WATOTO KWANZAA 2013: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St. Watoto is the Swahili word for children and this event is all about children. Local families and communities are urged to come together and show their love and hope for the future. Every age group is invited to this free event — each adult should try to bring a young person, child or baby for crafts, song, dance and hands-on learning. Donations welcome. (803) 454-5713
WOW! NEW YEAR’S EVE CARNIVAL: 4-10 p.m. Dec. 31 at Main Street ICE, Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Rides, games, karaoke, craft exhibitors, food and drink vendors. One-price skate fee, $8. The rink will be open until midnight.
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE MEADOWS: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the amphitheatre at Doko Meadows (off Langford Road), Blythewood. Free concert featuring the Freeway Music All-Stars, fireworks and Scottie’s Food Truck. Coolers and lawn chairs welcome. Sponsored by the town of Blythewood.
LE CAFE JAZZ: 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at 930 Laurel St. (Finlay Park). Three-part event kicks off with a free screening of “Another Thin Man” (1936) with William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. Door prizes and more for the early birds. Cash beverage and snack bar available. From 8-10 p.m., enjoy a holiday jazz set, a beverage and French buffet. $40; couples, $75. Space is limited, RSVP required. Door admission (without reservations), $40. The New Year’s Eve celebration starts at 10 p.m. and will include two live jazz music sets, French breakfast bar, one glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage per person and a New Year’s gift bag. Cash bar. (803) 400-1879
FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31, downtown Columbia. Free concert with Kool & the Gang and ZZ Ward, party food and drink, midnight fireworks and more. Free admission or update to VIP status for more perks. The VIP Absolut Crescent Lounge, located in the lobby of the Capitol Center, offers an indoor party area, indoor restrooms, fancy hors d’oeuvres and open bars offering cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne. That’s not all; you’ll enjoy dedicated parking in the adjacent City of Columbia garage, located at Assembly and Lady Streets; tickets are $125.
“WHO KILLED THE BOSS?”: 6:45 p.m. Dec. 31 at Theatre Rowe/Columbia Dinner Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Tickets are $30; students, seniors and military, $27. (803) 200-2012; www.brownpapertickets.com
JAMIL SHRINERS NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Jamil Shrine Center, 206 Jamil Road. Dinner at 7 p.m.; door prizes, party favors; DJ music, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; champagne toast and continental breakfast at midnight. Age 21 and older; advance tickets are $40, $50 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals. (803) 606-3030; firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YEAR’S EVE SKATE PARTY: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Skate Station U.S.A., 129 Oak Drive, Lexington (behind Barnyard Flea Market). $15, includes skating, skate rental, glo stick at midnight, games and prizes. (803) 356-3500
DJ BORGEOUS AT SOCIAL: 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at 918 Gervais St. Tickets are $10 at www.eventbrite.com
10th ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Red Bank United Methodist Church at Red Bank United Methodist Church. Groups featured will include Mercy Rain, Beulahland Quartet, Forever Changed and Heart’s Song Quartet. Food will be served during intermission. (803) 430-3548
THE OAK TABLE: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ring in 2014 with an all-inclusive soiree at 1221 Main St. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by executive chef Howard Stephens and specialty cocktails crafted by beverage director Lauren Tebeau. Celebrate with a midnight countdown complete with access to this year’s better-than-ever fireworks show over downtown Columbia. Tickets are available for $95 per person; $100 at the door. (803) 563-5066
NEW YEAR’S EVE LATE NIGHT SHOW: 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Sandlapper Elementary School, 1001 Longtown Road, Columbia. Semi-formal event will feature Rapper OEasy, singer Asia Wilson, saxophonist David Rodriquez and more. Free admission and free food. Sponsored by Chosen 2 Conquer International Ministries. (803) 691-0962