Will Zoo Creatures Be Stirring?

The star attraction at TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is well…the lights! Our animals will be enjoying a full night’s slumber. To see our animals, visit the Houston Zoo again during the day. You will encounter many animal-themed light displays, with glowing LED versions of your favorite Zoo animals.

Dining and Drinks

From a refreshing drink to a full meal, we’ve got a variety of refreshments to choose from along your Zoo Lights path. The BBQ Food Truck will serve up delicious smoked meats and roasted corn.  You can even find quick snacks at carts and kiosks including make your own s’mores, hot chocolate and craft beer.

Can I meet Santa?

The jolly guy himself will be available for photos on select nights during Zoo Lights. A professional photographer will be with him, so you can visit Santa in Twiga Café, tell him what you want for the holidays and purchase your keepsake photo. Please note that Santa will not be here on the following nights: December 1, 7, 14 or 15.

Have Your Holiday Party Here

The Zoo is a wonderful setting for parties, especially during TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights. Find out more about hosting a holiday party at the Houston Zoo.

Recycle Your Holiday String Lights Here

Recycle your holiday string lights here and help save animals in the wild! Recycling keeps items out of landfills. Less space for landfills means more space for animals! Only string lights will be accepted for recycling; please do not bring other items such as flood lights, extension cords or light hooks.

The Houston Zoo has recycled 12,826 pounds of holiday lights to date. This is nearly the same weight of a male Asian elephant!

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