From all of us here at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, we want to thank you for visiting Columbia this year. We love to welcome our visitors with open arms and give them an experience they can always remember. In 2012, changes like Mizzou moving to the Southeastern Conference meant new stream of fresh visitors were able to enjoy all Columbia has to offer.
As we move toward 2013, we’re excited for more changes in the coming year. We’re planning big things like a new brand, a new website, the Columbia Tourism Ambassadors program and more. Each big project is for you, the visitor. You can be sure when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s we’ll be ready to make Columbia the best destination it can be. We hope you’ll visit. We’d love to have you.
If you’re going to be in Columbia this December 31st, make sure to head down to The District to take in all the action at opens in a new windowFirst Night Columbia. This festive family event begins at 6:30 at venues throughout The District.
With a robust entertainment program, music is a huge component at First Night. Stop by the Columbia Art League Gallery for guitar and banjo music, First Presbyterian Church serves as the rock venue and the Missouri Theatre plays host to an array of acts ranging from Ironweed Bluegrass to classical rock by The Beethovens. All the venues are within close walking distance, making it easy to hop from spot to spot.
First Night Columbia celebrates more than music. Calvary Episcopal Church will be home to the Children’s Art Area, City Hall will have children’s entertainment and First Christian Church is the teen venue for the evening. You’ll also be entertained by street performers as you move from place to place.
Stay out late so you don’t miss the People’s Processions (an impromptu parade) from the Missouri Theatre to Courthouse Square. The new year rings in with cheers and a fireworks show. Definitely a can’t-miss highlight from this family evening out.
Make your plans now to attend First Night Columbia. Get your admission buttons now at The ARC, Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and Gerbes Supermarkets prior to the event or get them that night at First Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church or the Missouri Theatre. Bring the entire family for a night of festive family fun and welcome 2013!