Looking for ideas to ring in the New Year? All across town, this year’s line-up is jam-packed full of events for revelers of all ages, from counting down to noon with the children at Audubon Zoo to watching the fleur-de-lis drop at the Riverwalk at midnight.
Jackson Square is Ground Zero for New Year’s Eve celebrations — with Big Sam’s Funky Nation getting the official party underway at 9:30 p.m. followed by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience at 10:45 p.m. at the Decatur Street stage.
For unobstructed views of the 15-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza, “Symphony in the Sky,” head down to the Riverwalk and Woldenberg Park. Or take in the view with the city as its backdrop from the west bank, at Algiers Point. Once the 8-foot fleur-de-lis drops, lighting up the 2015 New Year sign above Jax Brewery, fireworks will shoot up from twin barges mid-river.
To listen to the live simulcast of the soulful New Orleans-themed soundtrack tune in to Magic 101.9 FM, WWL-AM 870 and WWL-FM 105.3 and WWL.com.
Party like it’s … 2015
Take center stage at the Jax Brewery NYE Ball Drop, the official home of the New Orleans countdown. Watch the fireworks spray above the Mississippi River from the Jax Brewery balcony. Mesmerizing performances by acro-contortionists and aerial artists will be featured throughout the night.
Tickets start at $85. From 9 p.m. at 620 Decatur St. For more information call (504) 333-6914 or visit http://www.jaxnola.com/neworleansnyeballdrop/.
The Sugar Bowl’s Allstate Fan Fest will take over the Jax Brewery parking lot, at Decatur and North Peters streets, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. in anticipation of the Ohio State vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl playoff game New Year’s Day. There will be marching bands, cheerleaders and mascots from both teams, plus football-themed activities and live music. For more information visit http://www.allstatesugarbowl.org/site29.php/
More than 3,000 people will be dancing their way into the new year at Big Night New Orleans, New Year’s Eve Gala. Spread throughout multiple rooms and dance floors, the all-inclusive ticket price features food buffets, open bars, 10 live local and national performances, such as Brass-A-Holics, 610 Stompers, DJ Mike Swift, Kid Kamillion and Cowboy Mouth.
Tickets start from $115, but may go up without notice. From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave. For more information call (504) 561-1234 or visit http://bignightneworleans.com/ .
Swing in the new wear at the World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. Playing host to two ticketed events, the Stage Door Canteen has a first seating at 5 p.m., which includes a three-course meal, dancing to the Victory Belles and Champagne toast. Second seating is at 9 p.m. and includes a four-course meal, open bar and dancing to the Victory Six and The Victory Band.
Tickets for first seating are $100; second seating, $200. The Stage Door Canteen is at 945 Magazine St. For more information call (504) 528-1943 or visit www.stagedoorcanteen.org.
Countdown to midday
Children of all ages can ring in the new year at Audubon Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve. Festivities will get underway at 10:30 a.m. with Terrence Simien, a Grammy-award winning zydeco musician, vocalist and songwriter. Simien will lead his south Louisiana rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.”
There will be complimentary party hats, noise makers and a soft drink toast. Little revelers can also have their picture taken with ice princesses, princes, the Saintsations and there will be lots of giveaways and activities.
Free for Audubon members or with zoo admission. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 6500 Magazine St. For more information call (800) 774-7394 or visit http://www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo
Or, count down to noon with Sesame Street’s The Count at Louisiana Children’s Museum. Create a noise maker and paper hat before balloons and confetti bursts all around at noon, plus live music by the Red Hot Brass Band.
Festivities go from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 420 Julia St. Member tickets are $5, non-members, $10, children under 12 months free. Online registration closes Monday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. For more information call (504) 523-1357 or visit www.lcm.org.