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HISTORIC COLUMBIA: Tours of decorated house museums 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6; ages 6-17, $3; ages 5 and younger, free. Reservations required for groups or special 90-minute three-house tours. Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or go to

CITY OF COLUMBIA NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION: 4-9 tonight at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Children's activities include face painting, pony rides and carnival rides. Live entertainment and holiday treats for the whole family. Food, drink and ride tickets will be available for purchase. (803) 545-3100

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 tonightat Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Nearly a million twinkling lights and more than 350 handcrafted images, Jingle Bell bonfire marshmallow roast and - snow! $8; ages 3-12, $6. Avoid lines by ordering tickets in advance at

NE SINGLES NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH: 8 tonight, in the Fellowship Hall at Spring Valley Baptist Church, 91 Polo Road. DJ, line dancing, food, games and fellowship, $10. (803) 736-0624

NEW YEAR'S EVE SKATING PARTY: All ages, 7:30 tonight to 6 a.m. Friday at Skate Station USA, 129 Oak Drive (off U.S. 1, behind Barn Yard Flea Market). $15; includes games, prizes, skating, skate rental, glo-stick at midnight and breakfast at 5 a.m. (803) 356-3500