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Celebration in the Oaks 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of year…especially with the opening of the Celebration in the Oaks 2021. The twinkling lights decorating City Park is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful experience for the entire family. From Train Rides and the carousel to amusement rides and even snow, this year’s Celebration in the Oaks will have it all. Other holiday cheer-filled activities, including marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, photo opportunities, dancing light shows in the Carousel Gardens…Don’t forget to check out Mister Bingle. 

“Our community has been through a lot in the past 19 months and making cherished memories with loved ones is deeply valued,” said Cara Lambright, CEO of City Park. “It is truly an honor that Celebration in the Oaks continues to serve such a beloved role in our holiday season and we’re proud to deliver a stellar event this year for our guests.”

Due to the pandemic, City Park shifted the beloved holiday event in 2020 to a drive-thru experience, which attracted more than 185,000 visitors. This year, the highly successful Celebration in the Oaks Driving Tour will return, in addition to an expanded experience in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and the Botanical Garden.

“We support City Park because of its importance to the City of New Orleans and to the families who reside in the neighboring areas. We grew up close to the Park and remember how much City Park meant to us,” says Lisa Romano and Vincent Giardina, Trustees of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.

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Celebration in the Oaks 2021

Festivities in the Park this year include:
• The return of the drive-thru experience
• All-access passes to Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, featuring unlimited rides on 18 attractions
• The festive outdoor bar in the Botanical Garden, where you can share a holiday delight under the twinkling lights
• A new festive train experience with on-board entertainment
• A newly added “snow” area
• Mister Bingle and Train Garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden
• Tree of poinsettias in the Conservatory in the New Orleans Botanical Garden
• A 2021 commemorative ornament ($10.00 ea.)
• Other holiday cheer-filled activities, including marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, photo opportunities, dancing light shows in the Carousel Gardens
For more event details or to purchase Celebration in the Oaks tickets, visit
Nov. 25, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022 *Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; Open Christmas night
Sunday – Thursday: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Driving Tour Entrance Address:
2 Friederichs Ave. New Orleans 70124 (Enter off Wisner Blvd.)
Carousel Gardens Experience Address:
7 Victory Ave., New Orleans 70124 (Enter through Lelong Dr. to Victory Ave.)
A limited number of tickets will be sold per day and time slot. Guests are encouraged to purchase their desired day and time, as slots are anticipated to sell out. Tickets are only valid for the day and time slot purchased. ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE AT
Prices are based upon vehicle size:
• Sedans/SUVs: $39.99 (limit 8 guests per vehicle)
• Limos: $150 (limit 15 guests per vehicle)
• Sprinter Vans: $225 (limit 20 guests per vehicle)
• Friends of City Park members: Receive one free driving tour admission valid anytime from Nov. 25, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022 (closed December 24 and December 31)
Bike Nights: $5 per person. Bike Nights are on Mondays from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm with last admission at 5:45pm. For the safety of our guests, the roadways must be cleared prior to vehicular access.
Carousel Gardens Experience with Driving Tour: vehicle price + $25 per person
Carousel Gardens Experience Only: $35 per person
Children 3 years old and under do not need an Add-On ticket to participate with a paying adult.
Bike Nights and the Carousel Gardens Experience Only will go on sale November 1.
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