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TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights

‘Tis the season for Houston’s Favorite Holiday Event!

November 14, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Jan. 10 Zoo Lights Update

For those that purchased Zoo Lights tickets for Sunday, Jan. 10, you may trade in your Zoo Lights tickets for daytime admission tickets by emailing before January 31 to complete your updated reservation.  

Event Details

Stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra presented by H-E-B, get a selfie on giant ice throne, and take a socially distanced photo with Santa as he prepares for the holidays in his workshop!

Experience our 125-foot-long, Infinity Tunnel of Lightsee dragons come to life in the 4-D Enchanted Forest presented by King & Spalding LLP, and see “snow” in Texas! 

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights
November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
Buy early for the best price! Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the gate.


Member Reservations

Note: Ticket prices are the same for adults and children. Children ages 1 and under are free. Members save $3 per ticket when you log in to purchase.


Find additional information in our Zoo Lights FAQ section below. 

For the safety of our staff, guests and animals, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear facial coverings that cover their nose and mouth.

Special Events

Couple enjoying Zoo Lights in front of Christmas tree
VIP Experience Nights
See the animals at the Zoo during the day and get exclusive access to Zoo Lights!
December 19 – SOLD OUT!

December 26 – SOLD OUT!

Specialty Discount Nights
Offered select Monday-Thursday nights until Dec. 17
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Recycle Your Holiday 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, 20,019 pounds of holiday lights have been recycled at the Zoo – the weight of approximately two male Asian elephants!   

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

Zoo Lights FAQ

Will I be able to see animals during TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights?

During Zoo Lights, the main attraction is enjoying our brighter light path and animal-themed displays. Our Zoo animals will be enjoying a full night’s slumber. To see our animals, visit the Houston Zoo during the day. 

Is a mask required to visit the Zoo?

By purchasing a ticket to the Houston Zoo, you agree to properly wear a facial covering during your visit. In accordance with Harris County orders, and for the safety of our staff, guests, and animals, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear facial coverings that fully cover the nose and mouth.

You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask the Houston Zoo will consider reasonable modifications to the face mask policy. Examples of reasonable modifications include a scarf, loose face covering, or full-face shield.

Is it timed entry for TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights?

We have timed entry for TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights this year. Your reserved time slot is your assigned arrival time. Once you arrive, you are welcome to enjoy Zoo Lights until closing at 10:30 p.m. Please note that Zoo Lights hours are 5:30-10:30 p.m., with last entry at 9:30 p.m.

Is TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights open to the public every day between November 14-January 10?

You can see all available Zoo Lights event dates when you buy your tickets. Please note that Zoo Lights will be closed to the public on the following dates:

Dec. 15: Private Event
Dec. 24 & 25: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Zoo Lights will also be open to the public on Thanksgiving Day.

Do I need to buy a separate ticket for a child?

Children ages one and under are free. You will need to buy a separate ticket for children two and older.

Are there special discounts for Military, First Responders, or Educators?

Military, First Responders, and Educators are all eligible for a $3 discount off admission on select Mondays-Thursdays during Zoo Lights. ID will be required at entry for discount verification.

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Discount dates:
November 16-19
November 30-December 1
December 3
December 7-10
December 14-17

Do you offer group ticket reservations?

A minimum purchase of 20 tickets is required for group tickets. Tickets are priced at $20.50 each. Reservations can be made by emailing

What food and drink options will be available?

Along the Zoo Lights path, you’ll encounter plenty of yummy holiday treats including s’mores, hot chocolate, and more! Multiple food locations will be available, including Cypress Circle Café during Zoo Lights hours. 

Where should I park?

Our main entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030. The Zoo’s Medical Center entrance will not be open, so be sure to go to the main entrance for entry. The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking lots in Hermann Park are outside the Zoo, but parking can fill up quickly. View more parking options


Will stroller and scooter rentals be available?

Yes, stroller and scooter rentals will be available during Zoo Lights. Rentals may be paid via credit card only.

What is the suggested attire?

Please remember that you will be outside and walking, so dress appropriately.

Will there be a sensory friendly Zoo Lights night?

Yes, it will be held on Monday, Dec. 7.

What if I need to cancel prior to the event?

All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is the rain plan?

This event is rain or shine. 

Do I need to print my ticket(s)?

Present the digital ticket on your mobile device to scan for entry. By going paperless, you are helping save local animals, like black bears, in the wild!

Who should I call if I have any other questions?

Please contact our call center at 713-533-6500 with event questions, questions about purchasing tickets or our online ordering system.

Presenting Sponsor

Cornerstone Partners

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