New For 2021!

Holiday Cheers

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 ● 6pm — 10pm

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Guests ages 21 and over are invited to join us for Holiday Cheers, a special outdoor evening at Holiday Lights featuring unlimited delicious food samplings and a selection of festive adult beverages. Of course, the evening will also include everything you love about Holiday Lights: immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns, animated light shows, festive entertainment, seasonal treats, classic holiday music, and much more.

Whether you’re on a date night, parents’ night out, or just celebrating the season with friends, Holiday Cheers is the perfect way to make holiday memories at the Bronx Zoo.

A toast to the season

Enjoy all of your favorite Holiday Lights classic treats with special festive drink pairings. We’re talking chicken and waffles, meatballs, dumplings, poutine with cheddar ale and bacon, empanadas, and more. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, we’ve got churros, zeppoles, funnel cake, and our build-your-own s’mores stations (with even more ingredients to choose from this year!). Have fun sampling from the restaurants and cafes throughout the park. You’ll also enjoy a variety of seasonal and local beers, hot toddies, spiked hot cocoa, mulled wine, and more.

All attendees will receive a souvenir light-up Holiday Lights mug!

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Wildlife in Lights

Hundreds of thousands of lights will sparkle across 12 acres of the Bronx Zoo, including immersive light displays on Astor Court. Explore 5 illuminated safaris through Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and the oceans - featuring hundreds of custom-made animal lanterns representing wildlife from all around the world. The experience also includes traditional holiday decor, animated sculptures, colored tunnels and arches, tree lighting, and architectural lighting showing off our gorgeous historical buildings.

And don’t miss the brand new Forest of Color immersive experience, featuring 21 larger-than-life lanterns of species that sport some of the brightest colors on earth.

The Holiday Lights festive entertainment will be in full force, including animal-themed stilt walkers, and ice-carving demonstrations with expert artists who create wildlife art from giant blocks of ice.

Reserve Holiday Cheers Tickets

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What to expect during your Holiday Cheers visit:

Holiday Cheers is a fully outdoors experience.

CONSISTENT WITH NY STATE/CITY AND CDC GUIDANCE, MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR UNVACCINATED GUESTS in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.


What to expect during your daytime visit to the Bronx Zoo:

CONSISTENT WITH NY STATE/CITY AND CDC GUIDANCE:

MASKS ARE REQUIRED OUTDOORS FOR UNVACCINATED GUESTS over the age of 2, in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED INDOORS FOR ALL GUESTS over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status. In accordance with the mandate announced by New York City, our vaccination policy has changed. However, there are many outdoor experiences for you to enjoy at the zoos, regardless of vaccination status.

All guests 12 and older will be required to show proof of at least one vaccine dose in order to enter indoor exhibits. Children age 11 and younger are permitted into indoor exhibits with a vaccinated chaperone.

Be sure to stop at the Vaccination Check Station at the Bronx Zoo Admissions area before you enter the park, to show proof of vaccination for an indoor access wristband.

CHECK OUT OUR KNOW BEFORE YOU GO PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION AND our current entry policies and procedures for all other WCS Parks

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