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🎆10…9…8…the final countdown of 2018 is coming!🎉

Bah humbug, Christmas is over. 😩Whether you were naughty or nice, it's time to look forward to 2019.

by Mary Staes | December 27, 2018

Bah humbug, Christmas is over. 😩Whether you were naughty or nice, it’s time to look forward to 2019.

Everyone is having after Christmas sales, so it’s a good time to look for that Comic Con costume. Your favorite celebs from The Walking Dead and (deep breath) Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, is coming to town. And there’s still time to dress up and get in that Reveillon Dinner in before the new year at your favorite restaurant!

Most of all, thanks for keeping up with Very Local for our launch this year, and here’s to a great 2019! 🎊

So, where do you go for a Reveillon Dinner, anyways?

Reveillon Dinners are a Creole tradition dating back to the 1800’s, where people would fast Christmas Eve until after midnight mass. Now, restaurants have modernized the tradition, serving a 3-4 course meal of some of their fanciest dishes on the menu. Whether you live in Lakeview, New Orleans East, or the 9th Ward, we’ve got a guide that’ll point you to some of our favorite spots to revel. 

Get ready for Comic Con at Drink & Draw ✏️

The new year is kicking off with a bang! Wizard World’s Comic Con is coming to town Jan. 4-6, and actors from The Vampire Diaries, Outlander, and more are coming to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Very Local is bringing a little lagniappe, with a Drink N Draw event. Local artist Ron Domingue and others will be joining us as we have a pint and put our pencils to paper. Free beer. Free snacks. You just bring your sketchbook and creativity!

Need a little help planning your New Year’s Eve night?

Close your eyes and imagine it’s New Year’s Eve. How are you celebrating? Well, if you haven’t decided yet, we’ve got options! Check out where you can get the most out of your last moments in 2018 here.

Your Weekend Planner


George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – 8 p.m.– till

Make sure you wear your dancing shoes as George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic crank out the hits like “Atomic Dog” . and “Flashlight.”


Backstreet Boys VS NSYNC Holiday Pop Party – 10 p.m.

What better way to get ready for the new year than by looking back, waaaay back. DJ Raj Smoove hits the 1’s and 2’s for a night of head-to-head boy band realness, throwing in some 90’s flavor in the mix with Britney, Destiny’s Child, Christina Aguilera, Blink 182 and more.


Saints Watch Party @ The Pythian – 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Don’t have anywhere to watch the game? Still want to be in the middle of the fun downtown? Try checking out The Pythian Market, with TVs, a bar and food from 13 different vendors. You’ll be just a few blocks away from the Dome to join in the fun at the tailgates after the game.

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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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