First Night Columbus is coming! Two nights from now, Columbus's great family-friendly celebration of the new year happens for the 17th time.

Events begin at 5 p.m. in Downtown Columbus and include a vast array of entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and even fitness activities at destinations like Veterans Memorial, COSI, Southern Theatre and other venues. A convenient shuttle-bus service connects you to everything! (and if you plan your evening right, you can also get in the Blue Jackets game at 7 p.m. in Nationwide Arena)Everything wraps up with fireworks at midnight!

To participate, you need to purchase an admission button ($8 right now at Giant Eagle stores and COSI, and $10 on Dec. 31) that gets you into everything without extra cost.

For more information, visit their website www.firstnightcolumbus.com.