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New Year's Eve in New Orleans
December 31, 2017

New Year's in New Orleans
New Year's in New Orleans
New Year's in New Orleans
New Year's in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for putting a twist on every holiday, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Whether it’s the fleur-de-lis drop, the fireworks, or the parties throughout the city, New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is one-of-a-kind. This year’s activities start early on December 31st and will last throughout the first day of 2018. New Years’ Eve in New Orleans this year is more exciting than ever – as 2018 marks New Orleans’ Tricentennial Celebration!


Between family-friendly activities during the day and parties all night long, there’s something for everyone on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. See below for events you won’t want to miss.

Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve and Jackson Square Celebrations

For an annual tradition with some New Orleans flair, make your way to Jackson Square in the hours leading up to midnight for live music, a view of the fleur-de-lis drop, and a spectacular fireworks show, Symphony in the Sky. Plus, watch the fleur-de-lis drop with Ryan Seacrest and other celebrity guests for the Central Time Zone New Years’ Countdown! Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Big Night New Orleans New Year’s Eve Gala

This New Year’s Celebration is one of the most glamorous ways to kick off 2018. Located at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of Downtown New Orleans, this event includes open bars all night, party rooms & dance floors, bands and DJs, party favors, and a huge midnight celebration! More information and tickets available here

Zoo Year’s Eve

Head to Audubon Zoo from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration! The event will feature music, games, prizes, and a countdown to Noon. The event is free for Audubon members or included with Zoo admission.

Louisiana Children’s Museum New Year’s Eve Countdown

For another great family-friendly event to ring in 2018, head to the Louisiana Children's Museum for music, arts & crafts, and a New Year’s countdown. The event lasts from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and tickets are available via the museum for $10 per person here.

Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade

No holiday in NOLA is complete without a parade! Head to the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 3:30 p.m. to catch this Mardi Gras-style parade with floats, bands, and more. The parade will proceed through the French Quarter, past Allstate Fan Fest, and wrap up at Canal Street.

Allstate Fan Fest

Allstate Fan Fest is back for its 12th year! Enjoy pre-game events and celebrations leading up to the Sugar Bowl. Events include football-themed activities, pep rallies, marching bands, music, and more. The fest is FREE to the public and open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 30 and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. January 1 at Jax Brewery in Jackson Square.

New Year’s Eve Extravanganza on the Steamboat NATCHEZ

Hop aboard this iconic paddleboat for a delicious buffet dinner, open bar, and live music to celebrate 2018. Boarding begins at the Toulouse Street Wharf at 9:30 p.m. with the boat departing shortly after, and cruising until midnight. Expect amazing views of the fireworks and a party on board until 12:30 a.m.
Don’t forget to book in advance and wear your favorite holiday attire. Tickets are available for $175 per person and more details can be found on the NATCHEZ’ official website here.

Food and Drink

In a city famous for its incredible culinary and cocktail scene, you’ll have a variety of options for food and drink throughout your New Year’s celebrations. Some restaurants offer special prix fixe menus on both New Year’s Eve and Day, and even more remain open throughout both holidays. Explore our holiday dining guide here for information about reveillon dinners, holiday cocktails, and more.


Enjoy plenty of hotel deals during this special time of year. For more information on discounts and deals for the holidays, head to our official holiday website and see all the participating offers here.

For the most current information and an overview of New Year’s Eve, visit the individual event websites.

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