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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.

Holiday Party Venue Options

Hidden high up in the trees sits the Nau Family Gorilla Treehouse. This intimate and exclusive space is perfect for company meetings and dinner parties.

Incredible 30 foot maple table seats 32 or divides into separate tables seating 60 total (additional fee applies to separate table)

Audio-video capability
Daytime or evening rental
One-of-a-kind views of the gorilla and red river hog habitat
Private restrooms inside the building

Capacity:
Boardroom style: 32
Dinner style capacity: 60

This space is for grownups only! We look forward to hosting your board meeting, cocktail party or dinner in this exclusive location.

Enter Africa with panoramic scenery of the gorilla and red river hog habitat. Take the views to the next level by adding the Gathering Tent to your event.

Seating for 60 included
Daytime or evening rental
Built-in service bar
Light music permitted inside building

Capacity:
Seating: 60
Cocktail style: 70

Addition of the Gathering Tent available for an additional fee
Evening rental only
Cocktail style capacity for both spaces combined: 200

Make your next event an underwater adventure by surrounding yourself with serene water displays filled with aquatic life from around the world.

Seating for 60 included
Evening rental
Light music permitted inside building
Music with dancing permitted outside building

Capacity:
Seating: 60
Cocktail style: 80

The restaurant’s French Colonial ambiance and soaring ceilings will transport you on an African adventure. Make it a true African experience by adding the patios that overlook the giraffe and rhino habitats.

Seating for 90 included inside restaurant at existing tables
Evening rental
Light music permitted inside building
Music with dancing permitted in plaza
Capacity: Seating: 90
Addition of the Giraffe and Rhino Patios for an additional fee

Capacity:
Seating – Giraffe: 55
Seating – Rhino: 65

Add Plaza for an additional fee
Capacity:
Seating: 180

A journey through Natural Encounters is like a journey through an entire continent. See the homes of animals from the river’s edge, rainforest canopy, desert, and coral reef. Make it an elegant encounter with a seated dinner or party with the piranhas as you crawl through a see-through tunnel that looks into their exhibit.

Seating for 100 included
Evening rental
Built-in sound system
Built-in service bar
Light music permitted inside building
Private restrooms inside building
Music with dancing permitted outside building

Capacity:
Seating: 100
Cocktail style: 150

The Reptile House offers an unforgettable setting for a most unique gathering. Treat your guests to an unusual “house” party that is sure to intrigue everyone in attendance.

Seating for 100 included
Evening rental
Distinctive desert and tropical displays in exhibits
Light music permitted inside building
Music with dancing permitted outside building

Capacity:
Seating: 100
Cocktail style: 200

George R. Brown Conservation Education Center

This is a great spot for lunch, dinner, or an all-day meeting. Combine the Hall with the Auditorium to conduct a dynamic presentation with full audio-visual capability.

Seating for 100 included
Daytime or evening rental
Private restrooms inside the building
Music with dancing permitted inside building

Capacity:
Hall seating: 150
Hall cocktail style: 300

Auditorium and Classrooms available for an additional fee

Auditorium
Built-in projector, screen, microphone, and speakers
Stadium style seating capacity: 295

Classrooms, A & B
Daytime or evening rental
Built-in projector and screen
Removable partition allows for combining or separating the two classrooms
Seating capacity: 35 per classroom

This room without walls captures the simplicity and serenity of the Zoo.

Seating for 150 included at existing picnic tables (fee applies to remove and upgrade tables)
Daytime or evening rental
Easy access to restrooms
Music with dancing permitted

Capacity:
Seating capacity under tent: 150
Cocktail style: 300

On the edge of the African Forest sits this vibrant, covered party venue. It is the perfect place to gather for a large company outing or dance the night away with family and friends!

Seating for 200 included
Daytime or evening rental
Easy access to restrooms
Music with dancing permitted
Option to close tent panels
4 large ceiling fans

Capacity:
Seating under tent: 400
Lawn seating: 200
Cocktail style: 1,200

Looking for a zoo-nique experience? Ask about renting out the entire Zoo for an exclusive evening!

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Catering

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 business luncheon, intimate dinner, or stunning gala a truly unique event experience.

Holiday Party 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.

Holiday Party Enhancements

Testimonials

“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

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