December 2011 - Central Park

New Year’s Eve Midnight Run & Fireworks in Central Park

The Annual Emerald Nuts Midnight Run is ready to kick off again this year at Midnight New Year’s Eve. It should be another memorable party, even if the weather proises to be seasonally challenging. . . . → Read More: New Year’s Eve Midnight Run & Fireworks in Central Park

Floating Christmas Tree in Harlem Meer

Holiday Magic in the Heart of Central Park

Sea Lion

The holidays are right around the corner and the Central Park Zoo is celebrating the season with Winterfest – a holiday celebration that includes special performances, holiday lighting displays, and presents for the animals. During the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December (Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17) the zoo will stay open until 6:30 p.m. inviting visitors to stroll through the zoo and enjoy thousands of white lights, theater performances, and presents to the animals.

Lights and festive greenery line the pathways to winter-themed activities. At Winterfest, the polar bear and penguins will receive presents filled with their favorite treats including fish-sickles and fruits. Animal keepers and zoo guides will be available to talk to guests about the animals and answer questions.

Polar-themed performances by WCS’s Wildlife Theater and live animal encounters in the Zoo Gallery will headline this year’s Winterfest activities. Families can also make a special winter craft to take home. The Central Park Zoo’s 4-D Theater will be showing The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience is based on the film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment and Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4D Experience from BBC Earth.

For a break from the chilly air, the Central Park Zoo’s Tropic Zone is a steamy 80 degrees all year long. Home to tropical birds, lemurs, and more, it is the perfect place to take a break from the cold. The Dancing Crane Café will be serving holiday treats, hot chocolate, and other festive fare. The Zootique will . . . → Read More: Holiday Magic in the Heart of Central Park


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