Bronx Zoo holiday lights set to return after a dozen years

Some of the zoo’s dated holiday lights.

It’s difficult to imagine the cold winter months after July’s scorching heat wave, but the Bronx Zoo is bringing a little Christmas into the summer by announcing the return of its internationally-acclaimed holiday lights in late November.

The 265-acre zoo is bringing back this long awaited, holiday tradition for the first time since 2007. As a matter of fact, the Bronx Zoo holiday lights are the only professionally choreographed holiday light show in the borough.

Before its 12-year hiatus, the Bronx Zoo lights had illuminated all sorts of holiday cheer throughout its grounds in all different shapes, styles and sizes.

While some took the shape of a more traditional Christmas style objects, others were styled as butterflies and three-dimensional horses ‘riding’ through the expansive hardwood forest. In addition there were animated turtledoves and other avian figures that would swoop from treetop to treetop.

So now for the end of 2019, this new dazzling light display will cover several acres of the zoo in a walk-through experience featuring wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns and animated light shows on the historic Astor Court.

The newest lights will also include entertainment for the late night. Family festivities will include holiday-themed music, ice carving demonstrations, caroling, performances, ice carving, train rides, seasonal treats and souvenirs.

The lights will shine once again from Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 21) to Saturday, January 5.

Between these lights and the Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train show, this reporter is already getting into the Christmas and holiday spirit.

The zoo’s Monkey House lit up in 2007.
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