See 25 acres of holiday lights at a bird's eye view.
More than a million dazzling lights and breathtaking displays transform New Orleans City Park for the annual holiday tradition, Celebration in the Oaks.
The winter spectacle attracts crowds each year with 25 acres of holiday lights and local favorites like Mister Bingle and the “Cajun Night Before Christmas.”
We captured drone footage showing the magical glow of holiday lights at a bird’s eye view.
This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the annual holiday lights festival.
City Park also added new light installations and launched carriage rides at this year’s event.
One new light display “The Fountains of Joy” uses modern lighting techniques to create the impression of fountains of light. The installation is located near the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Through a new partnership with Royal Carriages, Celebration in the Oaks also launches holiday carriage rides.
“Before Katrina, we had carriage rides through Celebration in the Oaks and this is the first years that we’ve been able to bring them back. Royal Carriages will be here for the first three weeks of December. It goes up and down through the park. So, you’ll see a lot of lights that you wouldn’t necessarily see on the train ride,” public relations director Amanda Frentz told FOX 8 News in an interview.
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Families can also see two new attractions inside Storyland and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.
City Park recently completed its new “Jack and the Beanstalk” installation in Storyland. It’s a two-and-a-half story tall slide with an encased beanstalk.
Also, a new Family Swing Ride opened in the amusement park.
“So if you picture the poll in the middle, the swings at the end, it swings everybody around in a circle. It’s really exciting and people who’ve tried it already, like myself, it’s really, really, really fun and it’s a good thing that everybody can do together,” Frentz said in an interview with FOX 8 News.
Celebration in the Oaks opens nightly on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The park will close on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
Admission is $10, and children under age 3 are free, along with Friends of City Park members. Straight to the gate tickets bundling admission and an unlimited ride band costs $28 per person.
For more information about Celebration in the Oaks and to purchase tickets, visit the website.