Contact: Parks and Recreation, 874-7460
Ring in the New Year at mid-Missouri's premier celebration! Doors for First Night activities in the District on December 31 will open at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment planned from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Revelers will enjoy a spectacular variety of entertainment at 12 venues in downtown Columbia.
The entertainment theme "It's All About the Guitar!" will highlight numerous performers who have mastered a variety of guitar playing styles.
Young visitors can visit the "Create and Celebrate" area and participate in their own procession at 9:15 p.m. that will end with a fireworks display. Teen bands will perform at the First Christian Church throughout the night. At 11:30 p.m., the People's Procession will lead revelers to the finale at Courthouse Square with a countdown and fireworks at midnight.
Purchase your admission button at the Columbia Parks and Recreation office at #1 South 7th Street, the ARC at Ash and Clinkscales, Streetside Records and Gerbes Supermarkets for $8. Those 7 and under will be admitted free, and those purchasing a button ahead of time will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Admission will be $10 at the door.
The annual First Night 5K Run/Walk will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Cyclextreme.
Volunteer Information- Volunteers are needed for First Night to help with sales, ushering, button checking, and the children's art area. It takes approximately 200 volunteers to produce First Night - so please lend a hand for a few hours and receive free admission to First Night! To volunteer, call 874-7499.
General Information - First Night Columbia is a non-profit organization. For general information, call Parks and Recreation at 874-7460 or visit: www.firstnightcolumbia.org. Media can contact director, Jane Accurso firstname.lastname@example.org, 573 673-8477.
First Night Columbia is sponsored by City of Columbia, Columbia Convention and Visitors Tourism Development Program, KPLA 101.5 & KFRU 1400 Radio, KOMU-TV8, Missouri Arts Council (a state agency) and Columbia Parks and Recreation.