The 2017 Guide to New Year’s Eve Events in Columbia, SC

The time has come to put 2016 in the rearview and start planning the new year from scratch. What will you do? Where will you go? Who will you see? Those questions and more are answered within, so read below to discover some of Columbia’s finest New Year’s Eve parties and winter events that will help make the beginning of your 2017 momentous.

Famously Hot New Year

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The countdown begins with South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve party. Free to attend and suitable for all ages, the Famously Hot New Year event will be held in front of the historic State House, offering energetic live music, a vibrant atmosphere, food and drinks (including alcohol), WiFi, and many fun activities. Nineties Southern rock gods, Sister Hazel, and the headlining act, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, will perform a free concert in the center of Columbia as a  lead-in to the new year. The midnight countdown will end with a dazzling fireworks display that says arrivederci to 2016 and ciao to 2017. Columbia, SC, events don’t get any better than this.

When: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. on December 31st
Where: 1201 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC


New Year’s Eve at World of Beer

Ready to celebrate more than just the ringing in of the new year? Head over to World of Beer for their New Year’s Eve soiree and set your taste buds free to indulge in the delicious ales, stouts, lagers, and any other types of beer on the menu. And on January 1st, don’t forget to stick around for the New Year’s Day Brunch, where football will be played on every TV, and snack foods will be served to the delight of many hungover patrons.

When: Begins at 8:00 p.m. on December 31st
Where: The Vista @ 902 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC


WNOK Bridal Expo

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Time to kick wedding season into full gear! If you’ve just gotten engaged (congratulations), you’ll want to start the year planning for the big day at Columbia’s enormous WNOK Bridal Expo. On January 8th, you’re invited to the convention to seek out advice from professional wedding planners, tailors, and vendors, as well as browse the current bridal gown styles, trends, and fits. It’s one of the best altogether wedding expos in Columbia, and it costs just $12 to attend.

When: Starts at 1:00 p.m. on January 8th, 2017
Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center @ 1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out of This World


If you’re ready for an enthralling performance full of action, comedy, and wonderment, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is right up your alley. Starting at just $18 for admission, their show, Out of This World, opens on Thursday, January 26th and runs through the weekend. Its main storyline should entice just about every audience member; the Circus Space Fleet takes to the starlit galaxy on a mission to bring their squad of performers back to Earth. What else would you expect from the “greatest show on Earth”?

When: January 26th – January 29th, 2017
Where: Colonial Life Arena @ 801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC


Monster Jam

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What’s got an engine as loud as a jet, tires bigger than most sedans, and can be found this winter in Columbia? You guessed it—monster trucks. They’ll crush. They’ll race. They’ll vroom-vroom until the stadium sells out of hot dogs. But most of all, they’ll give you a form of pure entertainment found nowhere else in the world! With prices starting at $18, Monster Jam is a real go-to event in 2017 for families both big and small. 

When: Starting at 7:00 p.m. on January 10th & 11th, 2017
Where: Colonial Life Arena @ 801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC


Winter Jam

Showcasing over ten bands and performers, the Winter Jam Tour hits Columbia, SC, in late February to what will surely be amazing fanfare. Grammy®-nominated artists and Top-40 phenoms will display their musical prowess on stage for all to see. Acts include Crowder, Colton Dixon, Britt Nicole, and much more. Grab your tickets today—they start at only $10.

When: Starting at 7:00 p.m. on February 24th, 2017
Where: Colonial Life Arena @ 801 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC


Start 2017 With a New Set of Wheels

Even with all the incredible events here in Columbia, there may be no better way to ring in the new year than with a new car. As a premier Hyundai and used car dealer in Columbia, we’ll happily help you make and stick to your 2017 resolution of becoming an owner of a bright and shiny new vehicle. If you live in Columbia or the nearby areas of Lexington, Rock Hill, or even Augusta, GA, contact Jim Hudson Hyundai at 866-403-7561 to find the best deal on your next used or new Hyundai near Lexington, SC.

Have a safe and happy New Year!




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