Coupon for Lightopia at Chiswick House in London, England

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The Bronx Zoo is truly a magical place during the holiday season! Let there be light at the Bronx Zoo!

As the sun slowly sinks in the horizon, the Bronx Zoo comes to life with custom designed animal lanterns, immersive light displays and animated light shows. This walk through experience is enchanting and fun for the entire family, the young and the young at heart.

Journey on an illuminated safari. An awesome display of beautiful lights will stretch before you. Marvel at this wild wonderland of lanterns and lights.

Over 260 lanterns are sculptured into nearly 70 animals and plants. 30 new animal species made up of 79 new lanterns will make their debut this year. See animals from different continents and the ocean:


  • Giraffes
  • Lions
  • Okapi
  • Cheetahs
  • Zebras
  • Lemurs
  • Gorillas
  • Chimpanzees
  • African Gray Parrots

Latin America

  • Macaws
  • Jaguar
  • Crocodile
  • Flamingos
  • Puma
  • Anaconda
  • Elephant seals
  • Guanacos
  • River Turtles
  • Spider Monkeys

North America

  • Polar Bears
  • Wolverine
  • Moose
  • Brown Bears
  • Prairie Dogs
  • Caribou
  • Wolves
  • Trumpeter Swans
  • Bison
  • Golden Eagles
  • Walrus


  • Rhinos
  • Elephants
  • Snow Leopard
  • Markhor
  • Tigers
  • Hornbills
  • Pangolin
  • Monkeys
  • Leopards


  • Sea Turtles
  • Corals
  • Penguins
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Lions
  • Nurse Sharks
  • Spotted Rays

You’ll also see lanterns representing frogs, butterflies, snails, moths, sunbirds and more. The animals and plants in the Forest of Color show that some of the tiniest of creatures can display some of the brightest colors.

There will be nightly ice carving demonstrations. Watch as expert ice artists create wildlife art from huge blocks of ice. You can also watch Ice Carving Competitions.

The Wildlife Theater will present family friendly puppet adventures. Compete in animal trivia challenges.

You’ll see costumed animal characters. Marvel at the amazing animal themed stilt walkers. Be sure to bring a camera. There will be an abundance of Instagram worthy photo ops.

Classic holiday music will be playing throughout the evening. Take a ride on the Holiday Train that travels through the Zoo.

Should you get hungry while seeing the sights, the Zoo has seasonal treats available for purchase. Enjoy hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, ice cream, coffee and more. They also have s’mores featuring creative toppings.


Are you looking for a way to save money on the Holiday Lights? Buy your ticket here and you can save $4 (20% discount) on each ticket.