For those looking to avoid the rowdier festivities of most New Year's Eve celebrations, First Night Columbia might be a more family-friendly alternative.
Modeled after a citywide New Year's celebration that originated in Boston in 1976, the 14th First Night Columbia is an alcohol-free celebration of the arts with activities and entertainment for all ages.
Stamper Commons, Lower Level, Stephens College
5:30 to 7 p.m. Bob Ault (ragtime piano)
7 to 8 p.m. The Deva Dancers
8:15 to 9 p.m. Poetry in Motion (break-dancing)
9:30 to 11 p.m. Artie's Univibe (classic rock)
Stamper Commons Lounge, Stephens College
7 to 7:45 p.m. Together With Drumming (family drum circle)
8 to 9 p.m. Together with Drumming
9:15 to 10:15 p.m. Compass Musician Showcase
10:30 to 11:30 p.m. David Wax (Mexo/Americana)
LRW Kimball Stephens Ballroom
9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Savoy Family Cajun Band
7 to 7:45 p.m. Beppe Gambetta (master Italian and Americana guitarist)
8 to 9 p.m. Ironweed Bluegrass Band
9:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tony McManus (Celtic guitarist)
10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Hennessy Brothers (jazz)
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
7 to 7:45 p.m. Savoy Family Cajun Band
8 to 9:00 p.m. Keith Jozsef (magician)
9:15 to 10:15 p.m. The Duel - Sutu Forte and Dr. Nelson Neves
10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beppe Gambetta (master Italian and Americana guitarist) and Tony McManus (Celtic guitarist)
First Christian Church
7 to 7:45 p.m. Billy Lee (old time dance fiddler)
8 p.m. JOIA World Percussion
9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Billy Lee w/Jim Thaxter
LRW Kimball Ballroom
7 to 9 p.m. Brian Hart w/Gan Bua Friends and Tim Langen (Irish dance)
Missouri United Methodist Church
7 to 7:30 p.m. Parasol Puppets - The Amazing Mysto's Magic Show
7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Parasol Puppets - George and the Dragon
8:45 to 9:30 p.m. China Folk Artists
9:45 to 10:30 p.m. China Folk Artists
10:40 to 11:30 p.m. Kristina Matinez (Flamenco dance performance)
Missouri United Methodist Church Music Room
7 to 9 p.m. Student Open Mic
9 to 9:30 p.m. The Defenstrators
9:30 to 10 p.m. Nightshift
10 to 11:30 p.m. Fiddler's Frolic - hosted by Doc Howard Marshall
Missouri United Methodist Church Activity Room
11 p.m. JOIA World Percussion
First Christian Church Parking lot
9:15 p.m. City-Wide Drum Line and Rhythm Band
Boone County Courthouse Square
11:30 p.m. JOIA World Percussion
Armory Sports Center
7 to 11:45 p.m. Teen Venue: First Night/Last Chance
For more information call 874-7460 or go to firstnight.missouri.org/
The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with a 5K run/walk and continue on into the night and early morning with over 60 performances at different venues downtown.
"We have everything from ragtime to rock and roll," First Night's director of operations Karen Ramey said. "We have dueling grand pianos, an Italian guitar master, Chinese folk art and puppets, percussion, belly dancers. We have the gamut; from local to international."
Those interested in attending may purchase early admission buttons for $8 until 4 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the ARC, Streetside Records and Gerbes Supermarkets.
After 5:30 p.m., buttons will be available for $10 at the YouZeum and Stamper Commons at Stephens College. After 6:30 p.m. buttons will also be available at the Armory, First Christian Church and the Missouri Center Center for the Arts.
Admission is free for those 7 years old and younger.
Ramey said a committee has been preparing for First Night Columbia all year.
"It's a pretty big production," she said. Ramey said she is unsure how many buttons have been sold for the event so far, but that they are expecting somewhere around 12,000 people.
"The entertainment is really fantastic, and it's a great opportunity to celebrate the new year with family and friends," Ramey said. "It's just a really good time to come out to downtown Columbia and really enjoy our beautiful district and the facilities and some great entertainment and activities."