New Year’s Eve may have been dreary and drizzly, but Saturday and Sunday will be cool and sunny – which is perfect for this weekend’s outdoor events.
For a New Year’s Celebration with over 8 million lights, fireworks and live music – head to Callaway Gardens starting at 6:00 p.m. EST and countdown to the New Year just before midnight.
If you made a resolution to work out more for the New Year – start off with a run in 2016 Saturday morning at Big Dog Running Company in Uptown Columbus. Run routes ranging from 3.1 to 10 miles.
You can check out local artists and vendors Saturday morning at Market Days – which for the first time is running all year long every Saturday morning till noon in Uptown Columbus.
If you still have your Christmas up but want to take it down, bring it by Cooper Creek Park, Dinglewood Park, Britt David Park or Shirley Winston Park in Columbus and recycle it from 9:00 a.m. EST to 1:00 p.m. EST Saturday. The last day to bring it to the chipper is Saturday! Keep Columbus Beautiful is hosting the event. Other recyclables like wrapping paper and cardboard boxes are also being accepted.
This weekend’s highlighted event is the fireworks happening on New Year’s Eve – which firefighters say can get a little crazy – but with all the rain we have received that should actually help out.
“We have had several instance depending on the weather of fired being started as a result of the misuse of fireworks. We’ve had years where haven’t really had that many but it depends on the weather conditions. Obviously, also there’s a lot of partying going on New Year’s night so we ask that people be responsible with drinking and getting home safely,” says EMS Chief Ricky Shores.
Chief Shores adds that on New Year’s Eve the hours for setting off fireworks is extended from 10:00 a.m. EST to 2:00 a.m. EST instead of 10:00 a.m. to midnight like on the Fourth of July.
FANTASY IN LIGHTS
WHAT: Over 8 million lights, 15 holiday scenes displayed outside to drive by
WHEN: Until January 2nd
WHERE: Callaway Gardens – Pine Mountain