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New Year's Eve in New Orleans

Top 10 New Year's Eve Destinations

Revelers flock to Bourbon Street for New Year's Eve in New Orleans


No slouch when it comes to throwing a party, the Big Easy rings in the New Year with vigor and verve. The place to be: Jackson Square, where Baby New Year drops from the top of Jax Brewery at midnight while fireworks scatter over the Mississippi River — book a steamboat cruise for prime viewing. Afterward, let the good times roll with all-night revelry on Bourbon Street.


Galatoire's: More than 100 years of tradition set the mood at this Bourbon Street landmark where Creole cuisine and classic jazz enliven the festivities.

Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar: New Year's Eve central is one of the most popular (ticketed) parties around with drinks flowing and the famous midnight Baby New Year ball drop.

Steamboat Natchez: NYE highlights include a holiday menu, open bar, live entertainment and dancing beneath fireworks and stars.


Hyatt Regency New Orleans: Stellar city views and the famed Big Night New Orleans, featuring DJs, live bands, multiple dance floors and an all-night open bar.

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans: A sweet spot on Bourbon Street, with wrought iron balconies for up-close-and-personal party viewing, plus Irving Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, home to one of the hottest NYE parties in town.

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