See the Houston Zoo in a whole new light! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo beginning November 17, 2022, through January 8, 2023, with lots of Christmas lights illuminating the area. Check out always-popular attractions including Holiday Grove, Flamingo Terrace, 33 feet tall tree of lights, and more. Also, for 2022, there are some new additions including the Infinity Tunnel and an interactive dance floor!!!

We have your full guide to Zoo Lights Houston 2022 including dates, times, coupons, discounts, and more below!

Remember to check out our 2022 list of Christmas Tree Lighting Events in and around Houston!

Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the most updated information. However, all information presented here is subject to change. Please verify with the Houston Zoo before you head out! 

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Attractions

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Smores

Smores at Zoo Lights Houston | Image Credit – Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo Lights are a fun experience for the entire family. You’ll enjoy colorful Christmas light displays, festive holiday music, strolling carolers and nightly performances, hot chocolate, and more.  A cold weather night makes it even more festive! 

Continuing the Always-Popular Attractions 

  • Discover the TXU Energy Holiday Grove, including lanterns with animal themes, shimmering flowers, and enormous oak trees draped in holiday lights
  • Take a picture in front of the 33′ tall, colorful Christmas tree
  • Wander through the hanging pollinator garden beneath a canopy of glistening flowers and butterflies
  • Relax by the fire and toast marshmallows at one of the s’mores-making stations, and sip your hot chocolate
  • Visit the Flamingo Terrace Coca-Cola Polar Bear exhibit
  • Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Workshop at Twiga Café till December 23, 2022 to say hey and get your picture taken with him

New Attractions for 2022

  • See even more life-size animals in 2022
  • Visit the brand-new photo spot with ski lift chairs in a wintery, “snowy” setting
  • Take a stroll through a brand-new Infinity tunnel of holiday lights that PNC is sponsoring.
  • All ages can dance on the illuminated, interactive dance floor that is created in the Children’s Zoo plaza

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Special Events

Specials events for 2022 include Member Preview Nights on November 15th and 16th, Sip and Sparkle on Thursday, November 17th 2022, and Sensor Friendly Night on December 5th.

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Tickets

Zoo lights Houston - Illuminated Ocean

Zoo lights Houston – Illuminated Ocean | Image Credit – Houston Zoo

At this point you are probably saying – the attractions sound great, but what about the tickets price? Well, the ticket pricing continues to be dynamic for 2022 with the lowest ticket prices before 2023 starting at $21.20 (prices are lower in January 2023). Tickets need to be purchased online and ticket prices are the same for adults and children (children under the age of 2 are free).

It looks like for 2022, Mondays through Thursdays still offer the cheapest admission (anywhere from roughly $21 depending on the date of the month and time of the day), and Fridays through Sundays are the most expensive (prices range up to $27). You can see the pricing for each specific day here.

Keep in mind that Zoo Lights is separate admission from the Houston Zoo. Animals will be sleeping while the zoo’s Christmas lights are on, so visit during the day to enjoy them! Check out Admission Discounts To The Houston Zoo! 

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Coupons and Discounts

Zoo Lights Houston Tree

Lit up Tree at Zoo Lights Houston | Image Credit – Houston Zoo

This year as well, there is a 20% discount admission for military, first responders, and teachers throughout Zoo Lights season! Limit up to 5 tickets

Also, if you’re a member of the Houston Zoo, you can log in to purchase through the website and get tickets at a lower price.

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Hours & Dates

Houston Zoo Lights runs nightly from November 18, 2022 through January 8, 2023 at 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Last entry is at 9:30 pm, so plan accordingly, and remember to show up at the time on your reservation.

Zoo Lights Houston 2022 Parking

Parking options at the Houston Zoo are an important consideration whether you are attending the Houston Zoo during the daytime or attending the Zoo Lights event. Parking can be tricky on busy nights. The zoo suggests arriving after 8 pm versus 5 pm to find more parking availability. Check out the map of all Hermann Park parking lot areas, including the lot in front of the Houston Zoo. On weekend nights (Zoo Lights is one of the most popular Things to do in Houston on weekends during the holiday season), the South Extension parking lot is available at 7100 William C. Harvin — Entrance 35. This includes a free shuttle back and forth to the zoo.

Or ride the METROrail to the Hermann Park/Rice U Station (Fannin and Sunset) and walk through the main zoo entrance. Check out the full list of parking and transportation options on the Houston Zoo site. 

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