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Celebration In The Oaks

The Most Spectacular Holiday Lights Festival in the Country

Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the park to see the magical winter spectacle. City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens.

New Orleans’ mild winter weather and City Park’s stunning natural landscape, with its oak groves, moss-covered cypresses and meandering lagoons, make Celebration in the Oaks a truly unique holiday event. This beloved annual celebration is fun for all ages and has become an enduring holiday tradition for families, who come to Celebration in the Oaks to ride the train or carousel every year. Visitors are treated to a wide range of attractions, from light displays to the walkways lined with dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local school groups. Perennial favorites include the two-mile train ride through glittering light exhibits, the animated Cajun night before Christmas display, and of course, New Orleans’ iconic snowman Mr. Bingle – a holiday character beloved by generations of New Orleanians.

The 2015-2016 season:
November 27 - January 3
Closed: 11/30 - 12/3, 12/24, and 12/31
Sunday - Thursday : 6pm -10pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm -11pm
Last entry to event is 20 minutes prior to closing.

Train tickets sales on site will stop one hour before closing. At one hour before closing, you will not be able to get in the train line (only before that time). This also may happen with other amusement rides. Individual train tickets may be used in place of any single ride tickets for any other ride in Carousel Gardens.

Due to the immense popularity of this holiday attraction, we strongly recommend buying and printing tickets in advance from  this link to avoid waiting in ticket lines. Saturdays are the most heavily attended nights. You will find smaller crowds on other nights. 

Train tickets sales on site will stop one hour before closing. At one hour before closing, you will not be able to get in the train line (only before that time). This also may happen with other amusement rides. Individual train tickets may be used in place of any single ride tickets for any other ride in Carousel Gardens. 

The #MerryMakers! Check out a preview here

Additional information
-No pets allowed. 
-Minor Escort Policy: All minors age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Anyone 21 years or younger should be prepared to show a driver license, state ID or passport before purchasing a ticket for entry.

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    Preview Party

    Preview with your friends!

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    Jingle Bells & Beer

    Rides, Beer, and FUN!

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    Family Party

    A party for the whole family!

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    Buy Tickets Here

    Bring a print out of the tickets

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    Map and Directions

    Walking and parking info

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    Calendar of Events

    So much going on!

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    Friends of City Park

    Info just for members

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    FAQs

    Get in the know

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    History of CITO

    We've got quite a story to tell

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    Iconic CITO

    Traditions you'll see each year

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    Support CITO

    Find out how you can help

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    Photos of CITO

    From over the years: add yours

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    Mr. Bingle

    Mr. Bingle's tale

TWEETS FROM THE PARK:

CITY PARK FACTS:

If you pass through City Park at night or early in the morning, you'll notice LED lights illuminating the Monteleone Columns at the Lelong entrance to the park. The colored lights are changed for holidays and special events.