The New Orleans Holiday Tradition

November 25 - January 2

City Park’s largest fundraiser, Celebration in the Oaks presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, is the New Orleans holiday family tradition. This incredible light festival has enchanted Park visitors since the 1980s and is vital to the Park’s maintenance, care, and beautification year round. Make memories with your loved ones in City Park this holiday season.

Plan Your Holiday Experience

  • 2.25 mile Driving Tour
  • Carousel Gardens Experience
  • Additional Holiday Lagniappe
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Come to experience over a million twinkling lights on this year’s Driving Tour or enjoy unlimited rides at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and the outdoor bar in the Botanical Garden – or a combination of both!

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Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans family tradition that began in the late 1980s, and is now one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country.

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2021 Merry Makers

Oscar J. Tolmas - Charitable Trust
Fox8 Local News
Friends of City Park New Orleans
Hahn Enterprises Inc.
Burkart Family
First Bank and Trust
Magic 101.9
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