City Park News

Celebrate Celebration!

This year there are even more parties!

Preview Party – Friday November 21st (A fancy-dress cocktail party!)

Jingle Bells & Beer – Saturday November 22nd (A casual party where you get to ride the Amusement Park rides and sample craft beers!)

Family Party – Sunday November 23rd (A party for the whole family – this year with the FROZEN characters!)


You can get all the details for each party, as well as buy tickets at this link.

New Orleans’ premier holiday event, Celebration in the Oaks, is just around the corner and we have new exhibits and surprises for you, your friends, and family. Walk through a million twinkling lights and make some memories.

-Open: November 28 – January 3 and Closed: 12/1 thru 12/4; 12/24 and 12/31 

-Hours Open: Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 6pm-11pm

-Admission is $8/person, Children under 3 get in free, Friends of City Park get in free

Walk through the Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland lit up with twinkling lights and bustling with holiday cheer. The holiday train ride through the Park and the antique carousel are can’t-misses during the season! There is nightly musical entertainment and a full service café. Don’t forget Mister Bingle – a great photo opportunity each year!


Early November Information
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes place in the Park October 31st and November 1st and 2nd; some Park attractions will be open while others closed.

New Orleans Botanical Garden – closed Nov. 1st and 2nd

The Festival Grounds and a part of Big Lake will remain closed to the public until Voodoo has vacated the  premises .

Boating/Biking on Big Lake is closed (will reopen on 11/3)

City Park’s North Course (Golf), NOLA City Bark, and the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center will also remain open during these dates.


Carousel Gardens Amusement Park – open with regular hours.

Storyland – open with regular hours.

City Putt – open with regular hours.

Parking near each venue will be held for those visiting Carousel Gardens, Storyland, or City Putt. 

A Holiday Gift: The City Park Story

A new book about City Park has been printed and it’s perfect for holiday gifting. Written and photographed by Kerri McCaffety, you’ll feel like you’re in the Park while at home looking through the pages. Spending months photographing the Park, Kerri was able to capture the Park in all its splendor. Purchase yours at this link.  To find out more about Kerri, her earlier works, and accolades, check out her website here . And NEW this year: buy your book from the Administration office (1 Palm Drive) before the end of the year and get 2 free Celebration in the Oaks tickets!   

Botanical Garden Lecture Series

Get your tickets now to hear Marc Pastorek discuss Native Plant Selections and Design-Management Approaches for Bio-swales, Retention Basins, and Rain. The lecture is on November 12th and will run from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Garden Study Center in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. To purchase tickets or for more information, please email Susan at  or click here.

Kids in the Garden

Introduce your kids to the world of gardening! The Botanical Garden Growing Gardeners program introduces children to the joy of gardening while learning about (and playing with!) plants, food, and ecosystems. This class is held Saturday mornings for kids ages 6 to 9, and the class fee is $15 per class. For more information or to register, call 483-9470 or e-mail

Gobble then Wobble


Gobble then wobble to City Putt this year! City Putt will be open on Thanksgiving day from 10am to 10pm with the last rental at 9pm. Share the day or night with the dancing frog at hole 18 on the Louisiana side or your friend Mister Bingle near the Royal Street hole on the New Orleans themed course. There are two 18-hole courses and both are great fun! Check out this link  for course details and pricing.

Carousel Gardens, Storyland, and the New Orleans Botanical Garden will not be open on Thanksgiving.

Your Park, Your Perks!


Need a great gift this holiday season? Give the gift of Park Perks through membership with Friends of City Park. Members enjoy Park-wide benefits year round, including free admission to Celebration in the Oaks!

Give the gift of friendship, with a membership to Friends of City Park. For more information on Park Perks or membership, please call 504-483-9376 or visit this link.

Need a gift you can wrap? Consider the 2014 Friends of City Park ornament, on sale now. These beautifully made collector items are inspired by City Park landmarks and designed by New Orleans artist, India Stewart. This year’s ornament celebrates the beloved Ladybug Roller coaster (soon to be in Carousel Gardens again!). Ornaments are available at this link at  Park gift shops, and the Friends of City Park office.

Archives Needed

Like many people, City Park lost many historical items in Hurricane Katrina. We are now trying to replenish our archives. If you have photos, stories, video, or any items from City Park’s history – we want to see them! If you can copy them or donate them we would appreciate it. We have such a rich history as a part of New Orleans and we love hearing and seeing details from the people who love the Park. If you can help, please email our Media Manager, Amanda Frentz, at .

Voodoo That You Do

The 16th annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience continues November 1st and 2nd with plenty of big names to draw you to City Park.  The Saturday line-up includes Thirty Seconds to Mars, Big Freedia, and many more.  Sunday Voodoo closes out the festival with a two and half hour Foo Fighters set plus Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and many more.  IN addition to 4 stages of non-stop music enjoy delicious local cuisine, a Ferris wheel, rides, large scale interactive art installations, costumes and beautiful scenery.  Kids under 10 get in free.  Single Day tickets are available at the box office and online at this link.