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6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last admission at 9:00 p.m.)
Zoo Lights is open every night from November 23 through January 5 except for December 24.
Members - $8
Non-members – $10
Get $1 off your ticket when you purchase online!
Free admission for kids under age 2.
For more information on group tickets, call 713-533-6500
Show your Discovery Green Ice Rink ticket at the Houston Zoo and get $2 off your admission ticket to TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights! Plus, Discovery Green invites you to take $2 off your Ice Skating ticket when you show your Zoo Lights ticket!
Funnel cakes, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, decorate your own gingerbread man, hot chocolate, s’mores, pizzas, sandwiches and more!
The Zoo’s FREE Android and iPhone App features a guided tour of Zoo Lights with details about the displays and a GPS-enabled map that shows you where you are on the tour! You also get an extensive animal guide handy for daytime Zoo visits, fun postcard frames for your photos and more. Download before you go and have an even richer Zoo experience!
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Get your tickets before you arrive. When you purchase Zoo Lights tickets in advance, you’ll not only enjoy a $1 discount per ticket, but you’ll spend less time standing in line and more time enjoying all that Zoo Lights has to offer.
Don’t forget: When you print your online tickets, print the ticket that includes the bar code. This ticket will be emailed to you when you purchase your tickets.
Don’t rush. Zoo Lights opens at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Families with very young children may prefer an early arrival, but for many guests arrival after 7:30 or 8 p.m. allows plenty of time to leisurely enjoy the magic of Zoo Lights.
Where, oh where to park? Lots near the Zoo’s main entry will fill quickly, but on busy Fridays and Saturdays, there is an alternative to circling the parking lots near the Zoo looking for an open space. Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza garage is open to Zoo Lights guests for a fee ($7 per vehicle, does not include Zoo Lights admission). Free Zoo Lights round trip trolley service runs from this garage to the Zoo and back every 15 minutes from 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (The trolley is free and runs on Friday and Saturday evenings.)
Where do I get in? During Zoo Lights, all entry (and exit) will be directed through the main Zoo entrance. The Medical Center gate will not be used during Zoo Lights.
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.
Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the Zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring sights, including thousands of twinkling lights adorning the magnificent live oak trees, whimsical colorful projections over 15 feet tall, and life-size animated animal sculptures.
Stare in amazement at “Holly Berry,” the 1958 Cadillac that’s more than just your average vehicle. “Holly Berry” features vibrant lights that dance in time to joyful music. Plus, sing along to your favorite carols, and decorate delicious holiday cookies.
Bring your camera to capture all the special moments, and seize the opportunity to get this year’s family holiday photo too. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones this year.
While you view the many light displays, you’ll be serenaded by strolling carolers and nightly performances by local school and church choirs. The Wildlife Carousel will be lit up and ready for you to ride and we’ll be showing the Polar Express 4-D Experience.
We’ll be lighting up the yards at elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos, giraffes, African wild dogs and ankole cattle. You’ll also be able to stroll indoors and visit the animals in Natural Encounters, Reptiles and the Aquarium.*
*Some indoor animal areas may be closed periodically for private events. Check the Alerts to see if any building is closed on the night of your visit. Want to plan a party at the Zoo? Book yours today!
Give the Gift of Grub to the Houston Zoo animals this holiday season. Your gift will help provide nutritious meals and tasty treats to the 6,000 mouths, snouts and beaks that call the Zoo home.
The Houston Zoo thanks Omni for their support of Zoo Lights