Celebration in the Oaks: Behind the Magic

Meet the man behind the magic of Celebration in the Oaks.

For 30 years, Celebration in the Oaks has wowed both locals and visitors to New Orleans with breathtaking light displays. New Orleans City Park officials say more than 165,000 visitors pour into the attraction where holiday lights take over 25 acres. Celebration in the Oaks manager Royal Benetrix is the man behind building this holiday magic year after year. City Park flips the switch on this New Orleans tradition each year on the day after Thanksgiving. However, Benetrix says the planning that goes into making this event possible means no days off. He explains exactly how much work goes into creating this popular attraction.

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