Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo Brightens the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–-the return of TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights! From Nov. 14 to Jan. 10 the Houston Zoo is transformed into a magical winter spectacular, and one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. This year’s Zoo Lights event will feature timed tickets to allow for proper social distancing while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season, as well as increased cleaning and disinfecting to ensure a safe visit for all.  

photo credit Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

During Zoo Lights guests can sip their hot chocolate as earth-friendly LED lighting illuminates the ancient oak trees and decorates the paths to light the way. Guests have an opportunity to interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra presented by H-E-B, get a selfie on a giant ice throne and take a socially distanced photo with Santa as he prepares for the holidays in his workshop. Stroll through a 125-foot-long, Infinity Tunnel of Light, see dragons come to life in the 4-D Enchanted Forest presented by King & Spalding LLP, and experience Winter Wonderland presented by Houston Methodist. Additional experiences like making s’mores are also available for purchase. 

During the nightly event, the Zoo animals settle down for their long winter’s nap, and the star attraction is the lights. To see the Zoo’s animals, guests are encouraged to visit during regular daytime hours. 

photo credit Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is a separately ticketed event, held daily from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. with the last entry at 9:30 p.m. The Zoo closes for the day at 4:00 p.m. and re-opens as TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at 5:30 p.m. Tickets prices range from $12.90 – $29.95. Zoo Members save $3 per ticket when they login to their membership account to buy tickets. For the best price, guests are encouraged to buy early.  

As with every Zoo visit, guests 10 years and older are required to wear proper face coverings. Tickets must be purchased online prior to attending Zoo Lights.  

For more information, including nights of operation, and to purchase tickets, visit www.HoustonZoo.org/zoolights.  

LED Lights Help Wildlife 

The Houston Zoo saves wildlife by only using energy-saving LED lights during TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights. The LED lights are using 85% less power than incandescent lights, allowing the Houston Zoo to conserve lots of energy.  

Tons of holiday lights end up in landfills which spill over into animals’ natural homes. To help cut down on this waste, the Houston Zoo has recycled 20,019 pounds of holiday lights to date. Everyone can save wildlife by recycling broken or old holiday lights at the Houston Zoo throughout Zoo Lights. From Nov. 14 –Jan. 10 guests can bring in unwanted strings of holiday lights to help protect wildlife. Save money on electricity bills and save wildlife by using LED lights at home.  

Specialty Nights 

Member Preview Nights 
Tues. and Wed., Nov. 10 & 11 
ZooMembers can enjoy two, member preview nights and see the lights before anyone else. 

Brew Lights presented by TXU Energy  
Thurs., Nov. 12 
Adults 21 and up are invited to enjoy Zoo Lights without the kids! Stroll through the Zoo with a Saint Arnold brew, hard seltzer, or spiked hot chocolate during this 21+ event. Brew Lights tickets include two drinks. Additional safety measures are in place for this year’s event, and tickets must be purchased online in advance.  

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights: VIP Experience 
Sat., Nov. 28, Dec. 19, and Dec. 26 
See the animals at the Zoo during the day and get early access to Zoo Lights. VIP ticket holders receive daytime Zoo admission, a complimentary meal at Cypress Circle Café, and exclusive access to Zoo Lights before the public.  

Sensory Friendly Night 
Mon., Dec. 7  
On this Zoo Lights night, guests can expect a smaller crowd, quieter music, limited flashing lights, and designated quiet areas. 

Additional Specialty Nights 

Military, First Responders, and Educators are all eligible for a $3 discount off admission. Qualified guests will use a special discount code when purchasing tickets online, and they will need to present their professional ID at the gate. 

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