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‘Tis the season for Celebration in the Oaks

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Ask anyone about Christmas in New Orleans and we guarantee you’ll hear all about the one and only Celebration in the Oaks.  A New Orleans tradition for more than a quarter of a century, Celebration in the Oaks is now a Christmas destination for the nation with folks buying tickets from forty-six of the fifty states in 2011.
Despite having some set backs after Hurricane Katrina, this New Orleans staple is still going strong. “After Katrina, most exhibits were damaged beyond repair, but we didn’t miss a beat,” said Julie LaCour, Director of Special Events and Celebration in the Oaks. “After Katrina, what was so lovely was everybody coming through the gates crying because we were back and we were back fast! Celebration in the Oaks was literally the first event that got back up and running. We didn’t have a lot of staff, but it was great for the community to keep this well-known tradition alive.” And what a tradition it is. We can remember the times of driving through Celebration in the Oaks years ago!
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Like most everything we do in New Orleans, Celebration in the Oaks is not for the faint of heart. There’s Treasure Island in the lagoon with a thirty-foot pirate ship, sound effects involved, a chest of gold, and holiday flamingos. Celebration in the Oaks also boasts a repurposed exhibit called the Jingle Jellyfish hanging in the trees at the corner of Victory and Stadium Dr.
“There’s plenty new additions to enjoy as well,” Julie added. “This year, all the vignettes of Storyland are outlined in LED rope lighting. There are little baby dragons hatching out of eggs called Dragon Drive. Lollipop Lane has new lollipops, leaping frogs, and a pumpkin patch, not to mention a ten-foot high, mechanized Ferris wheel built in house with Mr. Bingle riding in it as part of the Toyland exhibit in the Botanical Gardens. With these new exhibits, I am so proud of the crew and the work they have done. They are amazing people.”
And let’s not forget that Celebration in the Oaks isn’t only for the kids! Nope, you’ll also find your share of romance with the newly renovated Peristyle (including a gorgeous chandelier) and the infamous Dripping Snow exhibit with over 41,000 LED light bulbs on two oak trees (and where countless marriage proposals take place every year).
Julie concluded, “Who doesn’t love holiday lights? It’s beautiful, you get such a great feeling, and it’s a family thing. It’s the kids, the happiness, proposals, and holiday and community spirit. It’s all in one package and you can find it all right at Celebration in the Oaks!”

WHAT: City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks
WHEN: Open nightly until Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (Sunday thru Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday and Saturday evenings: 6:00pm - 11:00pm)

WHERE: New Orleans City Park

Last modified on Friday, 04 January 2013
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