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Houston Zoo

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

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'Tis the season for bigger and brighter TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights!

November 23 - January 12, 2020

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Event Details

Don’t miss one of Houston’s best loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra presented by H-E-B, and get a selfie on the giant ice throne! You’ll also have an opportunity to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Add additional experiences like decorating your own yummy churros, making yummy s’mores, and much more.

NEW for 2019:
Zoo Lights is 2x brighter! Stroll through a 100-foot-long, Infinity Tunnel of Light presented by KSBJ, experience the 4-D Enchanted Forest presented by King & Spalding LLP, see a giant Ice Dragon come to life, experience “snow” in Winter Wonderland presented by Houston Methodist, plenty of new photo ops, and much more!

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 23-January 12
5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
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Group Tickets
A minimum purchase of 20 tickets is required for group tickets. Tickets are priced at $15 each and this discount is only available online. Group tickets are not available for purchase onsite.

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Member Preview Nights: Nov. 19 & 20
Members can enjoy two member preview nights. Not a member? Sign up today to enjoy early access.

MEMBER PREVIEW: NOV. 19

MEMBER PREVIEW: NOV. 20

Recycle Your Christmas Lights
You can help save animals in the wild and recycle your old or broken holiday lights at the Zoo’s main entrance. 
Since 2016, 18,757 lbs of holiday lights were recycled, the weight of approximately two female Asian elephants!   

Just by attending TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights, you are helping save animals in the wild.

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HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Daylight Savings Time, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission 6pm)
    Central Standard Time, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
    Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, All hours subject to change - See website for more details
    Zoo Lights Times: Daytime 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Zoo Lights: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Adults 12-64: $19.95 Children 2-11: $15.95 Seniors 65+: $14.95 Children 1 and under are free. | The Houston Zoo offers free admission to guests on the first Tuesday of each month September through May from 12:00 p.m. until closing. Does not apply to June, July and August.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park. Please note, parking is limited so consider arriving early or using public transportation.

Special Offers / Dining

Wherever you are in the Houston Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Cafes, carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as burgers, salads, hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, beverages and more.

 

Food Trucks

Our chefs are constantly working to provide Zoo guests with exciting new options for refreshments. The latest addition includes themed food trucks with a variety of savory and sweet options. Visit the Masakan truck located near our jaguar habitat for Asian inspired cuisine, and our BBQ Americana trailer for smoked meats and classic sides.

 

Macaw Café

The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.

 

Herzstein Trading Post

Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, the Trading Post offers Dole Whips as well as a variety of other snacks and treats, including cookies, large pretzels, and popcorn. You’ll also find beverages like soda, juice and Saint Arnold beer.

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