Why You Should Visit Houston Zoo Lights

BY: Andy Seifert |Aug 31, 2022

Since 2012, Houston Zoo has undergone a seasonal transformation that has quickly become a Houston holiday tradition: Zoo Lights. We'll tell you what this event is, when it starts, and why you ought to go.

What is Houston Zoo Lights? Presented by TXU Energy, Houston Zoo Lights covers the 55-acre park in LED lights (15 miles worth of them) and illuminates them after sundown. While the animals are taking their nightly nap, you'll see animal-themed lighting displays, a holiday train, and an area dedicated to Texas.

When does Houston Zoo Lights start? The 2018 edition of TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights starts November 17, 2018 and runs through January 13, 2019.

What are Houston Zoo Lights prices and hours? Prices vary between members and non-members, and between Value Nights (typically Monday-Thursday) and Prime Nights (typically Friday-Saturday). For members, the cost is $12.95 on Value Nights and $17.95 on Prime Nights. For non-members, it's $17.95 on Value Nights and $22.95 on Prime Nights. For more info, consult the calendar here.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on select nights).

Looking for a Houston Zoo Lights discount code? We can do you one better. Snag the deal for Zoo Lights, which gets you admission for two for $25 on Value Nights.



Why You Should Visit Houston Zoo Lights

You'll see the Houston Zoo in a completely new light.

Visitors already dig the zoo's park-like grounds, highlighted by its nearly centuries-old oak trees. During Zoo Lights, the zoo radiates with new colors and whimsical displays.

It's a family-friendly activity for the holidays.

Kids'll dig the riding the Wildlife Carousel at night and talking to "Candy," Zoo Lights's peppermint-striped interactive zebra. Do your kids like to dance? They can boogie down in the usual chimpanzee viewing area, which will be turned in a "Holiday Disco." We've also heard rumors that—on select nights—a certain rotund gentleman from the North Pole will be making an appearance.

You can snack on holiday-themed treats.

Like hot cocoa and s'mores. Plus all sorts of snacks from the Cypress Circle Café and Texas-style BBQ from a nightly food truck.

It's environmentally friendly.

The Zoo puts up LED lights, which use 85% less energy than incandescent lights. Plus, the Zoo will accept their guests' unwanted holiday lights so that they can be properly recycled.

There's a deal!

Save some cash when you visit by using this Houston Zoo Lights deal, which gets you admission for two for $25 on Value Nights (a $35.90 value).

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