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 inconvenience – but please don’t worry! If you did complete your purchase, and you see the charge was completed on your credit card, you have an order. We expect the ticket reservations emails to be resent, but if you do not have it on the day of your visit you can stop at a Ticket Services window at our admissions area to look up your order when you arrive. Your order can be looked up by your order number, or name, or email, or phone number.
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.
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 https://event.bronxzoo.com/parking 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.
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.
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.
WCS Members who have a Zoos, Zoos PLUS or Legacy level get FREE access to Holiday Lights on Member preview days (Nov 17-19). 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. IMPORTANT! Tickets are required for all guests for all days including Member preview days and Conservation-level Members and Patrons. Additonally, 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-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 are committed to providing safe and healthy experiences for our community. The Bronx Zoo has made some changes that will be in effect for Holiday Lights including limiting the number of tickets each day, requiring face masks for staff and guests, contactless entry, providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the park and more. Please review the Bronx Zoo Know Before You Go for additional details.
Additionally, our First Aid station will be open and NYPD will be present throughout the evening.
Yes. Face coverings are required for entry and required throughout your visit. Wild Smile Face Masks are available for purchase from our website when making your ticket reservation.
We require every visitor age 3 and up to wear a mask or cloth face covering for their visit, in order to support public health and safety in our community. Masks must be worn upon entry and within the park at all times, unless a guest is seated at socially distanced picnic tables or benches in a designated Outdoor Seating Area. People without a mask or appropriate face covering could present a direct threat to the health and safety of others. In order to limit this direct threat, making masks mandatory is required for safe operation of our parks.
Yes. And we appreciate everyone’s cooperation to make it work! In addition to limiting the number of tickets available each day, we’ve made some changes inside the park to allow staff and guests to appropriately social distance. You will see markers in queuing areas as well as signs throughout the zoo to remind you to follow these guidelines. Additionally, we have indicated a recommended path, with a few select one-way only areas, to help control traffic flow.
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.
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