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.
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.
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.
(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).
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 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.
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 due to high attendance at the event.
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!
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 9/30 at 11:59pm. All sales final. No refunds