See the Houston Zoo in a whole new light! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo beginning November 14, 2020 through January 10, 2021, with two million Christmas lights illuminating throughout the area. We have your full guide to 2020 Houston Zoo lights dates, times, coupons and ticket deals, and more below!

Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland each night from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Last entry is at 9:30 pm, so if you show up after that, you won’t be able to get in to see the display.

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!

Don’t miss highlights like the 33-ft. decorated Christmas tree, which is a great backdrop for your photos; 125-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light; 4D Enchanted Forest; selfie opportunities on the giant ice throne; and more! And on select nights, jolly old St. Nick will be on hand for socially distanced Santa photos with the kids.

This year, they’re promising that Zoo Lights will be brighter than ever, and there will be plenty of safe, socially distanced fun for the whole family to have.  Capacity will be limited for the safety of guests, and all visitors ages 10 and older will be required to wear facial coverings or masks that cover their nose and mouth.

In addition, some special events have been added, including Brew Lights on November 12 where adults can experience Zoo Lights without the kids while enjoying two free 12 oz Saint Arnold beers. Hard seltzer and spiked hot chocolate will also be served at this 21 and up event.

Other special events include a VIP Experience (November 28, December 19, December 26), Sensory Friendly Night (December 7), and Specialty Discount Nights (select Mon-Thurs nights).

The animals will be sleeping while the zoo Christmas lights are on, so visit during the day to enjoy them!

Zoo Lights is separate admission from the Houston Zoo. During Zoo Lights, the zoo closes early and re-opens at 5:30 pm for the magical light display. It’s one of the most popular places to see Christmas lights in Houston.

This year, pricing is a bit different than in previous years with dynamic pricing that’s different nearly every single day. Additionally, tickets must be purchased online as no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Mondays through Thursdays still offer the cheapest admission (anywhere from roughly $18-$20 depending on the time of the month), and Fridays through Sundays are the most expensive (prices range from about $20-$25). If you’re able to wait until after the New Year to see the lights, prices drop steeply with admission getting as low as $12.90 some nights. You can see the pricing for each specific day here.

The Houston Zoo encourages you to “buy early for the best price” and reminds guests that no tickets will be sold at the gate this year.


Houston Zoo Lights 2020 Coupons and Discount Tickets

If you want to go to Houston Zoo Lights 2020 exhibit on the cheap, there are some great deals going on.

Many can enjoy special discount pricing on select nights for the military, First Responders,  and educators with these special Zoo Lights coupons on the days below:

November 16 – 19
November 30 – December 1
December 3
December 7 -10
December 14 – 17

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.

Here’s a pro tip — to get the lowest prices, go after the holidays. The pricing drops drastically from January 4-10, and the crowds are sure to be thinner during that time too, making the overall experience more enjoyable and cheaper.


Houston Zoo Lights Dates & Hours

Houston Zoo Lights runs nightly from November 14, 2020 through January 10, 2021 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 Parking

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 for $7 per car 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. Lyft is another option as the official transportation partner of Houston Zoo. Download the app and request a driver for your route.

Learn more about Zoo Lights on their site here. And if you’re looking for more holiday fun around the city, check out our homepage for more cheap things to do in Houston every day.