6. Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights with gorillasPhoto by Julie Larsen Maher courtesy Bronx Zoo

The dazzling Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights are back for the first time since 2007. Visitors will be able to walk-through the zoo to experience wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns, animated light shows on the historic Astor Court and more. There are large-scale lighted sculptures of gorillas, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, reindeer, sea animals, and more.

Similar lantern and light festivals are also on on Staten Island (the NYC Winter Lantern Light Festival at Snug Harbor) and LuminoCity Festival on Randall’s Island.