Musical group prepares for First Night celebration

Sunday, December 30, 2012 | 7:33 p.m. CST; updated 4:07 p.m. CST, Monday, December 31, 2012
The Beethovens, a musical group that plays classical rock versions of Beethoven classics, rehearses at the Missouri Theatre. The group will perform as part of Columbia's First Night Celebration for New Year's Eve.

UPDATE: The outdoor activities, including the processions and fireworks displays, have been canceled because of the weather. The indoor activities will be held as planned, and the 5K Run/Walk is still taking place.

Musical groups were rehearsing in advance of performances for Columbia's First Night Celebration on Monday.

First Night is a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration with music, art and traditional festivities. This year will mark Columbia's 18th annual celebration, which will include more than 50 activities at different downtown locations.

If you go

The younger crowd at First Night can visit the Create and Celebrate area at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St.. Teen bands will perform at the First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., throughout the night. .

Earlier in the day, the First Night 5K Run/Walk will begin at 4 p.m. Monday in front of Cyclextreme, 19 S. Sixth St. Doors for other First Night activities open at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

A map of First Night venues is posted online.


Parking will be prohibited at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center and in the parking lot at Ninth and Ash streets from 5 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday for safety issues during the First Night celebration, according to the city's news release.

Parking on Ash between Seventh and Ninth as well as parking on Eighth between Park and Ash also will be unavailable during those hours.

The attendees for the First Night can park at all parking garages in the downtown area.


Admission buttons for First Night are available at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department in the Gentry Building at 1 S. Seventh St.; at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.; at Streetside Records at 401 S. Providence Road; and at Gerbes supermarkets until 4 p.m. Monday. Buttons are $8. Those 7 and younger will be admitted free, and those who buy buttons in advance will be eligible for prize drawings, according to a news release from the city of Columbia.

Admission will be $10 for those who arrive at the event Monday night.

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