Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and even the critters at the Houston Zoo are ready to partake in the Holiday festivities with the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. See more than 2 million sparkling LED lights, twinkling replicas of zoo animals, the return of Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, and a 33-foot-tall, glittering Christmas tree beginning Nov. 18 and running through through Jan. 14, 2018.

Guests will sip hot chocolate as they stroll through the beautiful zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. It’s 15 miles of earth-friendly LED lighting that illuminates the zoo’s historic oak trees and decorates the paths to light the way.

New this year is a special sensory-friendly Zoo Lights night Nov. 28. This night is designed for guests with sensory sensitivities and their family. On this night, guests can expect a smaller crowd, quieter music, limited flashing lights, and two designated quiet areas.

Sights include a Texas-themed area presented by TransCanada, as well as “Holly Berry,” a 1958 Cadillac with a light show set to holiday tunes. Other features include the Holiday Train Village, the Enchanted Forest, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra.

During the nightly event, the zoo animals settle down for their long winter’s nap, and the star attraction is the lights. To see the zoo’s animals, guests are encouraged to visit the Houston Zoo during regular daytime hours.

The LED lights are using 85 percent less power than incandescent lights, allowing the Houston Zoo to conserve a lot of energy. Tons of holiday lights end up in landfills, which spill over into animals’ natural homes. To help cut down on this waste, the Houston Zoo has recycled more than 4,000 pounds of holiday lights to date. Everyone can recycling broken or old holiday lights at the Houston Zoo throughout Zoo Lights. From Nov. 18 – Jan. 14, guests can bring in unwanted strings of holiday lights to help protect wildlife. Save money on electricity bills and save wildlife by using LED lights at home.

Tickets start at $11.95 and event time is 6-10 p.m. For more information, view houstonzoo.org.