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On the Bright Side: Christmas Light Displays Around Town

13:00 December 22, 2020
By: Blake Anderson and Laurel Shimasaki

One of the best parts about Christmas is all the decorations and lights. Every year, homes, city parks, and city streets are decked out in holiday splendor with twinkling lights and colorful displays. New Orleans is known for having quite a few popular spots to see beautiful Christmas lights. With Christmas in just a few days, this week is one of your last chances to see the light displays for the 2020 Christmas season. COVID-19 has put a lot of restrictions on states and their citizens, and seeing Christmas lights can really help bring back the joyfulness of the holiday season. Here is a list of several local spots to check out some festive light displays this year.

French Quarter

Every year, the city of New Orleans decks the French Quarter with more than 40,000 lights. The French Market, the businesses in the Quarter, and several homes in the area decorate with gorgeous Christmas lights. On Decatur Street, there is a lit Christmas tree on display. To see some of the best displays in the French Quarter, stroll down Royal Street and Chartres Street.

Canal Street

Every year, Canal Street "flips the switch" on Thanksgiving to light up this iconic thoroughfare with festive displays, from Claiborne Avenue to the Riverwalk. The lights are on display for over a month for all to enjoy. Canal Street displays the perfect scene of a beautiful urban Christmas.

Kenner Christmas Village

Even with COVID-19 restrictions, Jefferson Parish will have their annual Kenner Christmas Village. The city of Kenner will be transformed into a Christmas light display with animated scenery to bring some holiday cheer. The event will take place until Saturday, December 26, and it is free to all.

Convention Center Boulevard's "Pedestrian Park"

New Orleans's Riverfront Development project's newest gem is finally mostly complete, after a long period of being under construction. The "pedestrian park" stretches from Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to Poydras Street and is worth checking out. In the Christmas spirit, the walkway has switched its lights to red and green, adding some festive pep to your step. While you're there, check out the Christmas tree by the Riverwalk Mall.

Celebration in the Oaks

The festival returns for its 35th year, bringing back all your favorites, including the enormous dinosaurs, replica of St. Louis Cathedral, and crawfish with beer mugs—all made from vibrant colorful lights. In a pandemic year, Celebration in the Oaks remains the perfect outdoor activity. The breathtaking displays are scattered throughout City Park, which makes for an exciting scavenger hunt. This year, it's a ticketed driving event through the 2.25-mile grounds. Reserve your spot online, starting at $18.99. 1 Palm Dr., (504) 482-4888,

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