Sunday, Dec 2, 6-10 PM

Celebration in the Oaks

New Orleans City Park
Children under 3 and Friends of City Park members are free, $10.00
Getting there
5 Victory Lane, New Orleans, LA

Celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of America’s Most Dazzling Holiday Light Festival WHAT: With more than a million dazzling lights and breathtaking displays, Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park is an annual holiday tradition for families in the Crescent City and across the country. Friends and families can kick off the 32nd annual opening with an early glimpse of the stunning holiday displays at one of three Celebration in the Oaks preview parties. Tickets for all events are on sale now at City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands twinkling lights, with breathtaking light exhibits that are displayed throughout 25 acres of the Park. While there are many traditional displays like the Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Mr. Bingle, and the Cajun Night before Christmas, there are many new wonders this year including “Merry Kiss-mas” and a Tree of Hope. From the train route, visitors may also view the new additions to the New Orleans themed display and continue to celebrate the city’s 300th birthday viewing the “NOLA 300” sculpture placed on Lelong Drive near Big Lake. New for the 2018 Season: -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. Guest 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. - A special partnership with WVUE FOX 8: A live FOX 8 morning show from Celebration in the Oaks with an extra hour of fun this year: Nov. 30th from 5 am to 10 am. WVUE FOX 8 is the official media partner for Celebration in the Oaks. - A partnership with Hilton hotels of New Orleans: General Managers from area Hilton branded properties will judge the Christmas trees on Santa Claus Lane and award a $3000 cash prize to the winner. Hilton is the official hotel partner for Celebration in the Oaks. For a VIP Celebration in the Oaks experience, book the Papa Noel package at -Mutt Mondays: A special partnership with SPCA of Louisiana: 12/3, 10, 17 – Bring dogs with you to the Botanical Garden and use the SPCA photo booth to take fun holiday photos with your friends – human and canine. -Yoga classes: 12/5,12,19 – Yoga under the Lights with April Dupre from Footprints to Fitness. -Storytime in Storyland: 12/ 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm kids can hear local authors read stories under the Storyland Castle - Fountain of Joy in the New Orleans Botanical Garden - Holiday Crawfish Boil with Mushrooms in the New Orleans Botanical Garden - A streetcar added to the New Orleans scene on the train ride - An improved Victoria the Unicorn in Carousel Gardens Amusement Park – now she’s completely made of love and LED lights - Heaux Heaux Heaux tree decorations in the trees along Victory Avenue - A holiday village display in the New Orleans Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters Annex (1 Victory Avenue) - Merry KISS-mas ‘kissing booth’ under the Dripping Snow Tree in the center of the New Orleans Botanical Garden -Christmas classics in Campfire Village: grab a seat at a picnic table and enjoy family fun Christmas classics projected on to a large screen Favorites back again for the 2018 Season: -Campfire Village in Carousel Gardens Amusement Park: - ‘Snow Show’ each night of the event – great for photos! - 'Merry Marshmallow' roasting over an open fire - a jumbo marshmallow of fun - 'Colossal Cotton Candy' - it's HUGE! - Mister Bingle - Train Garden - Rides on the antique carousel (unlimited rides with the Straight to the Gate ticket option) - Christmas Trees on Santa Claus Lane – sidewalks in Carousel Gardens are lined with Christmas trees decorated by local schools and nonprofits. Be sure to check out the 2018 Hilton hotels of New Orleans winner! - Tree of poinsettias in the Conservatory in the New Orleans Botanical Garden - And more and more and more! WHERE: New Orleans Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Storyland, Train Route ADDRESS: 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans 70124 (the Park is large, always use this address to attend Celebration in the Oaks). HOURS: The 2018-2019 season: November 23 - January 1 Closed: November 26, 27, 28, 29 and December 24, 31 Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 6 pm to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday: 5 pm to 11 pm OPEN Christmas night COST: Tickets: $10/person (Children under 3 and Friends of City Park members: Free) -Best Idea: Straight to the Gate tickets: $28: Celebration in the Oaks admission, a unlimited amusement park ride band, and a dedicated entrance through the Storyland gate behind Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep. -Train Ride: $5; Amusement Park Rides: $4/single ride ticket (excludes train); $18/unlimited ride band (includes train) For more event details or to purchase Celebration the Oaks or Preview Party tickets, visit