New Year’s Eve events in Mid-Missouri

People celebrate First Night in Columbia on New Year’s Eve 2010.

People celebrate First Night in Columbia on New Year’s Eve 2010.

Those looking to celebrate the New Year Saturday night have a few options in Mid-Missouri.

First Night in Columbia is returning to celebrate the New Year in The District, complete with fireworks at midnight. The event starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and tickets are available for $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Children age 7 and under are allowed in free.

Several aspects of the festival are offered at no price to attendees including exhibits at the Columbia Art League Gallery, a “Create and Celebrate” children’s art area at the Calvary Episcopal Church and Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Boone County Courthouse square.

The festival will feature a variety of bands and performers, as well as spotlight local artists. The celebration also will include a 5K run/walk beginning at 4 p.m., with all performances beginning at 7 p.m.

And in Jefferson City, the Munichburg Tavern is hosting a Ring in The New Year event with a special menu, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. West of New York, a duo from Mid-Missouri, will be playing from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Truman Hotel will host a dinner at its in-house restaurant, Bingham’s. The restaurant will offer dinner specials and host special guest pianist Mike Michelson.

The Capital Ritz Dance Studio and Banquet Center also is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets cost $32.50 for the event, which features DJ “Babe” Gross, a buffet dinner, party favors and a champagne toast.

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