Usually we just focus on weekend events, but the New Year is almost here! We’ve extended our list of things to do in Columbia, SC through Wednesday. So whether you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve party or how to enjoy the last few days of holiday fun, here are five things to do in the Columbia region today through Wednesday:
 
Famously Hot New Year 2013
Photo Courtesy of Famously Hot New Year 

new year celebrations
It’s time for another Famously Hot New Year! You can ring in 2014 with 25,000 new friends at this free concert featuring Kool and the Gang (“Celebration!”), ZZ Ward and Columbia, SC’s own Weaving the Fate. The New Year’s Eve bash also features the requisite midnight countdown and fireworks (shooting off behind the South Carolina State House no less). Register for your free ticket here or grab a VIP ticket to the Absolut Crescent Lounge ($125 each). 
Famously Hot New Year 2014 on Main Street Tuesday 6:30pm-1:30am

If you want a New Year’s Eve party for the kiddos, EdVenture Children’s Museum holds its annual New Year’s Eve at Noon (free with admission) complete with a DJ and a ball drop. Looking for more New Years events? The Free Times has a rundown of Columbia, SC’s many NYE parties at surrounding restaurants, bars and more.

a movie
After all of the holiday hustle and bustle, maybe it’s time for a movie and popcorn. The Nickelodeon is currently showing Nebraska, a contemporary black-and-white film starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father-son duo on a road trip through America’s heartland. You can see this critically-acclaimed film while sipping a glass of wine or a pint of regional brews at South Carolina’s only independent movie theater. 
Nebraska at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday through Wednesday (see www.nickelodeon.org for movie times)
   

wintry + holiday fun
The fun’s not over yet! The Columbia region’s sites, attractions, museums and more are still offering some winter fun for all ages:
Christmas at Kensington Mansion Thursday-Saturday 9am-2:30pm
Historic Holiday House Tours at Robert Mills House & Gardens Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1-5pm
Main Street Ice @ Boyd Plaza Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 1-9pm
Snowville at EdVenture Children’s Museum Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm
Winter Fest at South Carolina State Museum Various times; visit scmuseum.org for more information.
 
 

farmers markets
Looking for some local preserves or homemade fudge? Artisan soaps or hand-crafted cutting boards? A knock-your-socks-off breakfast? Try one of these farmers markets:
Soda City at Soda City Market on Main Street Saturday 8am - Noon
South Carolina Farmers Market Saturday 6am-9pm

the game
Whether you’re a Gamecocks fan or just a football fan in general, the Capital One Bowl will be a game to watch as the University of South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Wisconsin Badgers. Browse our list of sports bars and find your spot to experience Gamecock Country’s famous enthusiasm for the home team.   
South Carolina Gamecocks v. Wisconsin Badgers on ABC Wednesday 1pm
 
 For more things to do in Columbia, SC, browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoorsrestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.