Tania Hahn, John Hopper, Co-Chair Rebecca Bayer Jostes and Kurt Jostes


The dazzling soirée kickoff for the 31st annual holiday light festival in New Orleans City Park served as the park’s largest fundraiser of the year. One of the most spectacular holiday light festivals in the United States, “Celebration in the Oaks” features the famous oak trees draped in hundreds of thousands of lights and creative light exhibits on display throughout the 25 acres, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, the miniature train route and winding lagoons.

The event also served as Mr. Bingle’s 70th birthday. More than 1,200 attendees got the first glimpse of the holiday lights and were given exclusive access to the New Orleans Botanical Garden and train route.

Patrons were treated to a tantalizing array of food from 35 local restaurants, caterers and endless spirits. This year’s culinary competition winners were Lagniappe Luncheonette, Palace Cafe, Marcello’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Three Legged Dog and Milagro. Additional highlights included Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar, Crescent City Steakhouse, Haydel’s Bakery, Pascal’s Manale Restaurant and Ralph’s on the Park.

Musical entertainment included Dat Band, Brass Hatters and DJ RQ Away.

Rebecca Bayer Jostes and Mayra Pineda served as Event Chairs.


Event at a Glance

What: “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans City Park
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Where: City Park