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 white lights and breathtaking light displays (including the crowd-favorite Who Dat tree) are scattered throughout 13 gated 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 day after Thanksgiving and runs through January 4th.
Due to the immense popularity of this holiday attraction, we strongly recommend buying tickets in advance at www.celebrationintheoaks.com to avoid waiting in lines.
The 2013-2014 season:
November 29th – January 4th
Closed: 12/24 and 12/31
Sunday – Thursday : 6 p.m. -10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m. -11 p.m.
-Children under 3 and Friends of City Park: Free
-Train Ride: $4
-Amusement Park Rides: $3/single ride ticket (excludes train)
-$17/unlimited ride band (includes train)
-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.