Celebrate the New Year's Eve in Columbia, SC -- we've got parties, good food and more to enjoy as you welcome 2013. From the largest New Year's celebration in South Carolina to more intimate shindigs, take your pick of how you'd like to ring in 2013, famously hot >

Famously Hot New Year on South Carolina's Main Street
Ring in 2013 at Famously Hot New Year! New Year's Eve in Columbia, SC has it all -- Grammy-winning and chart-topping bands, fireworks, food, drinks and more all in front of the South Carolina State House. Get full event details on our Famously Hot New Year blog. Coming in to town and need a hotel? Find New Year's Eve hotel packagesGeneral admission tickets are free, but ticket upgrades are available for purchase and you can add on dinner, cocktail party and family packages.
6:00 pm to 1:30 am

New Year's Eve is for kids too! Countdown to noon at EdVenture and see Columbia's only ball drop for kids. The fun will include a DJ and dancing. Free with museum admission.
Doors open at 9:00 am

Pair it up! When you purchase a child's ticket to Edventure, you'll get a discount on a combined adult ticket to Edventure and a Pepsi Premier OR Ciroc Crescent Lounge ticket for Famously Hot New Year. Purchase the EdVenture Family Fun Pack

WOW! New Year's Eve Carnival at Finlay Park
Enjoy New Year's Eve fun for the family with rides, carnival games, entertainment and fireworks at Finlay Park. Free to the public.
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Street Ice at Boyd Plaza
Skate the new year in! Main Street Ice will stay open late for New Year's Eve so you can ring in 2013 on the ice. $10 for adults; $8 for children.
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Photo Courtesy of Famously Hot New Year

New Year's Eve at Le Cafe Jazz
The sounds of Skipp Pearson and Friends, a French breakfast buffet, champagne toast, a movie and more at Le Cafe Jazz. $125 per Couple, $75 per single person or at the door $100 per person. 
6:00 pm - 1:00 am

New Year's Eve at Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
DJ Goldfinger will be at The Roof Top Lounge and the Reggie Sullivan Band in the Main Street Restaurant. The Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel is also running a great New Year's Eve hotel package with New Year's amenities. Wristbands for venue entry are available for non-hotel guests for $30 (individuals) and $50 (couple) at the front desk. 

New Year's Eve at The Inn at Claussen's
Enjoy a romantic New Year's at The Inn at Claussen's! Guests receive complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides through Five Points, champagne cocktails in the lobby, a bottle of champagne in their room, New Year's Day breakfast in bed, and extended checkout at 1:00 pm. Rates vary based on room.

New Year's Eve at The Sporting News Grill
Adjacent to the Holiday Inn and Suites Columbia-Airport, The Sporting News Grill has the works for your New Year's celebration. For New Year's Eve. Enjoy happy hour drink prices all night, 2 for $20.12 dinner special, a DJ, party favors, door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight. No cover charge or reservations needed.
Party starts at 6:00 pm

New Year's Eve at Clarion Hotel Downtown
Enjoy one ticket to the Ross Holmes Band Party, one plated dinner, open bar and champagne toast at midnight with party favors. $75.00 per person. The hotel offers all of these amenities and accommodations for additional charges. 
5:00 pm - restaurant opens. 9:00 pm - New Year's Eve party begins.

New Year's Eve Night at Columbia DoubleTree by Hilton
Party the night away with dancing to Bill Tolbert & The BTUs, a buffet meal, flaming dessert station, four complimentary cocktails, champagne toast and multiple screens of Times Square's ball drop. Stay the night and enjoy late check out and a special breakfast the next day. $229 per couple.
Begins at 5:00 pm 

Holiday Lights on the River ends December 31st, so be sure to check out the amazing animated light displays across Saluda Shoals Park. Cars: $10 15-Passenger Vans: $20 Buses: $35
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

You can actually enjoy Lights Before Christmas after Christmas and until New Year's Eve, but December 31 is the last day to enjoy one of Columbia, SC's favorite holiday traditions. Adults tickets cost $9, children get in for $7. 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

New Year's festivities abound across the Columbia region. Enjoy music, champagne or more at one of these locations:

[NEW YEAR'S DAY] Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day Meals in Columbia, SC
The traditional New Year's fixins of collards, black-eyed peas and cornbread can be found at many Columbia, SC restaurants today, including Lizard's Thicket, Pawley's Front Porch, Clarion Hotel Downtown and more. Read our blog post on where to find a Southern New Year's Day meal.

New Year's Day at Sporting News Grill
Relax with a breakfast buffet and omelet bar from 6:30 am - 11:00am or a traditional New Year's Day lunch buffet from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, $3 Bloody Marys all day, all bowl games on 9 HD screens and Carolina vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl. No cover charge; lunch buffet is $12.99 per person.
Breakfast at 6:30 am; Lunch at 11:30 am

Winter Fest at South Carolina State Museum
The last day of Winter Fest! Enjoy holiday crafts and winter movies at the SC State Museum. Free with museum admission. 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Main Street Ice at Boyd Plaza
Kick off the New Year with a skate on Main Street's own ice skating rink! The ice rink will remain open through January 6th so skate while you can! $10 for adults; $8 for children 12 & under.
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade at Columbia Museum of Art
Just a few short days left to enjoy this art exhibit chronicling Mark Rothko's progression as an artist. A must-see exhibit, use your day off to visit the Columbia Museum of Art. $10 adults, $5 students, $8 military, $8 senior citizens.
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Snowville at EdVenture
Enjoy a wintry wonderland indoors! Kids can sled, climb and enjoy "snowy" activities, including a Penguin Observation Station. Free with museum admission.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Did we miss something? Let us know where you'll be ringing in the New Year by leaving a comment below or on Facebook or Twitter.