Feel the light of th holiday season with elaborate outdoor illuminations.

See our complete NYC holiday guide for more decor & festive fun.



Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo plus more holiday fun.

🦋 More than 260 lanterns representing almost 70 animal and plant species throughout the park showcase different wildlife regions from gorillas in Africa to sea turtles in the ocean. Look up to larger than life toads, frogs, snails, sunbirds, turtles, moths, butterflies, and more in the Forest of Color.

✨Watch a gorgeous musical light show with trees that change color in time to the festive tunes and dancing, glowing reindeer on stilts.

🚂 Also look for ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, wildlife theater puppet shows and stilt walkers. Take a ride on the Holiday Train ($4).

🍽 Get hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, ice cream, coffee and creative s’mores throughout the park or dine from the extensive menu at Dancing Crane Plaza Cafe featuring hot dogs & chicken fingers plus salads & grain bowls. Pick up savory and sweet Italian treats at nearby Arthur Avenue.

🐵 Animals are not out after 4:30 pm but you can use your lights tickets to come earlier to see bears, tigers and more. See our guide to the Bronx Zoo.

⭐️ Guests that thrive in a sensory-supportive environment are invited to Sensory-Friendly Night (Nov 29).

🚊 The BxM11 express bus makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo’s Bronx River entrance. $6.75 each direction, about a 40 minute trip from midtown (see the schedule).

🚙  Two of the zoos  parking lots will be open ($17)  – Southern Boulevard (S. Blvd & 183rd St, closer to most of the lights) and Bronx River (Exit 6 off Bronx River Parkway).

🎟 Use code HOLIDAY10 to save 10%

Fri-Sun Through Jan 8
3 pm – 9 pm


New York Botanical Garden

Brilliant color, thousands of dazzling LEDs, pretty installations like rainbow trees, illuminated snowflakes and a chameleon Haupt Conservatory and Mertz Library Building illuminate the already gorgeous gardens, newly expanded for its third year.

🎶 Also enjoy artistic ice sculpting and steel pan drum music and other pop-up performances around the Garden.

🌳 Experience is all outdoors and spread out with lots of walking so bundle up (strollers welcome).

🍽 Enjoy a drink, hot cocoa, and a bite to eat at an outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up. Stop by the Pine Tree Café and warm up with a hot cocoa or coffee available for purchase, plus pizzas, pastries and more.  On Saturday nights, enjoy a pre-show meal or light bite at the Hudson Garden Grill (last reservation at 5:30 p.m.). Or get great Italian before or after at nearby Arthur Avenue.

🎟 Add on admission to the Holiday Train Show for $14 more, or save $5-10 per ticket plus get free admission to the changing garden all year long with an annual membership ($90+).

See our complete guide to the New York Botanical Garden.

Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm


Art at Industry City

Industry City

Find sparkly disco-inspired installations in the courtyards and buildings of this happening design hub.

Also take a photo in the arty elevators, go on a colorful hunt with a printable art map and see pretty decor (and tasty food) at Japan Village.

See our guides to eating, arcade games and more in Industry City.



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