I've heard rumors that families are putting up Christmas trees already and I absolutely love it. While COVID may be effecting how we celebrate the holidays this year, we can still tap into the spirit of the season from a safe social distance. I'm happy to report that one of my favorite holiday traditions is still moving forward. The Bronx Zoo’s Holiday Lights, a family-favorite holiday light experience, will be back starting November 20, 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.

To keep families safe, this year’s experience will encompass a larger area of the zoo and be organized to accommodate social distancing and eliminate bottleneck areas. The zoo will have almost 50 more animal lanterns than last year and will create five geographically representative lantern safaris that include species from different regions of the world.

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

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo in NYC

Plan your Visit

The lights are on display from November 20 - January 10. 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. 

While celebrating the holiday season, all events and activities have been modified to meet all safety guidelines as directed by the State of New York. All guests over 3 years old are required to socially distance and wear face coverings, and all tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance online. For a full list of COVID-19 protocols, visit the zoo’s Know Before You Go page.

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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. Members at the Conservation Supporter level will receive free admission to Holiday Lights.

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For more information, visit www.BronxZoo.com. 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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