What to know before attending the New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Columbia

Monday, December 30, 2013 | 5:44 p.m. CST; updated 6:38 p.m. CST, Monday, December 30, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia Eve Fest will be held Tuesday evening with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. as a block-party style atmosphere.

The New Year's Eve celebration will take place in a concentrated area on Ninth Street between Elm and Locust streets.

No fireworks are scheduled this year; instead, cannons will shoot confetti into the air at midnight. Other changes include expanded entertainment options and a centralized food lot near Shakespeare's Pizza.

Performances will be held in the Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League and the Methodist church.

Here is a rundown of the basics:

  • Streets close: Beginning at 5 p.m., Ninth Street will be barricaded to vehicle traffic between Elm and Locust streets. Outdoor events are free, but concerts and other entertainment choices require a pass.
  • Cost: Passes can be purchased for $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Children 6 and under can attend for free. The passes are needed to access the indoor venues. Advance passes are available at Gerbes supermarkets, the Activity and Recreation Center and through the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Parking: Free spaces will be available in city and campus parking garages and along neighboring streets.
  • Food: Food trucks will be stationed in the parking lot of Shakespeare's Pizza at Ninth and Elm streets;  a coffee bar will be set up inside Missouri United Methodist Church. 
  • Shopping: Select stores and restaurants will be open downtown.
  • Finales: A children's countdown begins at 7:45 p.m. with a drum line and procession. At midnight, confetti will be released on Ninth Street, and the event ends at approximately 12:15 a.m. 
  • Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 39 and a low of 27 on Tuesday with clear skies.

Information can be found on the Columbia Eve Fest website. Volunteers are still needed and receive free entry.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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