New Year’s Eve events in Columbia, Midlands

December 31, 2012 

Hundreds of people lined up Thanksgiving evening to check out Columbia's new ice skating rink in front of the Museum of Art on Main Street. The rink will be open seven days a week (minus Christmas day) through January 6th. Cost (skate rental included) is $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12.


You can celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another almost all day long. Check the home page today of for a map and schedule of the Famously Hot New Year’s Eve festivities, and check out other parties today:

EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Noon Monday at 211 Gervais St. Family-friendly event will include noisemakers, party hats, music, dancing and noon ball drop. (803) 779-3100

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. New Year’s Eve. $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

WOW! NEW YEAR’S EVE CARNIVAL: 5-9 p.m. Monday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Family-friendly event with amusement rides, carnival games, vendors, entertainment and fireworks show. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100

FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR 2013: 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday, Main Street between Gervais and Lady, downtown Columbia. Street party will feature a live concert, food and drink, fireworks and midnight countdown. Gates open at 6 p.m.

LE CAFE JAZZ: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday at 930 Laurel St. Two live jazz music sets with a special guest, cash bar, French breakfast buffet, hospitality bag for two (wine, holiday gift and a chance to win an evening at Le Cafe Jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month in April). Cover admission in advance, $65; couples, $125; at the door, $75/$150. (803) 400-1879

NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE: 8 p.m. Monday at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Dance to the music of the Dick Goodwin Big Band, refreshments, wine, champagne and fireworks. $60; groups, $55. Dinner and hotel packages available.

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: 8:30 p.m. Monday at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Dance to the music of the Blythewood Jazz Orchestra. Open to the public age 21 and older. Bring your own beverages and snacks; mixers and ice will be available for sale. Champagne toast at midnight. Advance tickets, $25; $30 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (803) 779-1971

LIFE MADE WHOLE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES: 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Decker Mall parking lot, 2500 Decker Blvd. New Year’s Eve event will feature live music, free food, poetry, step teams, gospel singers and rap artists and a mobile video game trailer. No alcohol, please. (803) 458-2683


Many churches in the Midlands will be the host for Watch Night services; here are a few of them:

ST. MARTIN’S-IN-THE-FIELDS EPISCOPAL CHURCH: New Year’s Eve contemplative prayer service, 6 p.m. Monday at 5220 Clemson Ave., Forest Acres. No nursery. (803) 787-0392

STEDFAST CHRISTIAN CENTER: Watch Night service, 10 p.m. Monday at 5200 Fairfield Road. (803) 786-9129

JONES MEMORIAL AME ZION CHURCH: Watch Night service, 10:30 p.m. Monday at 3400 Barhamville Road. (803) 254-8786

REHOBOTH BAPTIST CHURCH: Watch Night service, 10:30 p.m. Monday at 4646 Hard Scrabble Road. (803) 788-3397

ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: Watch Night service, 11:30 p.m. Monday at 5715 Koon Road. (803) 786-0119

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