Growing up in New Orleans, my Christmas memories are filled with driving under the oaks at City Park for Celebration in the Oaks as 1000’s of twinkling lights hung from the trees and were placed throughout the park. It was pure magic!
Well, this year and most likely only for 2020 because of COVID-19, Celebration in the Oaks is just like we remember it as kids. That's right, the driving tour is back, and it's well perfectly magical.
I could sit here and tell you how wonderful this time of year in New Orleans City Park is, but why don’t you take a peek for yourself!
Where is Celebration in the Oaks Located?
Celebration in the Oaks is located inside New Orleans City Park, 2 Friederichs Ave. New Orleans 70124. This year there is only one entrance off Wisner Blvd by the festival grounds.
Why Celebration in the Oaks a Drive-Through in 2020?
This year because of Covid 19, Celebration in the Oaks has changed a lot.
In 2020 the event is a 2.25-mile driving tour.
City Park decided to make CITO drive through so that the people of New Orleans could continue the annual tradition of visiting the million twinkling lights in a safe, socially distant way.
There is also a few interactive surprises throughout the tour, so be sure to include the names of all the members of your party so you can take advantage of them.
Visiting brought back a lot of nostalgia from my youth. As always, Celebration in the Oaks will bring out the child in anyone that visits.
When is Celebration in the Oaks Open?
Celebration in the Oaks is open nightly from November 26 until January 3, 2020, except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. It's even open on Christmas Day.
Operating hours for Celebration in the Oaks is opened from 6 pm – 10 pm on Sunday – Thursday nights, 5 pm – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and 5 pm – 10 pm on Christmas Night.
How Much Does Celebration in the Oaks Cost?
The cost to enter Celebration in the Oaks will vary by night. For instance a weekend night will cost more than a weekday night.
The Cost is as follows:
- Cars/SUVs: $18.99 – $32.99 (limit 8 guests/vehicle)
- Limos: $65.00 – $99.00 (limit 10 guests/vehicle) and Mini Buses under 11’: $125-$175 (limit 20 guests/vehicle)
- Friends of City Park members: Friends of City Park members receive 1 free admission and unlimited ½ price admission valid anytime on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from November 30th through January 3rd except for the week of Christmas: December 21st – 25th. Upon purchase, members must use the Friends of City Park membership's email address to access the perk. There is no FOCP discount for add-on activities.
IMPORTANT: You MUST purchase your ticket in advance this year on the New Orleans City Park website or you will be denied entrance.
Wait, can I still walk through?
An add-on to the driving tour allows you to visit the Carousel Gardens, Storyland, take a train ride, see the Children's Trees, roast marshmallows, have hot chocolate, and take selfies with Mr. Bingle and Santa Gator.
The cost is $15 per person, and like the driving tour, tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.
Where can I get more information about Celebration in the Oaks?
Are you going to make the Celebration in the Oaks driving tour part of your 2020 Christmas traditions?