Spend New Years Eve New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the best cities in the country, and even the world, to spend New Year’s Eve. There is something to do for everyone, no matter your age or activity preference. Besides these special events, all of New Orleans’ best restaurants and lounges will be open for New Year’s Eve dining and entertainment.

New Year’s Eve Events in New Orleans

Zoo Year’s Eve – Ring in the New Year with the whole family during the day at Zoo Year’s Eve at the Audubon Zoo! From 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., there will be music, games and prizes. There will be a countdown to noon with party hats and noise makers, plus non-alcoholic drinks provided by Pepsi for toasting and a sing along of “Auld Lang Syne.” Following will be live music by the Imagination Movers. Admission is free for Audubon Zoo members or comes with regular Zoo admission.

Fleur de Lis Drop – Come out for the annual Crescent City Countdown and see the fleur de lis drop at the Jax Brewery. Right after the fleur de lis drop, enjoy the grand Symphony in the Sky fireworks. Leading up to the midnight celebration, Jackson Square will hold a party of its own with live music including Brassaholics from 9:00 – 9:45 p.m., Mia Borders from 10:00 – 10:40 p.m. and Bonerama from 11:00 – 11:40 p.m.

Music – It wouldn’t be a New Orleans celebration without some amazing live music, and you can expect some of the best New Orleans has to offer on New Year’s Eve. Local funk favorites Galactic will return to Tipitina’s for their annual New Year’s Eve show and energetic young rockers The Revivalists will be performing at the beautiful newly renovated Civic Theatre. Start the New Year off with some great live music!

If you’re a resident of 1st Lake’s apartments in Kenner, Metairie or River Ridge, you’re right next door to these awesome New Year’s Eve celebrations!

Christmas Cheer New Orleans

New Orleans truly is a magical place for the holidays. Immediately following Thanksgiving, there are a variety of joyous events to partake in. Fortunately for the 1st Lake community, if you are a resident of the Metairie, Kenner or River Ridge apartments close to New Orleans, you’re right next to all the fun. Take a look at what events the holiday season will bring this year.

Celebrate Christmas in New Orleans

Christmas Events in New Orleans

Celebration in the Oaks – This giant Christmas light display opens the day after Thanksgiving in New Orleans. Thirteen acres of New Orleans City Park will be illuminated with elaborate light exhibits that people of all ages can enjoy. There will be the classic displays like Mr. Bingle and the Cajun Night Before Christmas, plus train rides circling the two miles covered in lights, and hot chocolate for the kids and hot buttered rum for the adults to enjoy, just to name a few attractions. The 2015-2016 holiday season at Celebration in the Oaks runs November 27 – January 2.

Reveillon Dinners – Reveillon dinners in New Orleans carries on the old Creole tradition of home cooked holiday meals and brings it to nearly 50 of New Orleans’ best restaurants. Leave it to talented local chefs to make a deliciously decadent holiday meal for the family this Christmas at unbeatable prices.

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts – Only in New Orleans can you see some of the best musicians in the city or even the country perform Christmas classics in the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. The setting provides wonderful ambiance to get you in the holiday spirit to the tune of Amanda Shaw, Davell Crawford, Jeremy Davenport, and the New Orleans Nightingales, just to name a few. The St. Louis Cathedral Concerts run all throughout December.

Caroling in Jackson Square – Caroling in Jackson Square has been a New Orleans holiday tradition that has grown in size and popularity since 1946. Hundreds of carolers come out each year holding candles and singing Christmas songs in Jackson Square. It’s a memorable experience that starts at 7:00 p.m. Early arrival is recommended.

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New Orleans Events Thanksgiving

For any holiday or special time of year, New Orleans hosts a large-scale, multi-dimensional celebration, and Thanksgiving is no exception. New Orleans is a wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving, and it serves as the kickoff to a magical holiday season. If you are a resident of 1st Lake’s New Orleans area apartments in Kenner, Metairie and River Ridge, then you’re lucky enough to be right next to the action.

Fairgrounds – The New Orleans Fairgrounds Racecourse and Slots’ opening season begins right before Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving Day will be a full day of horse racing complete with a Thanksgiving feast. Traditionally, attendees wear big, festive derby hats and the event is a lively and different way to spend a Thanksgiving, in true New Orleans fashion.

Bayou Classic – The age old rivalry between Grambling and Southern universities continues this year at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans. The Bayou Classic is much more than an annual football game, it’s several days of exhilarating events, including the Battle of the Bands between the Grambling and Southern marching bands, a Thanksgiving Day parade, a step show contest, gospel brunch and more. Don’t miss the Bayou Classic in New Orleans from November 27 – December 30.

Restaurants – If you don’t feel like slaving away to make Thanksgiving dinner for a change, there are many of  the New Orleans area’s top notch restaurants that will do it for you on Thanksgiving Day! A few of these fine dining restaurants open on Thanksgiving include Bayona, Broussard’s and Domenica. Have a dirty dishes-free Thanksgiving in New Orleans!

Halloween Fun in New Orleans

There’s no better place to be than New Orleans for Halloween. It’s such an exciting time with so much to do and see. If you’re a resident of 1st Lake Properties or thinking of becoming one, then you’re in a great position to have the best time possible for the fall holiday.

Frenchmen Street – Each year in New Orleans, the local hotspot that is Frenchmen Street hosts a block party Halloween night and usually continues the party a day or two after. Some of the best costumes in New Orleans can be seen on Frenchmen Street during Halloween.

Haunted Houses – If you’re into the whole fear factor of Halloween, there are two pretty terrifying haunted houses in New Orleans to get in the scary Halloween spirit. The Mortuary is located in a haunted building on historic Canal Street and delivers a heavy dose of frights each year. House of Shock is considered by some to be the scariest haunted house in New Orleans, located on Butterworth Street in Jefferson.

Voodoo Fest – To keep the party going into the weekend, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience from November 1-3 will bring a three day music festival with incredible headliners like Pearl Jam and the Cure and local acts, plus interactive art installations, an art market, food and more.

Boo at the Zoo – If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, this is the place. Audubon Zoo hosts Boo at the Zoo October 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dress up in costumes and bring the kids for trick or treat houses, a Ghost Train, a scary and not-so-scary haunted house, games, entertainment and more. Tickets are $17 and are free for children 12 months and younger.

If that wasn’t enough, 1st Lake Properties is directly getting in on the fun as well. Citrus Creek apartments are holding their annual Halloween pumpkin carving contest. Residents who enter the contest will put their pumpkin outside their door and the winner will be selected on Halloween day.

1st Lake Properties’ Neighborhood Guides: Metairie

Metairie is a busy town right outside of New Orleans with its own distinct business and entertainment districts. It’s the largest suburb of New Orleans and the most populated community in Jefferson Parish, with approximately 450,000 residents.

Metairie is home to several charming neighborhoods like Old Metairie, Buck Town and Fat City. Each is a unique community of shopping centers, restaurants and professional buildings.

For a complete list of Metairie’s best restaurants, check out our Metairie Dining Guide.

Come on our tour of Metairie, Louisiana and find out why it’s the place for you:

Moving to Metairie

Old Metairie

Old Metairie was the first ever suburb of New Orleans. This community surrounds Metairie Road and is a collection of small shops, coffee houses and beautiful residences.

  • Blue Line Sandwich Co.  serves breakfast and lunch cuisine created from locally sourced products.
  • Bear’s Po Boys for a huge variety of burgers and po-boys
  • Hemline for upscale clothing at a reasonable price
  • Bella Bella, a clothing store geared toward young, edgy women
  • Hiller Jewelry, a custom-jewelry store that’s been around since 1918.
  • Cafe B for a Brennan restaurant with a casual atmosphere


Buck Town was born over a hundred years ago as a collection of hunting and fishing camps. To this day, Buck Town is still known for its deliciously fresh seafood.

Fat City

For a long time, Fat City was known as the late night club scene of Metairie, akin to Bourbon Street. Nowaways, Fat City is on the rise and turning into a dining hub.

Metairie Entertainment

Aside from its lovely quaint neighborhoods, Metairie is home to some impressive entertainment facilities:

Metairie is home to a wide variety of fun activities in a safe environment. 1st lake has several conveniently located apartment communities in the heart of it all.

1st Lake Flowergate Pool Metairie
1st Lake’s Flowergate Apartments offer multiple floor plans with one, two and three bedroom apartment options. Your apartment will come complete with a washer and dryer, walk-in closets, large pantries and generous counter space. This space is for the outdoor lovers of Metairie. At Flowergate you can enjoy tree sparkling pools, tree shaded paths and multiple gardens.



1st Lake Surf Rider Metairie
Surf Rider II is one of 1st lake’s most beautiful properties. This community is decked out with the all steel and black appliances such as a frost free refrigerators, multi-cycle dishwashers, microwaves and self-cleaning ovens. Enjoy high ceilings, open floor plans and large bedrooms. This small community highly protected with intrusion alarms. Come find your new apartment today.



1st Lake Windmill Creek South Metairie
Newly updated and renovated, 1st lake’s Windmill Creek South apartment community is sure to please.  Choose from four different floor plans. each with spacious walk-in closets and sun rooms. This apartment community is full of beautiful creeks, fountains and winding pathways. Windmill Creek South is conveniently located near all of the best dining and entertainment Metairie has to offer.



Need more reasons to move to Metairie?

We asked one of our residents, P.K. about why she loves living in Metairie, and here’s what she had to say:

“Living in Metairie has been better than I even thought. We moved here for an affordable living (in comparison to New Orleans). We get so much more here for our money when it comes to square footage and apartment amenities. At our Metairie apartment we have plenty of room for our kids to play outside.

Although our home was the thing that brought us here, all the nearby businesses are the things that have made us want to stay. Metairie neighborhood playgrounds are plentiful, nearby, and safe, and offer a wide array of organized sports. Convenient stores are always right around the corner – I don’t have to go far to get great savings at stores that if I lived elsewhere, I would have to drive out of my way to visit.

Getting to Lakeside Mall, my favorite place to shop, now only takes 5 minutes from our Metairie apartment instead of 30 minutes. The choice of schools out here is fantastic as well. Our kids go to school right down the street, and when they get older, will be able to ride their bikes or walk to school by themselves. For us, Metairie is all about convenience, safety, and saving money.”

Apply for a lease today, your apartment is waiting for you.

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