The party starts earlier than ever this year at First Night Springfield.
The annual New Year’s Eve celebration downtown will actually get underway this year on Sunday, December 29th… with the first ever First Night 5K “Run/Walk/Stroll” event, stepping off at 11am from Scheels, a new sponsor of the celebration.
On December 31st, activities will include another first… a buffet dinner at the Hoogland Center for the Arts from 5-7pm. Advance reservations are required for the dinner. Children’s events will be held in the afternoon at Springfield High, and the main entertainment downtown will run from a new start time of 5pm through 11:15… with fireworks at 8pm.
For more details, go to the Springfield Area Arts Council website, www.springfieldartsco.org.