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Celebration in the Oaks Lights up City Park

Celebration in the Oaks (Photo: Paul Broussard)

One of New Orleans’ favorite holiday traditions involves a trip to City Park for Celebration in the Oaks, a massive lights display that’s open November 29 through January 1.

A feast for the eyes, people of all ages come to enjoy Celebration in the Oaks year after year. There’s something for everyone at this holiday celebration. Have a hot chocolate and listen to the concerts from local school choirs, or walk around and enjoy the lights. See a different perspective of the lights with a train ride through the park or a look from above on the Ferris Wheel.

If you’d like to see what this year’s display has in store before everyone else, come to City Park for Jingle Bells & Beer on Saturday, Nov. 23. The party starts at 7 p.m. and your ticket includes access to Celebration in the Oaks as well as live entertainment, craft beer, and carnival rides. Bring your kids to the Family Party on Sunday, Nov. 24 for kid-friendly food, unlimited rides, and access to the lights as well. Tickets for Jingle Bells & Beer are $40 in advance and tickets for the Family Party are $30 in advance. Before you attend, here’s a preview of some of our favorite sights.

The Poinsettia Tree

The beautiful poinsettia tree in City Park’s Conservatory during Celebration in the Oaks (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Miniature Train Exhibit

The miniature train exhibit is fun for all ages (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Mr. Bingle

Mr. Bingle is a fan favorite at Celebration in the Oaks (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Amusement Park Train Ride

The train ride through City Park offers a different view of the lights during Celebration in the Oaks (Photo: Paul Broussard)

*Editor’s Note: Celebration in the Oaks is closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Admission is $10 per person (this does not include amusement park and train rides) and it is recommended to get your tickets online in advance. Visit the Celebration in the Oaks website for more information.

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