From: Saturday, December 2, 2023
To: Sunday, December 31, 2023
Gay Christmas & New Year’s Eve in New Orleans 2023
New Orleans is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year, from gala dinners to all-night parties, street celebrations and more.
- Are you visiting New Orleans for New Year’s Eve? Stay at the stunning Virgin Hotels New Orleans, rated “Superb” by guests and host of official pool parties, beautifully decorated rooms and great location.
Krampus New Orleans
- Awaiting Dates – Krampus knows when you’ve been naughty, and he doesn’t care if you’ve been nice. The Krewe of Krampus returns with the largest Krampus parade in America, full of all sorts of Christmas monsters and characters.
- The Sisters of SHHH, the Y’ules, and our two new troupes, the Barbegazi and Dance of the Edelweiss, will all be there, so beware.
- In New Orleans, there’s never a bad time for a parade. And when it comes to holiday parading, there’s no better way to celebrate than with the New Orleans Holiday Parade and Jingle on the Boulevard parades.
- Put on your Santa hat and watch floats, reindeer, stilt performers, snowmen, and fantastic live jazz musicians stroll by.
- Typically the first Saturday of December – Holiday Parade – The French Market through Downtown, ending with a holiday experience and concert in Lafayette Square from 1–3 pm!
- Typically the last Saturday before Christmas Day at noon – Jingle on the Boulevard – Jingle on the Boulevard celebrates the holiday season throughout New Orleans East by highlighting the local retailers, restaurants, and shops along its trail. Follow along as the parade rolls down Crowder Boulevard to Haynes Boulevard, making its way to Read Boulevard and strolling to Lake Forest Plaza.
- Awaiting dates – LUNA Fête is a free and public interactive light festival held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Pedestrian Park.
- This attraction is the perfect place to make new and cherished holiday memories, featuring innovative light and projection art, jaw-dropping visuals, and colourful performances. The event also features local food, drink and craft vendors serving the best regional flavours and ingenuity. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind holiday experience.
NYE Countdown Jackson Square
- For the biggest party in the city, head to Jackson Square for the annual NYE countdown.
- The Quarter is packed with festive partygoers eager to countdown the arrival of the new year.
- Just as New York has the Ball drop, New Orleans has the Fleur De Lis drop, followed by fireworks over the Mississippi.
- Events kick off at 10 pm with live music and shows. Arrive early.
- Jackson Square is a historic and iconic meeting space in New Orleans and is always a hub for local events.
- Check out the best places to stay and grab a hotel deal in the French Quarter; just a two-minute walk from the square.
Fireworks Viewing Points
- Crescent Park offers fantastic views along the Mississippi, giving visitors an excellent view of the annual fireworks show.
- The park stays open until 1 am for the New Year’s eve celebrations and can be accessed via Bywater and Faubourg Marigny.
- Those looking to see the display against the New Orleans skyline can take the Algiers/Canal Street ferry to Algiers Point.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade
- The New Year’s eve parade is a Mardi Gras style parade kicking off at 2 pm on New Year’s Eve.
- The parade begins at the “bottom” of the Quarter, where it meets Faubourg Marigny at Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street intersection.
- It moves through the French Quarter, past some of that neighbourhood’s most iconic landmarks, including the French Market and Jackson Square.
- Events culminate with a two-minute finale show on Decatur Street at 3 pm.
- The offbeat Marigny district is known for its Cajun bistros, bohemian bars and jazz clubs, especially along Frenchmen Street.
Gay NYE Parties in New Orleans.
- NYE at The Bourbon Pub Parade – Two Floors, the party kicks off at 4 pm and until 2 am. Hosted by Aubery Sinclaire with DJ Liz, Chris Allen, and Bill Hincks, complete with a Cash Balloon Drop at Midnight.
- The Phoneix – New Year’s Eve kicks off at 9 pm with the Men of Onyx Beer Bust, followed by music all night long with DJ Sammy Jo.
- OZ Bar – Events kick off at 5 pm with “Dance Bitches Dance”, followed by Drag Bingeaux at 6.30 pm and Misc4Misc counting down the New Year.
- Stay close to all the gay parties along Bourbon Street at the Hotel St.Marie rated “Fabulous” by guests just steps from all the events.
- True to New Orleans’ spirit, the Drage scene is a melting pot of queer culture, with stage acts blending the lines between the worlds of Drag and Burlesque.
- The Sisters of Saint Claude – Held bi-weekly on Fridays at 10 pm at The Allways Lounge & Cabaret, The Sisters of St. Claude is a Drag and Burlesque variety revue featuring a rotation of local favourites and special guests!
- Freaky Friday at Oz – Drag show hosted by Ivy Dripp and JoJo (with DJ Tim Pflueger) features acts that celebrate glam and horror! The show is 21+, and tickets are $5 at the door.
- You can find The Country Club’s infamous drag brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am & 1 pm Featuring classic drag acts; one thing is for sure: you’ll want to plan ahead, as these brunches get booked up to several months in advance.
Recommended Hotels in New Orleans
The best place to stay is in the French quarter, which is where you will find most of the gay bars and clubs,
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of New Orleans
If you want to be close to all of New Orleans famous attractions, including the top gay-nightlife options in the city, the French Quarter remains the hub of where to stay, with dozens of hotels of all types and grades.. Adjacent to the Quarter and just downriver, you’ll find a number of gay-friendly smaller properties in historic and trendy Faubourg Marigny, which is also home to several gay-popular restaurants and bars.
Recommended Hotels in New Orleans By Booking
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We have chosen hotels in New Orleans that keep you close to all the shops, restaurants & bars
The Roosevelt Hotel
5 Star, Luxury
- 5 Star – Lovely Rooftop Bar, Full-Service Spa
- A short walk to the gay bars
- 42-inch TV, luxury amenities
- Elegant 5-star hotel, 15 minutes to Jackson Square, with a rooftop bar, fully equipped spa, and luxurious rooms.
Omni Royal, 4 Star
Sophisticated & Stylish
- 4 Star – 4-Diamond Luxury, Pinnacle Award Winner
- Close to the gay district
- Fashionable corner location
- On St. Louis at Royal, offers 4-diamond luxury, award-winning meeting services, and sophisticated style.
Royal Sonesta, 4 Star
Right on Bourbon Street
- 4 Star – On Bourbon Street, Outdoor Pool
- Close to the gay district
- WiFi, flat-screen TV, refrigerator
- In the French Quarter, offers accommodation with an outdoor pool, bars, jazz club, and modern art.
French Market Inn
3 Star Central Location
- 3 Star – Located in an Historic 1800s Building
- Close to the gay district
- Coffee facilities, air-conditioned
- Historic hotel in the French Quarter, built in the 1800s, simple rooms with coffee facilities and a short walk from Jackson Square.
Video Christmas & NYE in New Orleans
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Top Gay Neighbourhoods in New Orleans
New Orleans doesn’t have distinct gay neighbourhoods in the same way as some other cities like West Hollywood or Chelsea in New York City. However, the city is known for being LGBTQ+ friendly, and you’ll find gay-friendly establishments and events scattered throughout various neighbourhoods, especially along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
French Quarter | Home to Bourbon Street
Photo: Laissez les bons temps rouler! Bourbon Street is at the heart of Gay NOLA.
- The French Quarter is the historic heart of New Orleans and is located along the Mississippi River.
- Famous for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere along Bourbon Street and the legendary Oz and Bourbon Parade Pub.
- The quarter is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in New Orleans and is known for its distinctive Spanish and French Creole architecture.
- Discover the best things to see and do in the French Quarter
Downriver from the French Quarter with colourful, eclectic houses & a vibrant arts scene along Frenchman St.
East of the Marigny and close to Crescent Park with stunning views of the River and the NOLA skyline.
Known as the Arts District, perfect for art enthusiasts & museum-goers with trendy restaurants & boutique hotels.
The CBD offers easy access to Bourbon Street and a variety of dining options, shops, and cultural attractions.