Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo. During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. The celebration includes festive entertainment, seasonal treats, and classic holiday music. The walk-through experience is a beloved tradition, enchanting and fun for all ages. Changes to activity availability may occur due to unforeseen conditions. This program does not include animal exhibits. All animal exhibits close at 4:00pm. Holiday Lights is a rain or shine event.
Yes! We are pleased to offer a specific Sensory-Friendly Night on November 29, 2022 to provide an experience that is supportive of guests with sensory sensitivities. See details of program modifications on the event page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
We will make all announcements about overall event schedule or closures on our website: BronxZoo.com
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. In the event of a closure, you will be issued new ticket(s) for another operating date.
For specific weather-dependent activities or unforeseen changes in program, please use our mobile site.
Daytime park hours on days with Holiday Lights is 10:00am - 4:30pm. The last tickets sold for daytime operating hours is 12pm. Guests with daytime admission tickets must exit the park by 4:30pm. Holiday Lights ticket sales start at 3:00pm. Guests entering the zoo after 3:00pm must have a Holiday Lights ticket to stay in the park.
All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds, cancellations or rescheduling. Due to capacity restrictions we must adhere to the ticketing policies which were stated prior to purchase. This includes the terms and conditions acknowledgment that all sales are final and there are no revisions for credit, refund, rescheduling, exchange or cancellation.
We are sorry for the difficulty. Please first check to confirm that the purchase was completed on your credit card. If the charge is in “Pending” status of your account, that means that the transaction was not completed and there is no order made.
If the charge was fully processed and you viewed the Sale Confirmation page at the end of your online transaction but you did not receive the order email, then check your junk/spam folder. If you do not find it, you can contact us to resend your tickets. Please reach out to the Reservation Center to ask for the tickets to be resent: Phone: 800-433-4149 or email (if visit is more than 7 days away): email@example.com. Be sure to include the name, email and phone number associated with your purchase.
You must get the tickets resent prior to your visit to ensure that your order was processed. If you do arrive on site without the ticket PDF it is a risk that you may not have an order reservation, and if we are sold out you will not be permitted entry.
Yes! Active military and veterans are eligible to receive a complementary Holiday Lights ticket for themselves and 50% off tickets for up to 3 guests. Advance ticket reservation required. Please use promotional code MILITARYBZ for active personnel and VETERANBZ for Veterans during checkout. Military member must be present with valid ID on entry. Group must stay together on arrival. Not transferable to spouses. To use these promotional codes, you must purchase your tickets using this link.
We offer 30% off of Holiday Lights tickets to NYC undergraduate college students. Advance ticket reservation required. Please use promo code NYCCOLLEGE during checkout. Eligible students must either be: a) attending a NYC college (must show a valid college ID from an institution within the 5 boroughs of New York City; b) NYC resident, attending non-NYC college (must show valid college ID and proof of NYC residency). To use this promotional code, you must purchase your tickets here.
ENTRY ONLY at Bronx River Gate and Southern Boulevard Gate
Parking at the Bronx Zoo is available via the Southern Blvd entrance and Bronx River Parkway entrance. $20 car; ($23 bus, S. Blvd only). Availability is on a first come first served basis and not guaranteed. Please be aware that the Asia Gate and Fordham Road Gate are both closed at 2pm and not available for Holiday Lights access.
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.
On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday dates, Holiday Lights operates 3pm to 9pm (last entry 8pm). On Friday and Saturday dates, Holiday Lights operates 3pm to 10pm (last entry 9pm).
Holiday Lights tickets are available for 1-hour timed arrival windows, beginning at 3pm. A 3pm ticket for Holiday Lights allows guests to arrive with a little time to visit animal exhibits before those close for the day, promptly at 4:00pm. Then see the park transform and light up during the sunset transition! Lights and lanterns are turned on around sundown.
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 as well as one way paths.
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.
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.
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.
The Bronx Zoo, in partnership with KultureCity, is working to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory processing needs. Learn more about the Holiday Lights experience with our social story.
NEW in 2022! Join us for a special Sensory-Friendly Night on November 29, 2022. See details of program modifications and purchase tickets on the event page.
If visiting on another night for Holiday Lights nights, guests can:
Check out a KultureCity Sensory Bag. Available free of charge with an ID hold, bags are loaned on a first come first serve basis. We ask that bags are returned by 9pm. Sensory bags containing fidget tools, noise-canceling headphones and other resources. They are fully disinfected when returned and before a new guest checks one out.
Take a break in the Quiet Area. Available 5-8pm, Sun – Thurs; 5-9pm Fri & Sat. Indoors at Administration West building, next to the Sea Lion Pool. This is an indoor space with lower light and sound, to help guests needing a break from highly stimulating program areas.
For visitors in need of assistance, please contact Guest Relations at 718-220-5103 or stop by Administration West building, next to Sea Lion Pool.
WCS Members who have a Zoos, Zoos PLUS or Legacy level get FREE access to Holiday Lights on Member preview days (Sold Out). Exclusive Member discount (40% off) is available for all other dates. WCS Conservation Supporters, Conservation Fellows, Conservation Partners, Patrons, and Heritage Circle Members have FREE access to the entire Holiday Lights program with advance reservations. IMPORTANT! Tickets are required for all guests for all days including Member preview days and Conservation-level Members and Patrons. Additionally, free or discounted Member entry is only for the quantity of people covered on the membership. Each additional guest must have a regular Holiday Lights ticket. Please make sure you have your membership card and photo ID upon entry.
Not a Conservation-level Member? Call us at 718-220-5112 from 9 am to 5pm to upgrade your existing membership.
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
Know Before You Go
Important Warning: 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.
We only allow working Service Animals, in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, “a service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to work or perform tasks for assisting a person with a disability.” Service dogs are working animals, not pets. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Pets, comfort animals, emotional support or therapy animals are not permitted at the Zoo. Upon arrival at the park, you must check in with Admissions so a supervisor can review some logistical items with you and issue a Service Dog Admission pass*. Thank you for your cooperation to ensure a safe and successful visit for yourself, your service dog, the animals cared for at the zoo, and other park guests.
*As stipulated by the ADA, Zoo staff may request that a service dog experiencing difficulty or demonstrating problematic behaviors, such as barking or lunging, be removed from the Zoo immediately. We ask that you promptly comply with any such request for the safety and welfare of all.
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