Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Fri Nov 17, 2023 - Sun Jan 7, 2024
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Repeating every week — Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through January 7, 2024
Except November 23, 2023, December 24, 2023, December 25, 2023, January 5, 2024.
Also on December 18, 2023, December 19, 2023, December 26, 2023.
3:00pm ET
Age: All
Price: Children (ages 3-12) $24.95; Adults $39.95; Seniors $34.95
Bronx Zoo

Holiday Lights return to the Bronx Zoo, bigger, brighter, and greener than ever before. The beloved holiday tradition covers acres of the zoo, lighting the grounds with custom Asian lanterns, wildlife-themed LED displays, and animated light shows on the historic Astor Court.

This year’s entertainment includes:

  • Lantern Trails: Nearly 400 lanterns representing almost 100 animal and plant species. 64 new lanterns representing 9 new animal species make their debut at this year’s Holiday Lights!
  • NEW! Enchanted Sea: Get your glow on with LED swings, interactive floor projections, acrylic bubbles, and a jellyfish celebration in lights.
  • Light Show Experiences: Holiday Lights includes enhanced light shows that provide perfect photo ops for friends and family. Included is a holiday tree featuring synchronized musical light performances and a walk-through Light Tunnel with animal-themed light shows.
  • Holiday Train: The family-favorite kids' ride returns for 2023 at Fountain Circle; $4 ($3 for members)
  • Ice carvings: Nightly demonstrations as expert artists create wildlife art from giant ice blocks at Grizzly Corner
  • Illuminated performers: Encounter amazing animal-themed illuminated performers perfect for family photo ops and festive fun at Astor Court
  • Wildlife Theater: Enjoy family-friendly puppet adventures and wildlife trivia at Dancing Crane Pavilion
  • Seasonal treats: Get your fill of hot cocoa, adult beverages, roasted s’mores, warm churros, pretzels, popcorn, Dippin’ Dots, and gifts to bring home and enjoy

Purchase timed-entry tickets in advance, online.

Ticket times include:


Read about the 2021 experience here.

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