Iconic CITO

The traditions you love

Celebration in the Oaks has been part of the fabric of the New Orleans holiday season for years. Aside from Mister Bingle, the Park creates all the installations by hand and they are all original ideas. 

Traditional items:

-Mister Bingle
-Dripping Snow Tree
-Holiday Mini Train
-Santa Gator
-Cajun Night Before Christmas®
-Who Dat tree
-Carousel
-Train Garden
-Large poinsettia tree in the Conservatory

Mister Bingle

Mister Bingle

Mister Bingle is the voice of Celebration in the Oaks! Although he's been a part of the holiday fabric of New Orleans since 1950, he's been a part of the Celebration in the Oaks family since 2005. 

Dripping Snow Tree

Dripping Snow Tree

Dripping in LED lights from Paris, this tree is a can't miss for every visitor. This is also a very popular place for marriage proposals! 

Santa Gator

Santa Gator

Santa Gator is a popular place for photos for kids of all ages.

Cajun Night Before Christmas

Cajun Night Before Christmas

The Cajun Night Before Christmas® is a beloved tale of Santa and his gators. It's light show you'll love that moves from one end of the lawn to the other. Stop by to listen to the tale being told.

"...He whistle an' holler an' call dem by name:

"Ha, Gaston! Ha, Tiboy! Ha, Pierre an' Alcee'!
Gee, Ninette! Gee, Suzette! Celeste an'Renee'!..."

Who Dat tree

Who Dat tree

We love our football in New Orleans! Who Dat! 

Carousel

Carousel

Take a ride on the Park's antique Carousel and get into the spirit! 

Train Garden

Train Garden

The Historic New Orleans Train Garden is one of the park’s hidden gems, tucked away in a vibrant, lush corner of the Botanical Garden. It looks even more festive during Celebration in the Oaks. 

Large poinsettia tree in the Conservatory

Large poinsettia tree in the Conservatory

This is a popular spot for people to take photos each year. 

Newer to CITO (new in the past few years):
-‘Irish’ you Happy Holidays
-Jackson Square in lights (we’re building a whole French Quarter neighborhood little by little over the next few years!)
-The floating Pirate ship and mermaid
-Flamingo Insland
-Loch Ness Bayou Metairie Monster
-Buggin’ Out in the Shade Garden
-Victoria the Unicorn

‘Irish’ you Happy Holidays

‘Irish’ you Happy Holidays

Jackson Square in lights

Jackson Square in lights

Treasure Island (Mermaid and Pirate ship)

Treasure Island (Mermaid and Pirate ship)

Flamingo Island

Flamingo Island

Flamingos and people alike love Flamingo Island. Take a ride on the mini train to ride past these pink wonders. 

Loch Ness Bayou Metairie Monster

Loch Ness Bayou Metairie Monster

Bugginí Out

Bugginí Out

Victoria the Unicorn

Victoria the Unicorn

TWEETS FROM THE PARK:

CITY PARK FACTS:

Since 1906, visitors have flocked to City Park to see the "flying horses" on the antique carousel, one of only 100 wooden carousels still operating in the country and the only one in Louisiana.