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.

Celebration in the Oaks opens: The 2014-2015 season:
November 28 - January 3
Closed: 12/1-12/4; 12/24 and 12/31

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. 

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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.

Additional Information for Friends of City Park Members: Free member tickets must be picked up at the ticket trailer(s) at Celebration in the Oaks upon arrival. Tickets cannot be picked up in advance. The number of free tickets coincides with the number of individuals allotted in your membership. For more information on your membership, click here. For a speedy transaction: 1) Have your membership card and photo ID ready. 2) A named card holder must be present in order to utilize the membership. This means that the name of the person using the membership must be named on the card. 3) Renew or purchase a membership online before you arrive at friendsofcitypark.com. You must print and bring your receipt as proof of renewal or purchase, along with your photo ID. There is no separate line or entrance for Friends of City Park members. All members must get their free tickets for admission from the ticket booths. Many people purchase non-member tickets in advance, making the lines at the ticket booths very short.

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    Mr. Bingle

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    Preview Party

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    Jingle Bells & Beer

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    Family Party

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The City Park mascot is Parker the Raccoon. (He loves having his picture taken!)