New Year's celebrations scheduled across Lowcountry, state

VIDEO: New Year's celebrations scheduled across Lowcountry, state

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands across the Lowcountry planning to ring in 2016 with their friends and family and there are plenty of events planned for one of the biggest party nights of the year.

On Folly Beach, hundreds of people are expected to fill Center Street for the big Flip Flop Drop.

Instead of dropping the ball, a giant pair of flip-flops will descend from the top of the Tides Beach Front Hotel at midnight. Organizers say, to get a good spot, you're going to want to come early.

There's also the Yorktown Countdown in Mount Pleasant.

More than 1,500 people are expected to board the ship from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. to enjoy live music and deejays. The event website indicates online tickets are sold out but a limited number of tickets may still remain at the door.

On James Island, you can enjoy fireworks at James Island County Park. The fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.

While you're there, be sure to check out the Holiday Festival of Lights. The annual event warps up this weekend. Admission is $15 a vehicle for up to 15 people and it is open every evening, rain or shine.

If you're looking to do something early in the evening, Happy New Year's Charleston starts at 4 p.m.

The community celebration offers what they're calling a non-alcoholic and family-oriented alternative program to celebrate the New Year. Located at Marion Square, the free program has comedy, African dancing, art, music and more.

Across the state, meanwhile, Columbia is getting ready to ring in the new year with its "Famously Hot New Year's Eve" carnival. If you're planning to head to Columbia, be prepared to deal with street closures in the downtown area. Admission to the carnival is free. The family-friendly event has rides, games, food and ice skating.

The carnival is part of the larger "Famously Hot New Year" event at Main and Gervais Streets in front of the state house that will include a free outdoor concert from five-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill and South Carolina bands SUSTO, ColorBlind and Dead 27s. Organizers say "the most colossal New Year's Eve fireworks in the two Carolinas" will also be set at the state house.

If you are headed up Highway 17 to Myrtle Beach instead,  you can ring in the New Year with the annual Southern Times Square.

The event features live bands playing on two different stages and as the clock ticks closer to midnight, a live feed of Times Square will play from a Jumbotron.

Then, when the clock strikes midnight, a fireworks show will usher in the new year!
The event is family friendly with tons of food games and even a beer vendor.

Finally there is the event that most of you probably will be doing: staying in with your family and counting down the clock together.

However you choose to celebrate the start of 2016, make it a safe start to the new year!

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