The holiday season is a magical time. As winter’s chill settles on New Orleans, anything seems possible and the air almost appears to twinkle as breezes blow. For many New Orleanians, the season hasn’t officially begun until they can walk under the lights of City Park’s “Celebration in the Oaks.” Superior Energy CEO Terry Hall; Outgoing President of City Park’s board, Paul Masinter; Executive Director of New Orleans City Park Improvement Association Beau Bassich; and Nancy and Mike Marsiglia – longtime supporters of the park, Mike is the incoming president of the board of commissioners – balanced precariously on the loyal flying horses of the park’s famed carousel as a reminder to all of us how special our park and its events are in the memories of New Orleanians, no matter where they might now reside.
This year there are many delights to be seen! Popular since 2003, the Dinobration exhibit returns, along with Mr. Bingle who, this year will be showered hourly with snow! There is also a new Dancing Lights Exhibit in the garden, a Coney Tower ride, a Ferris Wheel and the all-new Arts Village in the Amusement Park. Also, don’t forget to take a ride on the train under the electrifying light display along City Park Avenue and a flight on the Carousel! The walking tour opens nightly December 5-30 at 6 p.m. and stays open until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). For more information, call 483-9415 or visit celebrationintheoaks.com.

Start a new tradition with Friends of City Park’s Pop A Cork this New Year’s Eve. Pavilion of the Two Sisters will be filled with dancing, dining, live music, an open bar, a buffet and champagne to toast the end of 2008 and the start of a new year! For more information, call 483-9376 or visit neworleanscitypark.com.

Photographed by Greg Miles
Special thanks to Julie LaCour.