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TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is back and more spectacular than ever this year – now with more than 2 million lights! There are new and exciting additions around every corner at this year’s most anticipated holiday tradition. From a completely lit-up African Forest with larger-than-life, glowing, rotating ornaments to a walk-in snow globe, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will be sure to delight the entire family. Bring your camera to capture all the special moments!

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

November 19 – January 4 (closed Dec 24 & 25)

Value Nights: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Last entry at 9 p.m.)
Prime Nights: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Last entry at 9:30 p.m.)

This is a separate event from general Zoo admission.
The Zoo closes for the day at 5:00 p.m. and re-opens at 6:00 p.m.

November 19 – January 4
Members Only Nights
Value Nights
Prime Nights
Closed Dec 24 & 25

Purchase Discounted Tickets Online

Choose your night from the drop-down list below and click GO to begin ticket purchase. Online ticket sales end at 4 p.m. for that night; after 4 p.m., get your tickets at the gate.

Tickets you purchase online need to be printed or shown on a mobile device at the gate. (They are not “will call.”)

Ticket Prices

Value Nights Prime Nights
Online At Gate Online At Gate
Zoo Members $8.95 $10.95 $10.95 $12.95
General Admission $10.95 $12.95 $12.95 $14.95

Children 1 and Under – FREE admission to Zoo Lights

Membership offers you benefits all year long, in addition to a discount on Zoo Lights. Find out more:


Give the Gift of Grub to Houston Zoo animals this holiday season!



Video: See What Makes This Year Sparkle!

Slideshow: Magical Scenes This Year

Get a preview of the artistic creations and beautiful scenes you can experience this year at TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights!

Event Details

Parking and Free Shuttle
All Zoo parking info can be found on our Hours and Directions page. Lots near the Zoo’s main entry fill quickly. A later arrival (8 p.m. rather than 6 p.m.) may improve your parking options. Or catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park & Ride lot (1604 West Bellfort) Ride to the Hermann Park/Rice U Station (at Fannin and Sunset) and walk through the park to our main entrance.

The Zoo’s Medical Center entrance will not be open, so be sure to go to the main entrance.

On Prime nights, alternative parking is available for a fee at two garages: Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza garage at 6400 Fannin and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston garage at 1144 Binz St. There will be free round trip trolley service to the Zoo’s main entrance. On nights when the trolley is running, we will post a sign at the intersection of Hermann Park Dr. and Cambridge St.

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Private Holiday Parties - and Building Closings

Musical Entertainment

The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Dining and Drinks

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