Guide to Famously Hot New Year 2015: Deals, Food, Transportation, Parties and Events
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:35 AM by Alli Finkelston
Discover the New Year on South Carolina's Main Street with the largest free NYE party in the state. Ring in 2015 at the footsteps of the picturesque South Carolina State Capitol from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. as 26,000 of your closest friends countdown to midnight during the largest New Year's fireworks display in the two Carolinas.
Famously Hot New Year never disappoints with top-notch live performances and this year is no exception. Dance the night away with Misterwives an up-beat indie pop band making their Southeast premiere. Then, groove to local favorites, Lefty at the Washout with their unique, sun-soaked blend of reggae and rock. Finally, start a Love Train with soulful living legends the O'Jays. Stock up on your noise makers and poppers, because this party is guaranteed to start the New Year with a bang as the fireworks erupt at the stroke of midnight.
Need a break from your dancing shoes? Take a load off in the brand-new "comfort zone." Craving a VIP experience? Pop the champagne in the indoor, ticketed VIP Absolut Crescent Lounge with open bar, a front-row view of the entertainment, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Southern Way Catering and exclusive, convenient parking.
There's no need to stress with seven convenient city parking garages offering free, safe spots. Or, save some gas and hop aboard The COMET which will be named "The Love Train" for the night in honor of the O'Jay's hit song. Pick up a Comet wristband or pass for $3 from participating hotels and restaurants to be transported to and from South Carolina's Main Street. For more information, visit Famously Hot New Year's website.
Make a night out of it with a fancy pre-party affair at the Oak Table's NYE Party, Cantina 76's swanky lounge or by savoring the New Year's Eve Pre Fix Menu at Blue Marlin. Get pampered at FHNY's host hotel, the Columbia Marriott, positioned in the center of the action or at one of these other first-class hotels listing NYE deals and free shuttle service to the main event.
Get a midnight snack of Chinese food and a burger from the popular food trucks, Island Noodles and Pawley's Mobile Eats. Both will be in attendance as well as other scrumptious eats from vendors.
Other Main Street Events
Main Street is surprisingly cool with a full ice rink in the middle of downtown. Practice your figure eights until the stroke of midnight at Main Street Ice.
Kick off your healthy New Year's resolution with the "Famously Hot" Main Street Crit. It features three races - a Kids Fun Run at 3:00 p.m., an Open 5K at 3:30 p.m., and an Elite 8K at 4:45 p.m.
City of Columbia's Wow! New Year's Eve Carnival will have fun for all ages with amusement rides, carnival games, karaoke, food & drink vendors and even a Ferris wheel.