Celebration in the Oaks lights up lives, imaginations

Sneak Peek of Celebration in the Oaks

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Celebration in the Oaks is lighting up lives and imaginations once again in City Park.

Those thinking about purchasing tickets are urged to do so in advance. Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park is an annual holiday tradition for families in the Crescent City and across the country.

The year marks the 30th anniversary of the stunning holiday display.

"New Orleans City Park is the perfect place to host this annual holiday event. The train ride through the oaks is a unique and special experience," said City Park Director of Public Affairs, John Hopper.

City Park's famous oaks are decked out with hundreds of thousands twinkling lights and breathtaking light exhibits throughout 25 acres of the park.

While there are many traditional displays like the Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Mr. Bingle, and the Cajun Night before Christmas are back, there are also many new wonders this year.

  • A Beacon to Celebration: A 15-foot tall lighthouse, placed in the Old Grove on the Holiday Train route
  • Star Bright: A large iridescent star, placed at the front of the Oscar J. Tolmas Center
  • Hanukkah menorah and spinning dreidels: Placed in the Lord & Taylor Rose Garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden

Also, new this year is the Botanical Garden's Arrival Garden. The Arrival Garden is highlighted by a Living Green Wall with over 3,500 individual plants growing together in a horticultural display.

The Living Green Wall is the backdrop for an inviting black granite pool, the Magic Fountain, with jumping water and a disappearing edge. Both the Living Green Wall and Magic Fountain are lit with multi-colored LED lights that make for a magnificent show for evening visitors during special events.

The display runs through the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland in the park.

The 2015-2016 season runs from November 25 (this Friday) through January 1. The display is closed on November 28, 29, 30 and December 1, 24, 31.

The hours are Sunday through Thursday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The display is also open on Christmas night.

Tickets are $9 per person. Children under 3 and Friends of City Park get in for free.

Train rides are $5.

Amusement park rides are $3 for a single ride ticket which excludes the train.

An unlimited ride band, which includes the train, is $18.

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