Disclosure :: New Orleans City Park sponsored this post, but every year, this is by far one of the most popular giveaways that we host. We are absolutely thrilled to bring New Orleans families the chance to attend the Preview Party and Celebration in the Oaks.
The 2016 season is Celebration in the Oaks’ 30th anniversary!
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 lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 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.
The 2016-2017 Celebration in the Oaks Season
Dates & Times ::
- November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017 (Closed 11/28 – 30 and 12/1, 12/24 & 12/31)
- Sunday – Thursday: 6pm -10pm // Friday & Saturday: 6pm -11pm
- Admission is $9/person (children under 3 get in free, and Friends of City Park get in free)
- Last entry to event is 30 minutes prior to closing.
- Train Ride: $5/person
- Amusement Park Rides: $4/single ride ticket (excludes train)
- $18/unlimited ride band (includes train, must be purchased at the event)
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.
Due to the immense popularity of this holiday attraction, we strongly recommend buying and printing tickets in advance HERE to avoid waiting in ticket lines. Saturdays are the most heavily attended nights. You will find smaller crowds on weeknights, and we encourage you to visit Monday through Thursday nights. Your tickets are good for any night of the event that we are open in the current season. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and other unforeseen conditions.
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.
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Celebration in the Oaks Preview Parties
Join us in opening the Celebration in the Oaks season. The parties are always a blast and you get to view all the traditions you’ve come to know and expect as well as see what’s new before everyone else!
*Tickets for Celebration in the Oaks and Preview Parties are on sale now!
**Tickets for these events tend to sell out before the event date. Don’t wait to get yours. Only a certain number of tickets will be sold, and once sold out, no tickets will be sold at the door.
Preview Party :: Friday, November 18 (a fancy dress party for ages 21+)
One of the premier parties of the holiday season in New Orleans, this dazzling soiree kicks off the annual lights display. Guests get the first glimpse of the lights and are given exclusive access to the Botanical Garden and on the Train Route. Naturally, because this is New Orleans, food, music and adult beverages are available in abundance. Two live music stages feature the best local musicians, and guests
are treated to a tantalizing array of foods from 50+ local restaurants and caterers. Must be 21 or over to attend. Holiday cocktail attire required (no jeans).
Jingle Bells & Beer (Presented by Abita Brewing Company) :: Saturday, November 19 (A casual party where you get to ride the Amusement Park rides and sample craft beers!)
Please join us for our holiday event created just for young adults – and those young at heart! Jingle Bells & Beer will be so much good fun you’ll land on Santa’s Naughty List! In casual attire (we’d love to see your holiday wear or ugly Christmas sweaters!), guests can experience all the rides within City Park’s Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, under the beautiful lights of Celebration in the Oaks. Craft beers will be available to sample throughout the Amusement Park, and “munchies” will be provided by local food vendors. Must be 21 or over to attend.
Family Party :: Sunday, November 20 (A party for the whole family – this year with Star Wars Troopers & Jedis, a Sugar Plum Fairy, a Christmas Tree Stilt Walker, and an Elf Juggler!)
Kids get the royal holiday treatment at their own Celebration in the Oaks Family Preview Party and – bonus! – parents can enjoy this family experience without lifting a finger. Your little ones will feel like the kings and queens of the ball at this fun-filled party. Please note: we know it can be a nightmare stuffing them into dress-up clothes, so give yourself and the kids a break. This is one holiday party where casual attire is recommended.
- Early Admission: 5pm – 8:30pm (tickets: $40/person in advance)
- General Admission: 6pm – 8:30pm (tickets: $30/person in advance)
- Friends of City Park members: $25/person in advance
All sales are final – no refunds or rain checks are given. There is a $1 processing fee per online ticket, and you must present your printed ticket at the gate for entry. Tickets are valid during current season only.
You can get all the details for each party as well as buy tickets at this link.
We are so excited to offer you all TWO amazing chances to win. Enter below to win 3 “Early Admission” tickets to the Celebration in the Oaks Family Preview Party, a value of $120 (2 lucky families will win), as well as 5 tickets for general CITO admission, a value of $45 (6 lucky families will win)!
Also see our FULL GUIDE to 2016 Holiday Events in New Orleans!