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Best Christmas Lights in New Orleans

Holiday displays at City Park, Canal St., Fulton St.


The best Christmas and holiday lights, holiday lighting displays and decorations - and even falling fake snow - in New Orleans including the Celebration in the Oaks in City Park, Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, the Miracle on Fulton Street by Harrah's Casino, and two parks in East Jefferson Parish.

1. City Park - Celebration in the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks is the No. 1 Lighting Display in New Orleans. The lights are beautiful and fanciful - but they become dramatic, magical and magnificent with the giant oak trees in the darkened park.
The giant "ornaments' hanging from the oak limbs are unique. The Botanical Gardens, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland are all decorated with lights for a holiday strolls. Plus there are lights you can drive by and see (Although no longer any official driving tour, which means you can look for free) that includes light displays in the City Park lagoons including Santa in an alligator-pulled sleigh, a flamingo island of lit-up pink flamingos and palm trees, and a pirate ship. In addition to the lights and regular park attractions, there's also nightly live entertainment, a cafe and more. And check out the brand new 24-hour Morning Call in the Casino building while you're at City Park.

2. Canal Street City Lights - Downtown

New Orleans wide main street - Canal Street - is at its best lit up with Christmas lights during the holidays. Don't let the lane closures, pre-Superbowl street construction and resulting traffic james stop you from experiencing the downtown display. Just plan your drive during an off hour or park and see it on foot. Sure wish Mr. Bingle was still in his Canal Street window for the holidays.

3. Miracle on Fulton Street - Downtown

Miracle on Fulton Street started as a Christmas spirit-lifter after Hurricane Katrina and has become a New Orleans holiday tradition. The Christmas decorations include a light tunnel where fake snow falls on the hour. Kids can meet Santa and his real-life reindeer on Friday and Saturday evenings. The display is open every night through Jan 2, 2012. It's all located on Fulton St. by display sponsor Harrah's Casino in downtown New Orleans off Poydras St.

4. Rivertown's Christmas Village

"Christmas Village" in Rivertown Heritage Park is decorated with Christmas Lights and is open on early evenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with caroling, storytellers, entertainment and Santa Claus 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. from Nov. 30 - Dec. 15, 2012. 303 Williams Blvd. in Kenner.

5. Holiday in the Park Lights at Lafreniere

Lafreniere Park in Metairie has a drive-through Christmas Light display experience. The lights were once part of late Al Copeland's home Christmas light display that drew crowds. The lights were donated by his family. It's open from dusk to 9 p.m. from Dec. 1, 2012 through Jan 2, 2013.

$3 per vehicle. Enter at the West Napoleon Avenue access park gate. The park address is 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie.
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