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TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

The Houston Zoo is transformed at night into a winter wonderland! Get your tickets to one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday experiences:

Zoo Lights is separately ticketed; daytime admission tickets or Zoo membership may not be used for entry.

A portion of each Houston Zoo ticket purchase goes towards protecting animals in the wild.

Daytime General Admission

Zoo Members – FREE
Children 1 and Under – FREE
Children 2-11 – $15
Adults 12-64 – $19
Senior 65+ – $12.50

Daytime general admission tickets are available at our entry gates; online purchases for these tickets will resume after TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights has ended.

Become a Member

Become a member and enjoy free daytime admission for an entire year and many other great benefits.



Giraffe Feeding Platform$7
Wildlife Carousel: Members $2 Non-Members $3

Giraffe feeding and carousel tickets are available at the Zoo (Zoo admission is not included.)

Tickets for Events

Visit our Events Calendar and view event details for more information and to purchase tickets. Many events are free with Zoo admission!

Discounts & Offers

Student Discounts

Free or discounted admission for registered students attending the following institutions of higher learning located within the Houston city limits. You must present a valid current student ID.

One free admission per student, per visit:

  • University of Houston
  • Rice University
  • St. Thomas University
  • Texas Southern University

$2 off, limit one discount ticket per student per visit:

  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College System
  • South Texas College of Law
Free Tuesday Afternoons
Discount for Groups of 20+ People
Corporate Discounts
U.S. Military Discounts
METRO Discounts
Lone Star Access Program
Zoo Brochure Rack Card
Discount for Members of Other Zoos

Save with CityPASS

Sightseeing in Houston? CityPASS saves 49% on admission to Houston Zoo, plus 4 more top attractions: Space Center Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Downtown Aquarium, and a choice between Children’s Museum of Houston OR a Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass. Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at or at the Houston Zoo for the same low price.