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Celebration in the Oaks: City Park’s Winter Wonderland

Live oak tree aglow with Christmas lights

Now in its 26th year, New Orleans’ annual Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is an event looked forward to by adults and children alike every holiday season. Located in the Mid-City neighborhood, City Park is transformed each December into a magical winter wonderland full of striking light designs and sculptures.

From the day after Thanksgiving—this year, November 23rd—until New Year’s Day, Celebration in the Oaks keeps City Park aglow long into the night with innumerable lights in a variety of colors and designs. Some strands wrap the majestic branches of the park’s live oak trees, and others wrap the Christmas trees that are sprinkled throughout the area.

You can take walks through the Botanical Garden, Storyland—the fairy tale-themed children’s theme park—and Carousel Gardens, an area of amusement rides. All of the park’s normal attractions will be specially decorated for the holidays, and the area will be filled with different animals, stars, icicles, and other picturesque shapes. You can also enjoy a Cajun rendition of the Night Before Christmas classic, complete with blinking lights, colorful characters, and a wonderful story perfect for your little ones.

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Celebration in the Oaks

City Park in New Orleans is a magical place during the holidays, and not just if you’re a kid.  City Park, located in mid-city New Orleans on a former swamp that later became Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, is spread out over 1300 acres and is the sixth-largest and seventh-most visited public park in the United States. It’s one of the country’s oldest parks; the original land grant was established in 1854.  It’s half again as big as Central Park in New York City. Even though it took a beating during Hurricane Katrina, the park has rebounded and is expanding even more in the next few years. During the holidays, it’s a place to visit that never fails to delight visitors and locals.

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Celebrating Christmas in New Orleans

      Joyeux Noel from New Orleans!

 

With the start of the Fairgrounds racing season beginning on Thanksgiving Day leading the way and Twelfth Night festivities taking us into Carnival, winter rolls into New Orleans with a flourish. Christmas is a special time in the Crescent City.

For the traditionalist, no New Orleans holiday is complete without a trip to visit Mr. Bingle at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks. Hundreds of light displays, an ice skating rink and hot-buttered rums make this a beautiful evening for the whole family.

And, really, what is Christmas without caroling? Join the residents of the French Quarter (and usually several local celebrities) for caroling in Jackson Square. Song sheets and candles are provided and it is a truly magnificent sight to see: thousands of candlelit faces framed by the facade of St. Louis Cathedral. The date this year is Dec. 18 and you can find more information here.

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