Celebration in the Oaks is an annual holiday lights festival that’s a favorite for kids, adults, locals and visitors to New Orleans.
Hung from the historic oak trees in City Park are hundreds of thousands of lights that turn 13 acres of park – the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens - into a holiday wonderland. It’s a holiday tradition that brings back families year after year.
The celebration includes an impressive 558,350 LED bulbs, including 42,000 LED bulbs in the "Dripping Snow Tree" and 32,800 feet of rope lights. Light displays vary from beautifully decorated lighted walkways to Christmas trees decorated by local students and, of course, the Who Dat tree, which is a destination for every Saints fan. Local favorites include the animated Cajun Night Before Christmas and spotting Mr. Bingle, New Orleans’s legendary snowman.
There are also amusement park rides. Favorites include a carousel and the two mile ride around City Park by a minature train.
If it's a chilly night (or even if it's not), they have hot chocolate for the younger members of the family and hot buttered rum for adults. Snacks and other food are also on hand if anyone gets hungry.
This year, Celebration in the Oaks runs from Nov. 29, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014. The only exceptions are Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The gates are open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and hours extend to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are priced at $8 per person. Children three years of age and under get in free. Amusement park rides are $3 per ride or $17 for an unlimited ride band. The train ride around the park is $4. You can skip the lines and buy admission tickets online. There is a $1 extra fee for each ticket bought online.
For your GPS, Celebration in the Oaks is located at 1988 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, 70124.
We’ll see you there.