toNew Year's Eve, Newburyport MA ring in the New Year—VIP Style! Whether you’re looking to dress up for a formal party, join friends at your favorite local bar or enjoy a relaxing early dinner, Newburyport VIP has plenty of New Year’s Eve suggestions!

For revelers hoping to stay out late for a countdown to midnight celebrating into 2023 with champagne toasts, and ready to hit the dance floor: Bar25, The Joy Nest & Plum Island Beachcoma are great choices for guaranteed fun. There are many places featuring live music including a concert at Blue Ocean. Quite a few restaurants are featuring special New Year’s Eve menus and staying open for guests to celebrate 2023. Find a list of New Year’s Eve suggestions and if you are looking for information or ticket purchase links on any of the featured New Year’s Events, check the summary of VIP suggestions below or the Newburyport Events Calendar.

If you’re hoping to grab a nice dinner earlier in the night on New Year’s Eve and be home in time to watch the ball drop from the comfort of your couch—there are many wonderful restaurant options open for business and serving up delicious meals worthy of a 2022 send off. Call ahead to check on special menu options and if they will be accepting reservations.

Ring in the New Year:
Bar25– 9-1, complimentary Champagne Walls, Tarot Readings, Passed Hors D’oeuvres, New Year’s Countdown, Selfie Booth! Purchase tickets!
Blue Ocean– 7-12, dinner buffet, live music from The Fools & Psychedelic Relics, champagne toast & balloon drop. Purchase tickets!
– 4-10, for special 4 course dinner with tasting menu & wine pairings. Kitchen closes at 10 & bar is open until 12. Reservation required.
Joy Nest – 9-12, Celebrate NYE with a Motown & funk band, dancing, tapas bar, delicious food, craft cocktails & champagne toast. (978) 572-1615
Mission Oak Grill – 4-10 for NYE dinner and bar will be open later. Mission Oak menu available: 30th, 31st & 1st.
Newburyport Brewing – 8-12, only $10 plus beer to celebrate the New Year with live music from Pat Hall & Friends.
Park Lunch – 11-10, kitchen hours serving specials: Prime Rib & Seafood Casserole and Surf & Turf. The bar will close just after 12.
Plum Island Beachcoma – 5-9 for Dinner & 8-12 for DJ Dave: special menu, dancing, DJ & champagne toast. Dinner reservations recommended.
The Winner’s Circle – 11-11 for kitchen hours, and bar is open until 1, serving their regular menu.

VIP Recommendations for Dinner & Pre-Party Events:
Capri – 4-9, for dinner and the bar open until 10 or later. Enjoy Chef Specials: prime rib, lobster pie & regular menu.
Metzy’s – 6-9, PREGAME, at Metzy’s with small bites and specialty cocktails before heading out to your NYE party.
Paddle Inn – 12-6, on New Year’s Eve stop in for drinks only and on New Year’s Day get ready for Pajama Brunch from 10-3.
Plum Island Grille – 4 – close, enjoy dinner, drinks and live music from Alex Anthony. Make a reservation (978) 463-2290
Ristorante Molise – 3-9, enjoy a delicious dinner and desserts with friends and family. Reservations recommended (978) 388-4844
Seaglass – 4-9, enjoy chef specials or the Fall Menu, dessert & champagne toast, party favors and Derrick Feole on Saxophone.
Sea Level – 11-10:30 for dinner and bar open later. Order takeout online or call for reservations. (978) 462-8862

And when the confetti has all fallen and you wake up to your first day of 2023, keep the party going with a celebratory brunch at Seaglass. This restaurant will be pouring Bloody Mary’s and champagne with their brunch menu. If you prefer to kick off the New Year casual, the Paddle Inn has you covered with Pajama Brunch from 10-3.

VIP New Year’s Day 2023 Brunch & afternoon Live Music:
Brine – 10-3, New Year’s Day Brunch with $1 oysters! Make a reservation.
Mission Oak Grill – 4-9, the New Year’s menu is available for dine-in or take-out but the Tomahawk is only available for dine-in.
Plum Island Grille – 4:30-6:30, live music with Tom & Kim Hoatson.
Paddle Inn – 10-3, for folks who appreciate casual, don’t miss Pajama Brunch! The Paddle Inn is also open for dinner from 4-9 pm.
Seaglass – 10-3, Brunch by the Sea, enjoy glass of champagne, blood mary and full brunch menu. Make a reservation.
Sea Level – 11-9 brunch/lunch with live music until 3 pm and dinner until 9 pm. and dinner. Call for reservations or order take-out online. (978) 462-8862

The restaurants highlighted in this article are suggestions from It features customer’s of ours who have provided us with information about their New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day happenings. This not a complete list of all restaurants open for New Year’s Eve. We encourage folks to support any of our local restaurants.

We encourage folks to support any of our local restaurants.

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