10 ways to ring in the new year in Columbia

From 5Ks to fine dining, here are 10 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Columbia, SC. Don’t wait to get your tickets, these events are selling out fast.

fireworks over s.c. state house on nye

Enjoy fireworks over the State House again in 2023.| Photo by Famously Hot NYE

If you’re still looking for New Year’s Eve plans and want to hit the town, this list is for you. Looking for something to do with the kids? We’ve got you covered.

Here are 10 ways you can ring in the new year with friends and family in the Soda City.

1600 Block Party | Sunday, Dec. 31 | Times vary | 1600 Block of Main Street | Prices vary

  • Celebrate the new year under the lights on the 1600 Block of Main Street as businesses like Hendrix, The Robinson Room, The Grand, and Smoked will come together as the clock strikes midnight. Each one is having parties of its own, so you can pick your vibe for the night.

Cold Winter’s Day 5 K | Sunday Dec. 31 | 10 a.m. | 4801 Forest Dr. | $25

  • Get your 2023 workout plan started early with this flat and fast 5k in Forest Acres.

Capital City Fireworks | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 11:59 p.m. | SC State House | Free

  • The annual fireworks over the State House are best viewed along Gervais Street and Main Street. Several roads will be closed around the State House, so be sure to use the free on-street meter parking or complimentary parking in downtown parking garages.

Columbia’s Comedy Countdown at Corley Mill | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m. | 221 Corley Mill Rd., Lexington | $100

  • Celebrate NYE at The Corley Mill House with an all-inclusive comedy bash. Enjoy a night of laughter with headliner Paul Snyder and top comedians, a full open bar, buffet, party favors, midnight champagne, dance party, and safe parking options.

Fireflies Holiday Lights | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 5-8 p.m. | 1640 Freed St. | $12

  • Time Square or Segra Park? For the final days of the holiday lights installment, the Fireflies will host a New Year’s Eve celebration, including a ball drop for the kids happening at 7 p.m.

The Hoot | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | 2910 Rosewood Dr. | $35

  • Hoot hoot. Enjoy performances by Autocorrect, Death Ray Robin, and DJ Viet. The special night includes a select menu until midnight and a complimentary prosecco toast.

Transmission Arcade | Sunday., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | 122 State St. | $80

  • The downtown arcade’s fourth annual NYE party includes a multi-course meal with specialty options, a specialty cocktail, champagne toast, and free-play arcade games all night.

New Brookland Tavern | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | 632 Harden St. | $15

  • Celebrate with our NYE cover show, featuring talent from local bands Rex Darling, Hillmouse, Steam Killed Lula, Paisley and the Birdwalkers, and Homemade Haircuts. They’ll perform as Olivia Rodrigo, Cage The Elephant, Nirvana, and The Killers.

New Year’s Eve Pawty | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 6-8 p.m. | Modern Companion Pet Boutique 508-B Lexington Ave., Chapin | $25 per pet (includes entry for two humans)

  • Dress your pup in their finest outfits and treat them to a wild night, thanks to the Mixology Bark Cart and a treat tasting.

One Columbia — a Jazzy New Year’s | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | 1013 Duke Ave. | $50

  • Dress to the nines and enjoy this event with a cause. Dance to jazz with Corey Stone and Company, and vocalist Javar, and dress up for a night of heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and a countdown to 2024. This celebration supports inclusivity initiatives and ADA upgrades.