November 29, 2013 | Upcoming Events

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we can officially start the countdown to Christmas. There are a lot of holiday related events happening in New Orleans over the next month, but Celebration in the Oaks starts tonight and it’s one of our favorites.

At 6 p.m., City Park will open its Christmas lights display to the public, which is scatted across 13 acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland and the Carousel Gardens.  More than 558,350 LED bulbs make up Christmas trees, walkways, the Who Dat tree, the “Dripping Snow Tree” and more. It’s really an amazing lights display, and well worth the $8 admission price.

If you bring little ones, then be sure to check out the amusement park rides. There will be a carousel and a miniature train that chugs along a two mile track around the park.  Also, admission for children three years old and younger is free, although the rides do cost extra.

Anyone planning on going to the event tonight needs to know that it’s going to be cold.  The low tonight is 42 degrees, so you may want to bundle up if you plan on walking around for a while. It’ll be a little warmer as the weekend progresses.

If you can’t make it tonight, then no worries, Celebration in the Oaks runs from Nov. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014. 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.

Like we said, tickets are $8 per person, but for $1 extra, you can order them online and skip the lines.

We’ll be there tonight, so check our Facebook page for photos later this weekend. We would also like to see your photos, so if you go be sure to share them on our page!