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Holiday Parties


Whether looking for creative ideas for your company’s next holiday party or trying to find the perfect space for a family gathering, we’ve got you covered. The Zoo is the natural choice for your next holiday celebration. Your guests will enjoy a private event venue as well as experience the brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music as they stroll throughout the Zoo. Having your party at the Zoo will ensure a fun, unique, and memorable experience that all your guests will be talking about for years to come!

Venue Options

Explore the special event venues below. These spaces are ordered with your guest count in mind. Whichever you choose, the Special Events staff at the zoo will work with you to make your private event elegant and unique.

Venue Map
View our map to see precisely where in the Zoo each event venue is located.
Nau Family Gorilla Treehouse – up to 60 guests
Herbert A. & Elizabeth N. Kipp Memorial Aquarium -
up to 60 guests
Gorilla Arrival Building - up to 60 guests
Twiga Café - up to 90 guests
The Carruth Natural Encounters Building - up to 100 guests
Reptile House - up to 100 guests
Karamu Outpost - up to 150 guests
George R. Brown Conservation Education Center Hall - up to 180 guests
Masihara Pavilion - up to 400 guests
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“We had our company’s holiday party at the zoo during Zoo Lights. Our staff is still talking about it almost a week later! The food was excellent, as well as the service! The zoo’s event coordinator did an excellent job arranging the event for us. We definitely recommend having an event at the Houston Zoo!”
– Brenda Collier, Golder Associates, Inc.

“Our company hosted our annual holiday party at the Zoo. It was the first time we had done something like this before. We were very impressed with the venue staff and food! The Zoo Lights made the perfect holiday outing and we are looking forward to next year!”
– Brittany Kowalick, Tetra Tech

“ The Houston Zoo was a wonderful background for our company holiday party. The Zoo Lights added a special touch for our guests…The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect for the event.”
– Stephanie Plugge, Exxon Mobil


We provide extensive, full-service catering detailed to fit your specific party needs. By serving locally sourced and sustainable products, we have the capabilities and resources to make your holiday party a truly unique event experience.

 Zoo Lights Menu

Event Enhancements

If you’re looking to have the most unique special event in town, we’ve got plenty of exciting experiences and extras to ensure your guests have the best time. From animal experiences to beautiful décor, we can help you create the perfect party.

Animal Ambassador Presentation
Wildlife Carousel Tickets
Holiday Entertainment
DJ and Bands
Enrichment Roundup
Action For Apes
Party Favors
Upgraded Linens


To make your visit as enjoyable as possible, Lyft is offering guests $10 off 2 rides to or from the Houston Zoo. To apply the discount, enter the code HOUSTONZOO in the “Promos” section of the Lyft app.

Find Out More

Questions? Need Pricing? For more information, fill out our convenient form, and a Houston Zoo Special Events representative will contact you with all the answers.

Houston Zoo Special Events, 713-533-6833,