In New Orleans there has, for years, been a light display in City Park. Initially, this involved a riding tour and a walking tour. One could ride for miles beneath decorated trees. Then, as one ended the riding tour, one could park and embark on a walking tour of three fenced parts of the park.
The walking tour is the part that remains, the riding tour ceased after Hurricane Katrina did its damage.
There are three separate, but connected, sections of the park. One, the Carrousel Gardens, is a small area with rides appropriate for small children, centered on the carrousel. This connects to Storyland, a section where nursery rhymes can be heard while in the presence of statue scenes from them. The third, and largest, section connected to the others is the botanical garden, with a large hot house and intertwining walking paths, some under trellises. All of these are decorated for the celebration, and the gates between them are opened.
The decorations are, for the most part, secular. The living Nativity was one of the few references to religion. The other religious symbol was a huge menorah that was near the end of the riding tour, with a line from Maccabees proclaiming it the first symbol of religious tolerance.
The problem came from the name. Initially, the lighted display was called Christmas in the Oaks. Then, one year with no warning it was abruptly changed to Celebration in the Oaks. If only that would have been the initial name. But, the change offended some. Why, I cannot perceive. There was a movement to restore the name. This went to the point of public advertisements, and merchants coming together to offer to underwrite the display. We must remember the Jewish community has a long standing relationship with the park that includes many generous benefactors. Inclusion of them is fair, and reasonable. But, as often happens, religious intolerance showed up, and persisted for years. The efforts to revert back to the original name was rebuked, but the effort remained, and came up year after year.
Today, the menorah is part of the walking tour, and is joined by large lighted dreidels and a huge Star of David. Intolerance died down, for the most part, over decades.