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Preview Days: November 21, 22, 23, 24

November 29–December 31* and January 3–5

Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 5– 10 p.m.

*Excluding December 24 & 25


How much are tickets for Holiday Lights?

Adult $29.95; Child (3-12) $22.95; Seniors $28.95

How do I get tickets?

Holiday Lights tickets are available for purchase online or on site at arrival. We recommend getting your tickets in advance to avoid a line at Admissions.

Do I need a special ticket?

Yes. You need a Holiday Lights ticket.

Do I need to print my ticket?

Online tickets can be scanned from your mobile device and do not need to be printed.

Is there a group rate?

For groups of 10 or more, please contact our Group Sales Department (, 800-433-4149 for special rates and offers.

At what age does a child need a ticket?

Children 2 and under are free. All guests 3 years old and over must have a ticket.

What discounts are available?

We offer senior discounts, group discounts, active military, veteran, and Member discounts.

Do you offer refunds?

Tickets are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets are not date-specific, and can be used on any Holiday Lights event date.

What if the event is cancelled or postponed?

Holiday Lights tickets are not date-specific and can be used for another day. We will make all announcements about overall event schedule or closures on our website:

While we plan to be open all of our operating dates, please understand if a significant weather event or storm might cause a change of schedule.

For specific weather-dependent activities or unforeseen changes in program, please use our mobile site.

Can I stay for Holiday Lights if I come during the day?

Daytime park hours on days with Holiday Lights is 10:00am – 4:30pm. Guests with General Admission tickets must exit the park by 4:30pm. Guests entering the zoo after 3:00pm must have a Holiday Lights ticket to stay in the park.


Getting Here

Is parking available?

Parking at the Bronx Zoo is available via the Southern Blvd entrance and Bronx River Parkway entrance. $17 car; $20 bus. Availability is on a first come first served basis and not guaranteed. Please check before you visit to check parking availability. If you’re using public transportation, please use the Pelham Parkway subway station as Asia Gate will be closed.

What is the best place for me to get a shared ride service or taxi?

Southern Boulevard Pedestrian entrance.

How do I get to the zoo if I don’t have a car?

The BxM11 express bus makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo's Bronx River entrance (Gate B). For your return trip, pick up the bus just outside the same gate at the MTA BxM11 sign (just before the underpass). ADA-accessible route: #2 train to Pelham Parkway. This station has three elevators* that lead down to street level. Head west to the Zoo's Bronx River entrance (Gate B). Please check with the MTA for schedules.


The Experience

When is Holiday Lights?

Nov 21 – 24
Nov 29-30
Dec 1 – 31st (closed 12/24 and 12/25)
Jan 3 - 5

5 – 9pm; Sunday – Thursday
5– 10pm; Friday – Saturday

Ticket sales for Holiday Lights start at 3pm.

Which gates/entrances are open for Holiday Lights?

Bronx River and Southern Boulevard Gates are open.

Is Holiday Lights free on Wednesdays?

No. After 3:00pm a Holiday Lights ticket is required for entering.

During Holiday Lights last entry for daytime park tickets is 3:00pm.

Is the entire zoo open?

No. Holiday Lights will take over a large portion of the Bronx Zoo, but all animal exhibit buildings and some other areas will be closed after 4:00pm. Please adhere to all posted signs or barriers that block off some pathways.

Will animal exhibits be open?

The star attraction for Holiday Lights is the lights! All indoor animal exhibits will be closed to allow animals to get a full night’s rest. To see our animals, please visit the Bronx Zoo during the daytime. In winter season, last entry to animal exhibits is 4:00pm.

Can I eat dinner there?

A variety of standard and special seasonal food offerings will be available. The Dancing Crane Café will be open during all Holiday Lights operating hours. Additional food stands and carts may be open depending on weather.

Do you have Holiday Lights souvenirs?

Yes! The Bronx Zoo Store will be open during all Holiday Lights operating hours. Additional gift stands and carts may be available, weather permitting.

Is the Zoo Shuttle running?

(Weather Permitting) Zoo Shuttle will be available for free return transportation only to Bronx Parkway and Southern Boulevard parking from 6:00pm through closing. Zoo Shuttle route may be altered to service overflow parking at Asia Parking Lot (drop off and pick up at Southern Boulevard station).

For up to date status on the Shuttle, visit

How long does it take to see the whole event?

With hundreds of displays, as well as a variety of scheduled activities, programs, dining and shopping options, you can spend all night there! We typically find a Holiday Lights visit to be 2-3 hours.

Can I touch the displays?

For your safety, please do not touch any of the light displays. Stay on marked pathways and do not wander into planters or display areas.

Can I rent a wheelchair or stroller?

A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent at each entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. Electric Convenience Vehicles are only available for rent at the Southern Boulevard entrance. See Accessibility for more information.

Can I bring my own stroller? Are there any stroller restrictions?

Yes, you can bring your own stroller. Some buildings and exhibits request that you stow your stroller in a designated area before entering.



Do Members get Holiday Lights free?

WCS Members who have a Zoos, Zoos PLUS or Legacy level get FREE access to Holiday Lights on preview days (Nov 21-24). WCS Conservation Supporters, Conservation Fellows, Conservation Partners, Patrons, and Heritage Circle Members have FREE access to the entire Holiday Lights program. Exclusive Member discount (40% off) is available for all other dates. Holiday Lights is free for Conservation Supporter level and above. IMPORTANT! Free or discounted Member entry is only for the quantity of people covered on the membership. Each additional guests must have a regular Holiday Lights ticket. Please make sure you have your membership card and photo ID upon entry.

Not a Conservation Supporter? Call us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5pm to upgrade your existing membership.

I have a WCS IDNYC Membership - what discounts do I get?

Holiday Lights is a special event with extended park hours and is not included in IDNYC Member benefits. A WCS IDNYC Member can purchase a Holiday Lights ticket at our Member discount. Member discount is only for the quantity of people on the Membership (IDNYC Membership covers one person – only the individual named on the card). Valid Membership card and ID must be presented on entry with Member ticket. If you’d like to upgrade your existing Membership you can! Call us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5 pm daily!

I have an IDNYC membership – can I come for free on preview days?

IDNYC Members are not eligible for free entry on Preview Days, but are eligible for a 40% Member discount ticket for the named individual on the card.

I have a WCS AQUARIUM Membership - can I come for free on preview days?

Aquarium-Only Members are eligible for the 40% Member discount tickets (for the quantity of people covered on the Membership), but are not eligible for the free entry on Preview Days. But you can upgrade your existing membership by calling us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Join us for even more great benefits and wild experiences.

I have a WCS AQUARIUM Membership - what discount do I get?

All WCS Members can receive a 40% discount on Holiday Lights tickets for the quantity of people covered on your Membership. You must show your Membership card upon arrival, so please be sure to check your Membership level to purchase the correct quantity of discount tickets.

I have free parking with my Membership - can I park at Holiday Lights for free?

Yes. Member parking benefits do apply to Holiday Lights. All standard parking policies and restrictions apply (one car per membership per day; member must show valid card and ID upon arrival or parking fees will apply. Parking is on a first come first serve basis and is not guaranteed. Availability is subject to capacity or other unforeseen conditions.) Members with Fountain Circle parking benefits please note: there is no Fountain Circle parking available (daytime or evening) for the duration of Holiday Lights.

What if I don't have my membership card when I arrive? Can I still use my Member tickets?

For your best experience, please have you valid Member card and ID ready upon arrival at the zoo. Member look-up will be available at the Admissions entry. We will do our best to assist you in a timely manner, but some delay can be expected for look-ups due to high attendance at the event.

Is there a WCS Member discount?

Yes, all WCS Members receive 40% off Holiday Lights tickets with promo code MEMBERSONLY. A valid membership card and photo ID must be presented at the time of entry.

As a WCS Member, can I buy discounted tickets for my friends/family?

The Member discount for Holiday Lights tickets is for Members only. You must show your Membership card and photo ID upon entry when using discounted Member tickets. Discounted tickets are only for the quantity of people covered on your Membership level. If you’d like to upgrade your existing Membership you can! Call us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5 pm daily!


General Information

The Bronx Zoo is a smoke-free park. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is only permitted in parking lots and the designated smoking area adjacent to Southern Blvd admissions. Pets are not permitted. Guests who rely on service animals may bring them into the Zoo, provided that the animals remain properly leashed. Guests are solely responsibility for the care and control of their animals. Balloons, radios, bikes, skateboards, or scooters are not permitted in the Zoo. Playing ball is also prohibited.

Some areas may include intense audio, UV lighting, extremely low visibility, strobe lights, fog, and/or special effects. It is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic, pregnant, are prone to seizures, or have heart and/or respiratory problems.

Your safety is our priority. Our First Aid station will be open and NYPD will be present throughout the evening.

**Not applicable towards prior purchases; no cash back or credit will be issued. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Discount code must be entered at the time of checkout. Online transactions only. Offer ends 1/5/2020. All sales final. No refunds

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