NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The magic of the holidays is right around the corner. Please join us for NYC’s must-see holiday tradition, Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights, which returns bigger and brighter than ever, transforming 12 acres of the zoo into a winter wonderland with hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights.

Explore six lantern trails featuring nearly 400 lanterns that represent almost 100 animal and plant species. This includes 64 NEW lanterns this year, with displays showcasing the wildlife of New York’s ocean waters and wetlands.

Also NEW this year: Immerse yourself in the Enchanted Sea, celebrating bioluminescent creatures, where kids of all ages can interact with LED swings, interactive floor projections, and ocean-themed interactive light panels.

Returning entertainment favorites include ice-carving demonstrations, illuminated performers, kids’ favorite holiday train, Wildlife Theater, seasonal treats, and more. 

Tickets for Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights start at just $26.95. New this year: Consider the Holiday Lights Any-Night ticket, which gives you the flexibility to visit during any night of your choice (limited tickets available).  

Full schedule of activities available at

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights is sponsored by Con Edison. 

What: Holiday Lights Opening Night & Media Event

When: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023

Media to check-in between 4PM and 4:30PM

Ceremony begins at 5PM on Astor Court 

Interviews to immediately follow

Who: Bronx Zoo Officials and VIP Guests 

WHERE: Bronx Zoo

Media to enter and park at Fordham Gate Entrance