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New Year Events in New Orleans

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Finding fun in New Orleans on New Year's Eve is almost too easy. And those celebrations cap off the Christmas holiday season and get everyone in the mood for the Mardi Gras season which is just around the corner. And this year, the Superbowl will be in the mix of winter excitement. Of course, finding fun on New Year's Eve in New Orleans is almost too easy.

For New Orleans kids, there are at least two special daytime New Year's Eve parties in New Orleans each year with countdown celebrations at noon rather than midnight. Children are also welcome as some late night events on New Year's Eve including the Creole Queen fireworks cruise.

Some of the Christmas and Holiday events are still going on through New Year's, including City Park 's Celebration in the Oaks.

Stay tuned, I'll be adding more New Year celebration options as other venues post their New Year's Eve and Day plans.

Downtown Celebrating & River Fireworks

Jackson Square in the French Quarter is ground zero for the big outside New Years Eve party which includes live entertainment. New Orleans' take on the New York City's Times Square ball drop, is the drop of the New Year's Baby from the Jax Brewery building. But in New Orleans, the party is just getting started at midnight after the drop.

The gigantic fireworks display from barges in the Mississippi River begins right after midnight. Crowds gather on the riverfront downtown, across the river on Algiers Point, along the levees and elsewhere in both directions to watch the fireworks display.

Obviously the French Quarter in general, including Bourbon Street of course, is a prime spot to celebrate the New Year. Frenchman Street in the Marigny is another downtown hot spot.

If you want to dress up and have a fancy New Years Eve - that's easy in New Orleans too. Many restaurants and hotels offer special evenings of gourmet food, drinks, and entertainment. Sometimes that even comes with a view. Usually reservations are required or strongly recommended.

River Paddleboat Party

See the midnight New Orleans fireworks from the Mississippi River itself on a late-night New Year's Eve cruise on the Creole Queen paddleboat. The cruise includes a late night buffet, open bar, champagne toast, party favors, and DJ entertainment. It's family-friend too, so bring the kids for the best view of the fireworks.

Jax Brewery Riverview Room

The Riverview Room in Jax Brewery building on Decatur Street is right in the middle of the downtown New Year's Eve action. It offers a great views, both from inside and outside, of the crowds and the midnight fireworks over the Mississippi river .

This party is also a chance to dress up and celebrate New Year's Eve in style. Dress is cocktail attire and black tie is encouraged. The night includes a buffet dinner, open bar, champagne, party favors, dancing to live music by the Top Cats. Make your reservations early. What more could you want for New Year's Eve in New Orleans.

"Party Like its 1945"

The National World War II Museum in the Warehouse District hosted New Year's Eve celebrations with a 1940's theme - "Party Like its 1945" .

There are two nostalgic New Years Eve options this year - One with a jazz club atmopshere and the Victory Belles entertaining. Another featuring dancing to the Victory Big Band. Check out the options and make reservations soon.

High Noon New Year's Party at the Zoo

The Audubon Zoo celebrates the New Year with a daytime family-friendly party including a non-alcoholic New Year toast at noon followed by the tradition singing of Auld Lang Syne.

The Pre-Count-Down Party starts at 10:30 am with entertainers, games and prizes. The party continues after the toasting with contests, games and dancing until 12:30 pm.

It's all included with regular zoo admission. This is just one of several special events at the zoo held throughout the year.

The Children's Museum New Year's Party - Noon Count-Down

The Louisiana Children's Museum on Julia Street in the Warehouse District holds a New Year's Eve party during the day with special activities and entertainment every year. The exciting high noon countdown ends with a balloon and confetti drop as well as a soft drink toast to the New Year.

More NYE Parties and Events

Click above to see an additional list of New Orleans New NYears Eve Options in 2012 including parties and fireworks in New Orleans neighborhoods and suburbs beyond the French Quarter, including the Northshore, as well as select club and hotel NYE galas.

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