Columbia, SC is a flurry of activity this weekend with a variety of glitzy New Year's Eve bashes, sporting events and museum exhibits of all sorts! Keep reading for the complete rundown of all that's happening in "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

the new year hot spot
New Year's Eve parties are not in short supply in Columbia, SC. Whether you lean toward the private dinner parties at Bourbon, The Oak Table and Rosso Trattoria Italia or go big at Famously Hot New Year, The Music Farm, Art Bar and Rocket Man, the options are seemingly endless. Families can even join in the fun with New Year's Eve at Noon at EdVenture and the Wow! New Year's Eve Carnival. And after starting the new year with a bang, take it easy New Year's Day with a screening of Wild at The Nick or wandering around First Thursdays in the evening.

the new athletic hot spot
Likely the most common new year's resolution people make is to get exercise and lead a more active lifestyle in the coming year. This weekend offers up plenty of opportunities to do just that! You can either jump right in with the Famously Hot Main Street Crit and Harbison 50K Trail Race or take baby steps and simply watch the USC women's basketball team get a workout as they face Auburn on Friday.

the new historic hot spot
After taking a holiday break last Saturday, the South Carolina State House is open for free tours once again this weekend, so stroll through and learn about the city's rich history. Then, lose yourself in one of the many captivating galleries and exhibits currently on display at the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina State Museum, Robert Mills House & Gardens and McKissick Museum!

Check out our daily guide below. For more things to do around Columbia, SC, visit our calendar of events!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park 6 - 10 p.m.; $15 - $40
New Year's Eve at Noon at EdVenture Children's Museum 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Famously Hot Main Street Crit at Main, Hampton, Blanding and Sumter Streets 3 - 4:45 p.m.; $30+
Wow! New Year's Eve Carnival at Main Street 5 - 11 p.m.; Free admission
Famously Hot New Year 2015 at Downtown Columbia 6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Free admission
New Year's Eve at The Music Farm 8 p.m.; $12 - $100
Rocket Man NYE 2015 at Rocket Man 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.; $30 - $200
Bonne Annee! Celebrate with Bourbon! at Bourbon 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $125
New Year's Eve at The Oak Table 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $100
Famously Funky New Year's Eve at Art Bar 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Free admission
New Year's Eve at Rosso Trattoria Italia 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Wing in the New Year at Wild Wing Café VistaVillage at Sandhill and Harbison 8 p.m.; Free admission - $20
New Year's Cover Show at New Brookland Tavern 8:30 p.m.; $5 - $8
Brew Year's Eve at Flying Saucer 9 p.m.; Free admission
David & Whitney at Tin Roof 9 p.m.; $5
New Year's Eve Bash at Jillian's 10:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
"The New Year" Starring Angie Stone at The Comedy House 10:30 p.m.; $35 - $45
Blythewood Jazz Orchestra at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 7:30 p.m.; $25
Leading Ladies Cabaret at The Comedy House 7:00 p.m.; $10 - $15
Roaring Twenties New Year's Eve Celebration at Newberry Opera House 8 p.m.; $61
New Year's Eve Suit and Tie Affair at Mynt Lounge & Bistro 8 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.; $25 - $500
The 2014 Harlem Nights New Year's Eve Bash at The Medallion Center 8 p.m. - 3 a.m.; $20 - $600
Ricky Young New Year's Blowout at The Cotton Gin 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.; $10
2015 Polar Bear Ride at Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson 10:30 p.m. - 3 a.m.; Free admission
Kap Slap at Social 8 p.m. - 3 a.m.; $7 - $150
New Year's Eve Bash at Uncle Fester's 10:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.; Free admission
NYE Party at Speakeasy 10 p.m.; Free admission
Papa String Band at Utopia 8:30 p.m.; Free admission
Weekend Bender at Hemingway's Music Pub 8 p.m.; $10

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
First Thursdays on Main Street 6 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
Wild at Nickelodeon Theatre 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; $8

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
USC Women's Basketball vs. Auburn at Colonial Life Arena 7 p.m.; $4 - $7

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
Soda City Market at 1400 Block of Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75
Guitar in the Midlands at Al-Amir Mediterranean Restaurant 6:30 p.m.; $25
Harbison 50K Trail Race at Harbison State Forest 7:30 a.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
See below for events happening all weekend long.

ALL WEEKEND
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Historic Holiday House Tours at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
The Interview at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday - Sunday varying times; $8 - $10
Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast at McKissick MuseumThursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Columbia Museum of Art has several collections on display open Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
Building a Universe
Chapman's Charleston, 1863 - 1864
Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time
South Carolina Unearthed
Star of Bethlehem
The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World
The Polar Express 4D Experience
Winter Fest