Creole Christmas: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St., New Orleans. Self-guided tour of five French Quarter historic houses decorated for Christmas. Spring Fiesta House presentations on the history of Creole Christmas and Reveillon. $20, FOC members; $25, general. http://www.friendsofthecabildo.org.
Countdown to Noon: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Games and music, balloon and confetti drops, a soda pop toast, hat and noisemaker craft tables. $10; $5 for members. (504) 523-1357, http://www.lcm.org.
Zoo Year’s Eve: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Music, games, jugglers, clowns, a jump rope exhibition, school group peformances and a countdown with soft drinks. Free with zoo admission and free for members. (800) 774-7394, http://www.auduboninstitute.org.
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 300 Bourbon Street, inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans. Ring in the New Year with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue as they toast farewell to 2012. Kick off 2013 with the hottest jazz music in the city. Irvin Mayfield, Michael Watson on trombone, Adonis Rose on drums, Don Vappie on bass, Carl LeBlanc on guitar/banjo, Victor Atkins on piano, and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown on trumpet, plus surprise special guests. General admission tickets, $125 per person. Ticket price includes open bar, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. For tickets, call Tory Torrance at (504) 655-4538 or email email@example.com.
Black tie buffet: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Riverview Room in Jax Brewery has champagne, music by the Top Cats and views of the fireworks. $165/person, 600 Decatur St., New Orleans, (504) 525-3000 or (888) 236-8260, http://www.riverviewroom.com.
Hyatt Regency big night: 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Big Night New Orleans offers open bars all night, buffets, multiple dance floors, 10 bands and disc jockeys, balloon drop and midnight toast. Tickets start at $100. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steamboat Natchez cruise: 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with holiday food, a dance band and a view of the New Year’s fireworks over the river. Toulouse Street Wharf, (504) 569-1401, http://www.steamboatnatchez.com.