Fireworks are just the beginning of local New Year’s celebrations

If you’re looking for a few ideas for your New Year’s celebration, then gather your family and friends and head down to the French Quarter, where most of the action, on and off the streets, will be taking place.

Fireworks and Jackson Square

Join the throngs of revelers this new year at Jackson Square, ground zero of the New Year’s Eve celebrations. The party will officially kick off with Eric Lindell at 9 p.m. at the Decatur Street stage at Jackson Square, followed by the Honey Island Swamp Band at 10:30 p.m.

Watch the 8-foot fleur-de-lis drop, lighting up the 2014 New Year sign above Jax Brewery, as you count down to midnight, then be mesmerized by the 10-minute fireworks display over the Mississippi River.

To listen to the live simulcast of the New Orleans-themed soundtrack tune in to WLMG-FM 101.9, and WWL-AM 870 and WWL-FM 105.3 and WWL.com

Riverboat Cruises

Looking to be in the midst of all the action? Step onboard one of New Orleans’ classic paddlewheel riverboats, the Natchez or the Creole Queen, and cruise the Mississippi River for the duration of the midnight fireworks display. The late-night buffet, open bar and entertainment is all-inclusive.

For information on the Creole Queen New Year’s Eve cruise visit www.bigeasystore.com/CC/holiday-newyearseve-2013.html or for the Natchez visit www.steamboatnatchez.com/ reservations.html

Reveillon Dinner

Get a taste of some local Creole tradition this New Year’s Eve at one of the many French Quarter restaurants hosting reveillon dinners. A tradition from the mid-1800’s, restaurants will be serving up a delectable four-course feast of both traditional and modern cuisine.

Find a restaurant to suit your palate at https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/?post_type=mcm_reveillion.

Child-friendly events

Noon is the new midnight at these family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Louisiana Children’s Museum will be hosting its annual “Countdown to Noon” party where children of all ages can have confetti and balloons rain down upon them at high noon as they make party hats and noisemakers and dance to the Lagniappe Brass Band. Visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum website http://lcm.org/ for more details.

At the other end of town, run wild at Audubon Zoo as it rings in the new year at the annual “Zoo Year’s Eve” celebration, with live music, fun activities and sparkling apple cider, also at noon.

Visit http://www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo-years-eve for details.