Celebration in the Oaks Driving Tour Fundraiser EVENT FAQs

How do I get to the event? Link to webpage with directions

Where does the driving tour begin? Friederichs Ave. off Wisner

Can I buy tickets at the gate/door/event? No. All tickets must be purchased in advance at this link.

Is there still over a million lights? Yes

How long is the tour?  The driving route is 2.25 miles long, and will take approximately 30 minutes on less crowded nights and 47 minutes on high demand evenings.

Can I get a refund? This is a Park fundraiser and unfortunately, no refunds will be issued. Guests who have a date conflict will be afforded the opportunity to reschedule their date, based on availability and a $5.00 fee. There will be a link in your order confirmation to reschedule your tour date and/or time. Should the Park close the event due to flooding or lightening, those guests can reschedule their ricket without the $5.00 fee. Guests should email for more information. 

Are group discounts available? No discounts will be offered in 2020 other than for Friends of City Park members.

Will there be a Preview Party?  No there is no preview party like in previous years (due to COVID-19 restrictions). We will host a “first drive thru” for event sponsors only on Friday, November 20, 2020. The public cannot purchase tickets to this event.

Will there be a Family Party?  No there is no Family Party like in previous years (due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Will there be Jingle Bells & Beer? There will not be a Jingle Bells & Beer event this year (due to COVID-19 restrictions). 

What type of vehicles can ticket holders 'ride in'? Cars, SUVs, and limos are allowed. Guests must ride inside trucks and not in the back of trucks/in the truck's open bed. Convertibles are ok but guests must remain seated. Everyone needs to be in a seatbelt at all times in all vehicles. Motorcycles will be allowed and the price of admission is the same as that of a car.  Bicycles are not  allowed as they pose a safety risk.

Is the amusement park open? The Amusement Park isn’t part of the 2020 event.

Is there an area for me to leave my car and take photos? No, guests must remain in their vehicles at all times.

Is the train running? The train is not a part of the 2020 event.

Will there be a nativity scene this year? As this is an outside only/uncovered driving tour event the nativity is not a part of the 2020 event.

Where do I buy tickets?  Click here to purchase tickets. 

Can I add names to my ticket list after purchase? Yes, you can add additional names with the “Manage Reservation” link in your ticket confirmation email.

What’s the event website?

Can I Park and walk the event?  No. Walking along the driving route is strictly prohibited and will be closely monitored by security personnel.

Where is event Parking? There is no event parking. This is a drive through event.

Is there a Santa available for photos? No, this is a driving event only. There is no opportunity to take a photo with Santa. Please stay in your car.

Size of vehicles permitted? Standard sedan-size and SUVs will all be allowed.  Any “party bus” must fall under 11’ in height to fit underneath the oak trees.

Are limousines permitted? Yes, tickets for limos, party buses, and other vehicles with more than 8 passengers should email to purchase special passes.

Are pets allowed in my car? Yes.

Why are the names of the people in the car needed? Add the first name of each person in your vehicle (and select adult or child) for a special interactive portion of the tour.

Are there bathrooms to use? No. Guests must remain in their cars at all times.

Is there a botanical garden portion?  No, the Botanical Garden will not be included in the CITO driving tour.

What items can I see on the driving tour from the previous pre 2004 driving tour?
“Monstro”: 24’ tall Whale from Pinocchio and our very own Storyland. 
Waving Santa: 15’ tall, seen as you exit the tour. 

What new exhibits can I see this year? A salute to our medical personnel: a light exhibit featuring Caduceus symbols and hearts.

What items can I look for this year on the driving tour from the walking events in the past 15 years? DinoBration, Buggin’ Out, Music Tribute, Jackson Square scenes, Mister Bingle, ornaments in oak trees, toyland, Victoria the Unicorn, Who Dat tree, Crawfish Boil tree, Pirate ship, Flamingo Island, Toyland and MORE.

There are items I like to see each year at the event, will everything from previous years be seen this year?  The only exhibits not featured on the driving tour are “The Cajun Night Before Christmas and “The Twelve Yats of Christmas”.

There are not all of the FAQs. Please click on the below boxes for more answers to your questions.

    CITO Ticket FAQs

    Friends of City Park FAQs



The antique wooden carousel in Carousel Gardens was created by famed carvers Looff and Carmel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A post-Katrina renovation garnered national attention and praise from the National Historic Preservation Society.