SLIDESHOW: Your First Look at Celebration in the Oaks

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.

Spinning Dodecahedron

A spinning dodecahedron outside the entrance to the City Park visitors center.

Spinning Dodecahedron

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.

Dinosaur Display

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.