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 outdoor celebration is complete with 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.
We’re celebrating the wildlife we love with immersive light displays, animal lanterns, holiday decor, animated sculptures, colored tunnels and arches, tree lighting, and architectural lighting.
More than 260 lanterns representing almost 70 animal and plant species will connect you to the real wildlife and wild places that WCS staff works to protect through our field programs around the world, and our zoos and aquarium in New York. 79 new lanterns representing 30 new animal species will make their debut at this year’s Holiday Lights!
A glowing pathway celebrating Africa’s animals in lights, including giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, lions, lemurs, gorillas, okapi, African gray parrots, and chimpanzees.
Discover our illuminated macaws, jaguar, crocodile, and flamingos plus all-new guanacos, puma, elephant seals, anaconda, river turtles, and spider monkeys.
Experience North American animal lanterns, including polar bears, caribou, wolves, and bison plus all-new walrus, wolverine, brown bears, moose, trumpeter swans, golden eagles, and prairie dogs.
An undersea journey in lights including penguins, sea turtles, dolphins, corals, sea lions, spotted rays, and nurse sharks.
FOREST OF COLOR
Journey into a forest of light, surrounded by 21 all-new larger-than-life lanterns representing toads, frogs, snails, sunbirds, turtles, moths, butterflies, and more in a unique outdoor experience.
The brightly colored animals and plants that fill the Forest of Color represent the beauty and diversity of nature, showing that our planet is home to tiny animals who display some of the brightest colors on earth, and sharing ideas on how we can help to protect them.
Meet costumed wildlife characters and take a photo.
Ice Carving Demonstrations
Join us for nightly ice carving demonstrations as expert artists create wildlife art from giant ice blocks!
Ice Carving Competitions
On Fridays starting 11/26, except 12/31, watch as our expert ice artists go head-to-head in live carving competitions!
Encounter amazing animal-themed stilt walkers - perfect for family photo ops and festive fun.
The family-favorite kids’s ride returns for 2021!
Astor Court; $3 ($2 Members)
Enjoy family-friendly puppet adventures and test your wits in an animal trivia challenge.
Dancing Crane Pavilion
Get your fill of hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, ice cream, coffee, and gifts to bring home and enjoy. Plus we’re adding more s’mores than ever before - featuring creative toppings!
Throughout the Zoo
A beloved tradition returns! Plan your visit today.
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What to expect during your Holiday Lights visit:
Holiday Lights 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 5 and older will be required to show proof of at least one vaccine dose in order to enter indoor exhibits. Children under the age of 5 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.
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