The symphony in the sky and the fleur-de-lis drop are the official city celebrations for New Year's Eve. But leading up to the big moment, the young and the young-at-heart will find plenty of ways to greet 2018. Here are some highlights.
ZOO YEAR'S EVE: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The young and the young at heart can ring in the new year with a countdown to noon with music, games and prizes and party hats, noisemaker and a Pepsi for toasting while supplies last. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT NOON: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Make noisemaker and paper bag party hats to celebrate the new year at noon, with confetti toss and balloon release. Preregistration recommended. $10, $5 members. (504) 523-1357. lcm.org.
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Albinas Prizgintas, as the Phantom of the Opera, offers a program of vocals/piano/harpsichord/organ, remembering musical greats that passed away this year, including Fats Domino, Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and other, plus festive organ fanfares and more surprises. (504) 670-2520. trinistyartistseries.com.
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NEW YEAR'S EVE AT CRESCENT PARK: 7 p.m., Crescent Park, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Adult and family-friendly beverages, live music at 9:30 p.m. Chairs welcome, no fireworks. crescentparknola.org/events.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: 8 p.m., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. Bring a dish, with beer, wine and setups included, presented by the Abita Springs Women's Society adults-only. $30 advance, $35 door. (985) 377-5983.
NEW YEAR'S EVE: 9 p.m., BB's Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Ring in 2018 with Spencer Racca, Elizabeth Floyd and the Victory Swing Orchestra which begins with a complimentary Bellini and ends with a champagne toast and a midnight chocolate buffet. In between, dance 2017 away to the unrivaled sounds of the 1940s and a five-course, seated dinner. $184.99. (504) 528-1943. stagedoorcanteen.org.
"SYMPHONY ON THE SKY" AND FLEUR DE LIS DROP: Jackson Square, New Orleans. Fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River brings in the new year, choreographed to music, with the New Orleans-only fleur de lis drop countdown to midnight. crescentcitycountdown.com.
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