Celebration in the Oaks, the annual winter lights display at New Orleans City Park, opens this week, marking its 30th anniversary! As one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the South, with more than 165,000 visitors to the month-long event, it takes a little magic and a ton of work to make this extraordinary display come to life.
There are hundreds of thousands of holiday lights that make up the displays covering over 25 acres of City Park, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland, and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The “behind the scenes” team, which consists of a 6 person crew, works all year brainstorming, designing, creating, repairing, and executing the numerous displays. From installing outlets in trees and on lagoon islands, to complicated welding and electrical work, they do it all.
This year’s Celebration in the Oaks will feature the same classics of Mr. Bingle, The Cajun Night Before Christmas, and The Dripping Snow Tree, but will also contain new displays including a 16 foot lighthouse with a holiday beacon, enhanced display on the train ride, Menorah, and spinning dreidels! The lights are not the only attractions at Celebration in the Oaks, guests can enjoy live entertainment by local schools and groups each night in the entertainment tent, children and the young-at-heart can also stop by to see Santa, who makes a nightly visit to the train gazebo.
What is the best part about being a Friends of City Park member during the holiday season? Members receive FREE ADMISSION to Celebration in the Oaks! Friends’ members also have a designated entrance at the Oscar J. Tolmas Information Center where their card is scanned for admittance. Become a member here today and enjoy the festivities night after night!
Friday, November 25, 2016 – Saturday, January 1, 2017
Closed November 28-30; December 1; December 24; December 31
Open Christmas Night & New Year’s Day
Sunday-Thursday 6-10pm Friday & Saturday 6-11pm
Last entry into event is 30 minutes before closing time.
Bring your family and make this a can’t miss holiday tradition!
Explore City Park is brought to you by Friends of City Park, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for capital improvement projects in City Park, in partnership with Mid-City Messenger.
Are you interested in other areas of the park or general park history? Let us know what you are interested in and it could be our next tour! Email Friends Executive Director, Casie Duplechain, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any interests that you may have!