New Year's Eve in New Orleans
December 31, 2015
In New Orleans, we celebrate New Year's Eve differently from most places. Sure, we have funny hats and noisemakers, but we add a little pizzazz to the occasion by ringing in the New Year our own way. And this year’s festivities will not disappoint!
For the biggest party in the city, head down to Jackson Square – the Quarter will be packed with festive partygoers and live music to count down the time until the New Year arrives. And instead of the typical New Year’s Ball drop, New Orleans will have its giant fleur de lis drop from its perch on the top of Jax Brewery, followed by a magnificent fireworks show over the Mississippi.
The evening will begin at the Decatur Street City Stage with live music and entertainment by Big Sam’s Funky Nation at 9:30 p.m. followed by Terrance Simien + the Zydeco Experience from 10:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Then all can watch, as the giant fleur de lis descends from a 25-foot pole on top of the Jax Brewery Condominiums, and the “Symphony in the Sky” begins with fireworks over the beautiful Mississippi River.
And after the show you can follow the crowds to Bourbon Street and party til’ the early morning, or break away from the group and find your own special spot to celebrate in.
For more details on the fleur de lis drop and fireworks visit www.CrescentCityCountdown.com
Dining on New Year’s Eve
Are big crowds not for you? Make a reservation at one of the city’s many fine restaurants and celebrate the evening over delectable meals and of course, lots of bubbly – ‘tis the season, after all. Many restaurants offer special deals or packages for the evening, so make sure you check ahead to ensure the perfect night for you, your loved ones and friends.
In the mood for more live music? This year’s party-style concerts will keep you dancing all night. Many venues will offer hor d’ouevres and open bars with a flat cover fee. Bigger name venues like Tipitina’s and the House of Blues will throw quite the festive parties, while smaller, more intimate bars and clubs will also feature amazing entertainment to make sure your New Years celebration is unforgettable. When planning your trip, make sure you check out who is playing where and since some venues sell out before the big night, check and see if you can purchase tickets ahead of time.
Fun for the Whole Family
If you’re looking for a celebration the whole family can enjoy, there will be some great options for kids – or even just the young at heart! The Louisiana Children’s Museum will host its annual Countdown to Noon – a festive celebration featuring games, entertainment, and a New Years countdown complete with balloon and confetti drops, and live music by the Red Hot Brass Band! This year’s event will be from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person for Members; $10 per person for Non-Members. Pre-registration is recommended.
The Audubon Zoo also usually hosts a “Noon Years Eve” celebration, so your little party animal can ring in the New Year in one of the country’s top-rated Zoos. This event features live music, games and prizes, and a countdown with sparkling apple cider.
Whether your ideal New Years is spent in fancy cocktail attire, or comfy blue jeans, with all of your closest friends and relatives, or in a crowd full of new faces, the perfect evening awaits you in New Orleans.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan on spending New Year’s Eve in New Orleans you need to make your reservations as soon as possible. The Allstate Sugar Bowl is being played on January 1 and hotel rooms will start filling up several weeks before that.