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The Houston Zoo created a new holiday tradition for families across the Texas Gulf Coast in 2012. On November 22, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns, bigger than ever this year with the addition of more than 1 million lights and spectacular and enchanting new displays.
Beginning Friday, November 22 and continuing each evening except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day through January 5, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland filled with brilliant displays of more than 1 million LED lights illuminating animal-themed light displays all accented by festive seasonal music. A special night-time spectacular, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with loved ones this year.
Friday, November 22 at 6 p.m. when Michael Grasso of TXU Energy ‘throws the switch’ to launch the opening night of TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights.
TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: TXU Energy, the official electricity partner of the Houston Zoo, Smart Financial, H-E-B, KPRC-TV Local 2, Pepsi, United Airlines, the official airline of the Houston Zoo, Murphy’s Corporate Lodging, Sunny 99.1 and Houston Community Newspapers.
TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights tickets are $9 (members) and $12 (non-members). Buy and print your tickets online at www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights and save $2 per person off the gate admission price. Please note: During Zoo Lights, the Houston Zoo will close early at 5 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 4 p.m. The Zoo will reopen for Zoo Lights at 6 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 9 p.m.
Enjoy the festivities as a group with friends, neighbors or coworkers and save even more. Zoo Lights tickets for groups of 20 to 50 are just $9 each and only $8 each for groups of 51 or more. For group ticket information, call 713-533-6500.
TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights Attractions Explore the Enchanted Forest home to life-sized lighted animal sculptures, the all-new dollhouse village and the new Holiday Train featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and friends.
Enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of Holly Berry, the 1958 Cadillac that features thousands vibrant lights that dance in time to joyful music.
Marvel at the whimsical contraptions of Emry Gweldig’s Wondrous Keep, mysterious inventions designed to alleviate or reduce holiday stress.
Other new Zoo Lights features include the Kissing Booth featuring real mistletoe over a beautiful bronze arch, the Gazebo Kaleidoscope and Light Show, and the African Watering Hole surrounded by life-sized LED images of elephant and gorillas.
During the evening, many of our animals settle down for their long winter’s naps, so expect to see some, but not all, of them. Expect to see many of our cats, large and small – cougars, jaguars, lions, ocelots, leopards and more. Stop by the giraffe barn to see them snoozing or taking a look back at you! Warm up when you duck into our indoor buildings including the Reptile and Amphibian House, the Kipp Aquarium, and Natural Encounters. Please note, some buildings may be closed periodically for private events so check the Alerts on our Calendar of Events at http://www.houstonzoo.org/plan-your-visit/events-calendar/ for the latest information.
Each night of TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will feature special performances by area church, school and community choirs. Rice Philharmonics will perform the opening night of Zoo Lights. Other featured performances will include Baylor College of Medicine Docappella, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Choir, San Jacinto Girl Scouts Quarter Note and Take Note Choirs, the Shimmer Flute Choir, Beth Yeshurun Day School Choir, as well as Juan Seguin Elementary School, Rennell Elementary Honor Choir and the Waller High School Chorale among many others.