10 Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

9. New Orleans: Midnight on the Mississippi

Only in New Orleans can you see a fleur-de-lis drop, (Courtesy: Crescent City Countown)

It’s not quite Mardi Gras season yet, but the Big Easy knows how to celebrate any time of year. The Crescent City Countdown includes a unique fleur-de-lis drop and fireworks over the Mississippi River. Music starts at 9 p.m. in Jackson Square, which gives you plenty of time to dine out in the French Quarter first, and party in the French Quarter after too. Just walk down Bourbon Street and follow the sounds of fun. Or you can just head straight to the Bourbon Vieux, which has “the biggest balcony on Bourbon.” The Hyatt will host Big Night New Orleans. You can also see some of the fireworks (and hear some of the music) on a classic river cruise on the Creole Queen or the Steamboat Natchez. Of course the partying doesn’t stop when the ball drops. On Jan. 1, the Superdome hosts the Sugar Bowl. Mardi Gras parades start a week later, so you could always just stay in town. You must experience one of the Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Best places to celebrate new year’s eve