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Zoo Lights 2012-0004-8916In only its fourth year, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights has already become a favorite Houston holiday tradition and returns this year, more spectacular than ever. Featuring more than two million lights, the event at the Houston Zoo will now be extending operating hours on select nights Nov. 20 through Jan. 9. Additional trolleys have also been added to ensure parking is convenient at both the Memorial Herman and Houston Museum of Natural Science parking garages.

During the evening, many of the zoo’s animal residents settle down for their long winter’s naps, so the star attraction at TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is the lights! This year’s event features new additions—like Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra and a Texas themed display—as well as fan favorites like the train village, the1958 musical Cadillac, “Holly Berry,” and the life-size, lighted animal sculptures in the wonderfully stunning Enchanted Forrest. Guests can stroll through majestic oak trees sparkling with millions of colorful LED lights, wander through a glowing, fully ornamented African Forest, and enjoy a walk-in snow globeTXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is sure to delight the entire family.

Guests can also warm up by ducking into the Reptile House, Kipp Aquarium or Carruth Natural Encounters to visit the animals who live there or sipping on hot chocolate at one of the zoo’s two cafes.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is a separately-ticketed event, held daily starting at 6 p.m. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas). The zoo closes for the day at 5 p.m. and re-opens as TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at 6 p.m. On peak nights, the event will now stay open until 11 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

The Houston Zoo is located in Houston’s Museum District just a short drive from Pearland off Highway 288.

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