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Whatever you’re looking for: a super sparkly rooftop soiree or a chill night with beer and friends—there is absolutely something perfect for you in Columbus.
First of all, the Downtown offers a spectacular and free First Night Columbus, a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring unforgettable fireworks displays, numerous activities, live entertainment, and, of course, fun for all ages! This event is considered to be the biggest New Year occasion in the city.
Another family-friendly event is Wildlighs. This is a spectacular daily holiday light show that is open on New Year's Eve for a family's enjoyment. Just remember that it will not operate until midnight. During this annual holiday event, you'll be left speechless by animated musical light shows, millions of LED lights, and more holiday festivities. Special holiday food will also be highlighted on zoo menus.
If you're an adult, several bars in Columbus will warmly welcome you aboard on New Year's Eve and will swirl you in the eternal night dance.