The Bronx Zoo’s seasonal celebration returns!

Member Preview Days: Nov 17, 18, and 19 (Sold Out)
Select dates November 20 through January 10


Join us for five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more!
Changes to activity availability may occur due to unforeseen conditions. Social distancing in place for all activities. Lines for activities may close earlier to accommodate guests already on line and maintain safe social distancing. This program does not include animal exhibits. All animal exhibits close at 4:00pm. Holiday Lights is a rain or shine event.

Get real-time schedule information and map at

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Explore Five Lantern Safaris

Join us for a global safari in lights featuring illuminated animals from all over the world. Our five lantern safaris, spread out throughout the park each showcase a different wildlife region and will lead you on a fun, safe, and leisurely tour of the attractions.

A glowing pathway celebrating Africa’s animals in lights, including giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, lions, lemurs, and gorillas plus all new okapi, grey parrots, and chimpanzees!

Encounter glittering rhinos, tigers, and snow leopards as well as all new hornbills, pangolins, leopard, and monkeys!

Discover the illuminated macaws, jaguar, crocodile and new flamingos!

Experience North American animal lanterns including polar bear, caribou, wolves, sea lion, and new bison!

An undersea journey in lights including penguins, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, corals, sea lions, and new spotted rays and nurse shark!



Stilt Walkers

You’ll encounter amazing animal-themed stilt walkers - perfect for family photo ops and festive fun.

Holiday Tree

Celebrate the season at the beautifully decorated Holiday Tree.

Ice Carving & Competitions

Join us for nightly ice carving demonstrations as expert artists create wildlife art from giant ice blocks! Plus, on Fridays starting November 27, watch as our expert ice artists go head-to-head in live carving competitions!

Seasonal Treats

Hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, and other festive treats are available to enjoy.

Wildlife Theater

Enjoy three puppet adventures. Celebrate some of the animals that love cold weather. Learn about polar bears and penguins, and what it takes to survive in a chilly climate.

Costumed Characters

Meet costumed wildlife characters at Dancing Crane Pavilion and take a photo.

A beloved tradition returns! Plan your visit today.

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Luminous Garden Lantern

New this year!

Luminous Garden

See the world from an ant’s eye view in an immersive indoor illuminated garden full of larger-than-life plants and animals, including bright flowers, mushrooms, butterflies and other insects. A few surprises await you along the way.

BZ Holiday Lights Field Guide


Field Guide

Our digital field guide is chock full of fun facts about the illuminated animals you'll encounter during our five lantern safaris! It's the perfect companion for your journey through five continents of amazing wildlife.


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WCS Members


Member Tickets

  • WCS Zoo Members

    Three Preview Days – November 17 – 19
    (Sold Out)

    40% off tickets to all event days

  • IDNYC and Aquarium Members

    40 % off tickets to all event days

  • Conservation Supporter level Members & above

    Reserve free tickets to Holiday Lights throughout the program


Join as a Conservation Level Member now for FREE access to Holiday Lights!

Become a Conservation Member Now

Want to upgrade your existing membership?

Call us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5 pm daily!

Check out Members FAQs for more details.

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