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2014-zoo-lights-0032-3947Tis’ the season for TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. There’s no wonder why this event has become Houston’s favorite family holiday tradition in just five short years. Zoo Lights features more than two million sparkling LED lights, singing carolers, twinkling replicas of zoo animals, the return of Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, and a brand-new addition – a 33-foot-tall, glittering Christmas tree.

From November 18 through January 15, the Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland for visitors to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa while they listen to the sweet sounds of holiday carolers that is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. During the nightly event, most of the zoo animals settle down for their long winter’s nap, however guests can get a glimpse of favorite nocturnal residents by ducking into the Reptile and Amphibian House, Kipp Aquarium, Bug House or Carruth Natural Encounters to visit the animals who live there.

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 Prime nights, the event will stay open until 11 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

  • $9.95               Value Nights, Member
  • $14.95             Value Nights, Non-Member
  • $14.95             Prime Nights, Member
  • $19.95             Prime Nights, Non-Member

LED Lights Help Wildlife

The Houston Zoo saves wildlife by only using energy-saving LED lights during TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights. The LED lights are using 85% 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 save wildlife by recycling broken or old holiday lights at the Houston Zoo throughout Zoo Lights. From Nov. 18 –Jan. 15 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.

The Houston Zoo is minutes away from Pearland nestled in the Houston Museum District and well worth the short drive.