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Bronx Zoo Holiday Light Show

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  2. Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
    Photograph: Courtesy WCS/Julie Larsen Maher

Time Out Says

The Bronx Zoo’s sparkling seasonal celebration featuring animated lights and LED displays of animals from around the world is back this year.

Expect the zoo to have close to 260 animal lanterns across geographically representative "lantern safaris" from various corners of the world. Wind your way around the zoo's five trails—Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Oceans—to see glowing animals from each continent.

On the Africa trail, you'll see giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, lions, lemurs, gorillas, okapi, African gray parrots, and chimpanzees. On the Latin America trail, you can say "hello" to macaws, jaguars, crocodiles, and flamingos, plus all-new guanacos, puma, elephant seals, anaconda, river turtles, and spider monkeys. On the Ocean trail, you'll go "under the sea" of lights and see penguins, sea turtles, dolphins, corals, sea lions, spotted rays, and nurse sharks.

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out

Not only that, but there will be a new Forest of Color with 21 all-new larger-than-life lanterns representing toads, frogs, snails, sunbirds, turtles, moths, butterflies, and more. Across the whole experience, there are 79 new lanterns representing 30 new animal species.

There is also holiday-themed music throughout the experience, live ice carvings, costumed characters, stilt walkers, a holiday train, a wildlife theater, souvenirs and seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores that you can roast and assemble yourself!

Bronx Zoo Holiday lights
Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out

Bronx Zoo Holiday LightsPhotograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out


$24.95 for kids, $39.95 for adults
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