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Things to do in New Orleans: Celebration in the Oaks

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Spend Your Christmas in New Orleans

New Orleans has a year-round passion for festive celebrations and exciting visual displays, so it’s no surprise that the city comes to life in spectacular fashion for the Christmas season. The wide variety of holiday themed events around town make every Christmas in New Orleans memorable for visitors and locals alike — and the most dazzling holiday event of all is found in City Park, the crown jewel of New Orleans’ beautiful park system. Whether you’re a visitor or local to New Orleans, it’s an absolute must to experience the season in this magical wonderland!

Celebration in the Oaks

Christmas light displays and a carnival ride at celebration in the oaks, new orleans city park
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For one of New Orleans’ most popular modern Christmas traditions, look no further than Celebration in the Oaks. Every year, City Park transforms into an awe-inspiring landscape of holiday-themed light displays, viewable to guests from a 2.25-mile stretch of road that takes them on a festive journey through the park’s historic live oak trees. Celebration in the Oaks is a treasured piece of the New Orleans holiday season and offers fun for the whole family.

With truly spectacular sights and sounds to behold, this one-of-a-kind event is a must-see for all those lucky enough to pay it a visit. Featuring over one million individual lights, alongside three-dimensional displays nestled within the lush scenery of City Park, you’ll be dazzled by blissful beauty every step of the way.

Of course, what would a light show at City Park be without the elegant, sprawling oak trees being festooned with colorful illuminations? Held annually since the 1980s and an important source of fundraising for City Park, this event is sure to have something special to offer all its visitors. Whether it’s your first time or you have been going for decades, Celebration in the Oaks will light up your holiday season.

Event Details

Tickets are required for attending Celebration in the Oaks. Standard tickets are $40 per vehicle, but different rates may apply depending on vehicle size and attendance date. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended, as some dates and times sell out. This event is open every evening from November 24th through January 1st, except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

While most visitors experience their Christmas in the Oaks from private vehicles, walking and biking tours of the display are also available. The tour’s driving entrance is located at 4 Friederichs Avenue with the walking tour beginning at 7 Victory Avenue, so gather up your friends and family and come see Celebration in the Oaks!

Tour New Orleans by Bus

If you’re excited about other things to do in New Orleans and you just can’t get enough of those live oaks, a city bus tour can take you on a captivating ride through New Orleans’ grand avenues and historic neighborhoods, where you’ll find more of these majestic trees lining the sidewalks. Celebration in the Oaks is just the beginning of the Christmas magic that the Crescent City has to offer.

New Orleans tours are an invaluable way of learning about the city’s history and culture, all from the comfort of a modern tour bus. These tours take you on a thorough and inspiring trip through famous neighborhoods like the French Quarter, Treme, and the Garden District, pointing out many of the city’s greatest landmarks along the way. New Orleans history covers ground in topics as wide-ranging as music, food, architecture, military, and industry, just to name a few. See the sites where this history was made by booking a city bus tour today with Cajun Encounters!

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