This year the Houston Zoo celebrates its eleventh year as one of Houston’s most dazzling holiday traditions, TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights! Through January 9, visitors can take in the sights and sounds of the season as they enjoy the beautiful Zoo grounds illuminated with earth-friendly LED bulbs.
In addition to fan favorites, there are several new Zoo Lights features this year. They’ve added more large animal lanterns along the path, including elephants under the oak trees at the reflection pool, monkeys hanging from trees, and giraffes peaking around corners in the African Forest. The Children’s Zoo plaza is transformed into a dance floor with moving lights in sync with holiday music. The dance floor is for all ages, but it’s been especially popular with the kids.
The reflection pool area is home to hundreds of glowing tulips synchronized to music under the giant illuminated oak trees with large zebra, tiger, and elephant lanterns placed throughout the tulips. New last year, but quickly becoming a fan favorite, is the hanging pollinator garden where guests can walk under a canopy of glowing butterflies as dancing flowers are projected on the floor. Guests can also experience a glowing underwater adventure as they walk under illuminated jellyfish and through thousands of bubbles as the Great Ape Gallery transforms into the Illuminated Ocean.
Before you leave don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Workshop to say hi and to take a photo with Santa in his workshop. He will be at the Zoo until December 23. Don’t miss out.
On Monday, December 5 the Zoo will hold Sensory Friendly Night designed for guests with sensory sensitivities and their families. On this Zoo Lights night, guests can expect a smaller crowd, quieter music, limited flashing lights, and designated quiet areas.
Tickets for TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights are only sold online at houstonzoo.org. Make sure to buy early for the best price.