Get your count down on at Jackson Square, near our New Orleans bed and breakfast, for live music with Eric Lindell and the Honey Island Swamp Band. Just before midnight, from the top of Jax Brewery, the 8-foot-tall fleur-de-lis drops down to switch on the 2014 light.
After the drop, you will want to keep your eyes on the sky for a spectacular 10-minute firework display, consistently ranked one of the best in the nation. You’ll find a club in the French Quarter or along Frenchman Street that will be perfect for your ongoing celebration of the new year. You can also reserve a spot on one of our historic paddlewheel riverboats to watch the fireworks and enjoy some music and food.
If the French Quarter scene isn’t for you, check out local listings to find your favorite band or discover a new love at some of New Orlean’s great music venues such as Tipitina’s, the Howlin’ Wolf, or the new Civic Theatre on Freret Street near our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.
The Grand Victorian wishes you a safe and happy new year. We look forward to seeing you during your travels in 2014.
St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, hostsfree concerts until Christmas Eve, featuring New Orleans’ best in jazz, gospel and classical holiday music. Just outside St. Louis Cathedral you’ll find a decades old tradition of Caroling in Jackson Square. It is a truly moving holiday tradition beloved by locals and visitors held by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas. December 22, 7pm.
Also moving, but in a slightly different way is the annual festival and pub crawl, Running of the Santas. An anticipated 4,000 costumed revelers will jingle their way around the business district on December 14.
Running of the Santas pub crawl on Dec 14
Finally, add a new tradition to your holiday experience. On Christmas Eve, take a drive along the Mississippi River west of the city to view the bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus.
The activity “planking” has been taking the country by storm. The trend elicits people from all over to share pictures of the “planker” lying facedown and hands touching his or her sides. These guys take planking to the next level as they plank throughout New Orleans. From Jackson Square, to, dare we say it, Bourbon Street, this “planker” has no inhibitions has he entertains locals and tourists with his planking abilities (and hygiene, or lack thereof).
Maybe the ball doesn’t drop down in the Big Easy, but New Year’s in New Orleans is a unique event everyone should experience. Whether walking the streets of the French Quarter or dining in New Orleans’ finest restaurants, there is sure to be an event that suits your needs.
Jackson Square hosts the biggest party in the city with thousands on New Orleans’ finest. The city has it’s own traditions as “Baby Bacchus” drops from the top of Jax Brewery at midnight. The origin of peacefully dropping the infant of Saint John the Baptist stems from the strong influence of French Catholics that built the Crescent City. The drop is followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the Mississippi River.
For a calmer night, make reservations at one of New Orleans’ restaurants. If you want to stay within the Garden District, the award-winning Commander’s Palace is just a block away from the Grand Victorian. Or you can head downtown on the Streetcar and dine among the New Year’s chaos. Many restaurants offer specials and packages to make the night extraordinary.
Discover New Orleans’ one-of-a-kind music scene on Frenchmen Street. There are dozens of bars and clubs that showcase unforgettable local artists, especially jazz. Bring in 2011 with Galactic, a funk/rock band, at Tipitina’s or Better Than Ezra, a rock band, at the House of Blues. You are sure to find a band that you can dance the night away while listening to live music.
Start off your New Year right by celebrating with your loved ones in New Orleans. It is the perfect place to drink and dine before your resolutions begin. And if this year’s resolution is to enjoy yourself, then it’s the first step in your quest to have the time of your life!