Answers to the most common questions about Celebration In The Oaks.

Mister Bingle at Popp's Bandstand

Mister Bingle at Popp's Bandstand

What is the Parker's Station Reservation? Parker’s Station Reservation: a reservation system for the holiday train. Guests may upgrade their train ticket to purchase a reservation time to board the train. Guests using the Parker’s Station Reservation will not have to wait in the general admission line and can instead get a time to return and spend the time they would normally wait enjoying other parts of the event and return to the Parker’s Station Reservation line to board. This is an upcharge from the train ticket price. This is not a fast-pass. 

Can I take a driving tour through Celebration in the Oaks? We do not offer a driving tour and no cars are allowed inside Celebration in the Oaks, but you can take a magical, two-mile train ride through the park to see the beautiful light exhibits.

Does Santa make an appearance at Celebration in the Oaks? You bet! Santa drops by the train gazebo every night of Celebration in the Oaks through 12/23. Photo packages by Romaguera Photography are available for purchase.

Do I have to pay admission to ride the train? Yes. Train tickets are $5/person. The train ride is height based, and if over a certain height a ticket must be purchased, as well as one for the adult. Even though children under three get in free, ride tickets are required for any ride that they can ride by themselves. See this link for more information. 

Are group discounts available? Discounts are available for groups purchasing 100 or more tickets. For information, e-mail jlacour@nocp.org.

Where is the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks? There are two admission gates: the entrance to the Amusement Park and the entrance to the Botanical Garden on Victory Drive. If you are taking a taxi or using a GPS, use this address: 7 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124. (Or use 5 Victory Avenue)

How much is parking? Just like they say about the best things in life, parking in City Park is always FREE! Even during Celebration in the Oaks. You’re welcome!

How do I get there? Get directions to Celebration In The Oaks. If you are using GPS or taking a taxi, use this address: 7 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124. (Or use 5 Victory Avenue)

Are there rides for kids at Celebration in the Oaks? What are the details? Yes, there are rides in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Click here for details about rides and restrictions. 

Is there a wheelchair patrons may use? Yes, there is one at the front gate (first come, first served).

May I bring my dog? No pets are allowed except for Merry mutt Monday event nights.

What's the deal with the train tickets? 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.

Have another question about Celebration in the Oaks? E-mail Julie at jlacour@nocp.org.



The Peristyle, a magnificent Neo-Classical pavilion with Ionic columns, is one of City Park's oldest structures. It was built in 1907 and originally designed as a platform for dancing.