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Spend New Year’s Eve 2011 in New Orleans

When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve in style, New York's Times Square has nothing on New Orleans. Why? In New York, thousands of people stand around in the cold streets for hours in the chilly winter cold, waiting for a ball to drop. And then, ten minutes after that happens, it's all over. The police and street sweepers are clearing everyone off the sidewalks. All that’s left to do is head home or to a bar somewhere other than Manhattan. Do you really want to deal with that traffic or trying to catch a spot on the subway?

New Orleans does things a little differently. Midnight on New Year's Eve is just the beginning!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in New Orleans

The French Quarter is the hub of New Year's Eve in New Orleans. The party literally happens in the streets, from Bourbon Street to Jackson Square, where New Year's Eve crowds congregate for the Fleur de Lis drop at Jax Brewery (New Orleans version of the Times Square ball drop) and fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. For the best views, hit these French Quarter hotels and hot spots. Access to locations may be reserved for ticketed guests. For more information and tickets, call the hotel or bar.

New Years’s Eve in New Orleans with Kids

If you're looking for a celebration the kids can enjoy, there are fun options in New Orleans for the whole family. The Louisiana Children's Museum hosts an annual Countdown to Noon – a festive celebration featuring games, entertainment, and a New Year's countdown to 12:00pm noon, complete with balloon and confetti drops and a soda-pop toast. Festive hats and noisemakers are also included to make the afternoon an extra-special affair.

If your kids want to see animals instead,the Audubon Zoo offers the little wild ones "Noon Year's Eve," complete with live music, games, prizes and a countdown to noon topped with a sparkling cider toast, perfect for those parents who are planning on letting their kids sleep that night while they see the nightlife of New Orleans on New Year’s Eve.

New Orleans Live Music on New Year’s Eve

New Orleans does everything it can to accommodate all visitors while ensuring a safe and happy experience for everyone throughout the year. Dress code at many New Orleans club events will reflect the cover charge, though on New Year’s Eve it is never a bad idea to dress your best.


Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta hotel in the French Quarter offers food, drink and best of all, great jazz. It all starts at 7:30 with Passed Hors d’oeuvres with wine during reception, then a 5 Course Dinner Paired with Wine at 8pm (live music during dinner & reception). At 9:45 p.m.

Stroll from Fleur de Lis Suite to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse with and Open Premium Bar and Custom Martini Bar till 2 am. Veuve Cliquot Toast at Midnight with Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse Revue featuring Irvin Mayfield and special guests. Cocktail Attire Required. 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. $500.00 per Ticket Inclusive of Tax, Gratuity & Parking in the Hotel's Garage.

House of Blues

The House of Blues always has a great concert and an open bar for New Year's Eve.

Clubs and Bars

As clubs and bars become packed to capacity, you may have slim chance of getting in at some of the most popular New Orleans NYE concerts and events. If you don't have a ticket, be prepared to pay cover at some of the best clubs in the city.

Only the Beginning of all the Activities New Orleans offers on New Year’s Eve!

Whatever your preference is, New Orleans has all the bases covered for New Year's Eve: everything you could possibly imagine for everyone. It's a time you will never forget! Once you've experienced New Year's Eve in New Orleans, you won't want to celebrate it anywhere else. That's a promise!

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1 Response » to “ Spend New Year’s Eve 2011 in New Orleans”
  1. Anonymous wrote:
    December 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    The wife and I had a lot of fun at Omni Royal Orleans hotel rooftop last year. I would recommend it for young couples.

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