Our Favorite Parts of Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo + Holiday Lights Promo Code

Photo: Julie Larsen Maher

Holiday Season is in full swing! So if you haven’t already had a chance to check out Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo, be sure to grab your tickets soon! Keep scrolling as we share our favorite parts of our recent visit as well as a special promo code just for Bronxmama readers. While 2020 has been very different, we are so happy that Holiday Lights has returned this year to keep the spirit of the holidays alive.

Photo: Julie Larsen Maher

Time with Family & Friends

During the pandemic, we’ve managed to stay sane by spending as much time outdoors as possible, whether it’s a nature walk on the trails at Orchard Beach, or inviting friends to join us at a vineyard upstate. Holiday Lights is the perfect outing to spend an evening outside enjoying the beautifully lit lights and other fun features. With this year’s Holiday Lights taking place over 12 acres, there is plenty of room to walk around and safely enjoy the experience. There are also plenty of photo opps to get those festive family selfies.

Classic Lights

While the colorful animal lanterns at Holiday Lights are an amazing sight to see, seeing parts of the Bronx Zoo lit up in the classic white lights is my absolute favorite part! As the sun sets and the architectural wonders of the Bronx Zoo begin to glow, it’s truly a magical sight to see. Be sure to grab a hot cocoa before strolling around Astor Court and enjoy watching the Christmas tree lights change into cool animal shapes as stilt walkers perform nearby.

Gift Shop

While I typically avoid the gift shop with kids in tow, it’s worth popping in for the cute holiday plushies and animal masks available at the Bronx Zoo during Holiday Lights. If you’re with another family member, try sneaking back in for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. My 8 year old is really into stuffed animals right now, so she picked out a cute holiday sloth to add to her collection.

Costumed Characters

The kids loved bumping into different costumed characters throughout the zoo during our visit. Things were obviously a bit different this year due to social distancing, but the characters still did a great job interacting with all of the children. Dance-off with Frosty anyone?

Holiday Bar

What do you get when you mix festive cocktails and string lights? A place where you can find me! ha! I loved this fun Holiday Bar featuring spiked holiday drinks and empanadas. It’s a great spot to infuse a quick date night into a family outing at the Lights.

Luminous Garden

Another fun feature this year was the Luminous Garden. After many of us adopted new plant babies during quarantine, it was a fun surprise to see birds of paradise and other popular plants amid colorful lanterns and lights.

And much more…..

Overall we had a great time, and I think the Zoo did a great job trying to spread the experience out to make it safer for everyone who visits. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is about enjoying the simple things and time with our loved ones- and Holiday Lights is a great place to do just that.

Don’t forget to also check out the s’mores station and ice carving demonstrations during your visit, and let us know what your favorite parts of Holiday Lights was!


If you still have yet to cross Holiday Lights off your holiday bucket list, or just want to return- do not forget to use our special promo code BRONXMAMAHL to save 15% off tickets. 

To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit here.

This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions expressed are our own.

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