NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - This year marks the 31st annual Celebration in the Oaks, the spectacular holiday light display at New Orleans City Park. More than 165,000 visitors pour into the Park to see the magical winter spectacle, according to a park spokesperson.
City Park’s famous oaks are adorned in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, scattered throughout 25 acres, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Below is a preview of some of what visitors will find.
NOLA 300 Tribute
This year, City Park greets visitors with a tribute to the 300th anniversary of New Orleans in 2018.
Celebration in the Oaks Entrance
Oaks adorned in lights at the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks.
Tunnel of Lights
Spectators walk through a tunnel of lights near a reflecting pool in New Orleans City Park.
City Park Carousel
The City Park Carousel attracts riders of all ages.
A spinning dodecahedron outside the entrance to the City Park visitors center.
A slow shutter speed produces this effect outside the City Park visitor center.
Dripping Snow Tree
The “Dripping Snow Tree” is a fan favorite.
Lights Adorn Oak Trees
Oak trees draped in moss and lights moments before sunset
T-Rex: A Fan Favorite
Dinosaurs and Oaks: Every New Orleans kid favorite T-Rex shows his teeth in City Park.
Lights frame a dinosaur display near City Park Avenue
Lights in City Park Fountain
Lava– a slow shutter speed creates a different view of a City Park fountain.
Who Dat Tree
Like a Christmas ornament, designers showed a little Who Dat spirit in this 2013 display.
Celebration in the Oaks runs from Friday, November 24 through New Years Day. However, the display is closed on November 27-30. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the website.
John Snell is an anchor and reporter at FOX 8. Check out his Facebook page for more photography and his latest travels.