Celebration in the Oaks | Gray Line New Orleans

Celebration in the Oaks

Hop on the "Happy Holiday bus” for a narrated tour to New Orleans’ City Park, one of the ten largest urban parks in the country, home to the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world.  Trees in the oldest grove are over 800 years old!

Enjoy the view of 19th century mansions, brightly decorated for the holidays, in the city’s original Creole area as we travel Esplanade Avenue, a boundary of Faubourg Treme, the subject of the hit HBO television series “Treme”.

See historic City Park transformed into a holiday wonderland.  Its ancient oak trees are aglow with massive ornaments decorated with over 1/2 million sparkling lights.  Children from over 200 area schools create handcrafted ornaments to decorate Christmas trees that line the walkways in the Carousel Gardens & Storyland.

Lighted exhibits include the Cajun Night Before Christmas, the “Who Dat” Tree, Santa Gator, a life size Nativity scene, and “A Jackson Square Holiday”. Live nightly musical entertainment features a mix of school choirs, orchestras, bell choirs, dancing troupes and gospel groups.  

The Friends of City Park Holiday Gift Shop and the Botanical Garden Shop are open nightly for special holiday shopping.  Food and drink are available for purchase at the Holiday Café which features a variety of local and holiday fare.

Experience New Orleans…Christmas Style!


     6:00pm Depart from Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office
     6:30pm Arrive at City Park 
     6:30 - 8:30pm Visit and experience Celebration in the Oaks (on your own)
     8:30pm  Depart from City Park
     9:00pm  Return to Gray Line Ticket Office   

(Some walking is necessary.)

Cost includes the narrated motor coach tour, group escort, and admission to the Celebration Grounds, Carousel Gardens, Conservatory of the Two Sisters, Storyland and the Botanical Gardens. Amusement rides, carousel and train rides are available at additional cost.  Private tours may be arranged at other departure times.

We recommend that you book this tour 24 hours in advance. Subject to availability, we will take reservations through the tour date.  Please call 504-569-1401 or 800-233-2628 for further details.

Celebration in the Oaks Tour

Note: Includes admission and narrated motor coach transportation.



3 hours

Departure Time:

Dec 1-23, 26-30, 2020
6pm Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat

Departs From:

Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office (Toulouse St.@ the Mississippi River in the French Quarter)


Adult: $29
Child: $19 (ages 6-12)
Group: $26
  • Group rates apply to a minimum of 10 adults on our regularly scheduled tours.
  • Private tours may be arranged at other departure times.