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I've heard rumors that families are putting up Christmas trees already and I absolutely love it. The Bronx Zoo’s Holiday Lights, a family-favorite holiday light experience, will be back starting November 19, bringing New Yorkers much-needed joy for the winter season.

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The Bronx Zoo is located on 265 acres of hardwood forest in Bronx, NY and it's a national treasure. It opened on Nov. 8, 1899 and has been connecting families with nature ever since. The holiday programming has been delighting families for decades as folks travel to see the light display.

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!

Special Events at the Holiday Lights

Entertainment will include holiday-themed music, ice carving demonstrations, costumed characters, stilt walkers, souvenirs, and seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores. 

  • 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!Grizzly Corner
  • HOLIDAY TRAIN: The family-favorite kids’s ride returns for 2021!Astor Court; $3 ($2 Members)

  • CHEERS!: On Wednesday, December 1st, adult guests ages 21 and over are invited to join us for a special evening at Holiday Lights featuring unlimited delicious food and a selection of adult beverages.

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo in NYC

Plan your Visit

The lights are on display from November 19th - January 9th Tickets for Holiday Lights must be purchased in advance and are now available online. Now through October 4, save 30% off your early bird tickets. 

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WCS members will receive a 40-percent discount and the opportunity to preview Holiday Lights on November 17-19 before the festivities open to the public on November 20 (note the preview tickets are sold out for 2021). Members at the Conservation Supporter level will receive free admission to Holiday Lights.

This program does not include animal exhibits. All animal exhibits close at 4:00pm. Holiday Lights is a rain or shine event.

Get your tickets here

For more information, visit The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10460

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo in NYC

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