See the Houston Zoo in a whole new light! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo beginning November 23 through January 12, with two million Christmas lights illuminating throughout the area. We have your full guide to 2019 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!
This year, they’re promising that Zoo Lights will be 2x brighter, and highlights will include a 100-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light, a 4D Enchanted Forest, a huge Ice Dragon come to life, snow in Winter Wonderland, more photo ops, and so much more.
In addition, some new events have been added, including Brew Lights on November 21 where adults can experience Zoo Lights without the kids while enjoying two free 12 oz Saint Arnold beers. Wine and spiked hot chocolate will also be served at this 21 and up event.
Other new events include a VIP Experience on Saturday, December 7 and an Ugly Sweater 21 & Up Night on Thursday, January 9.
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.
Mondays through Thursdays still offer the cheapest admission (anywhere from $16-$20 depending on the time of month), and Fridays through Sundays are the most expensive (prices range from $20-$23). If you’re able to wait until after the New Year to see the lights, prices drop steeply with admission getting as low as $12.75 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 says “prices will increase at the gate.”
Houston Zoo Lights 2019 Coupons and Discount Tickets
If you want to go to Houston Zoo Lights 2019 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, students, and educators with these special Zoo Lights coupons below.
Military Mondays – December 2, 9 and 16: Members of the military get $3 off admission on the dates listed. Military ID required.
First Responder Tuesdays – December 3, 10 and 17: Police, fire and rescue professionals get a $3 discount on the listed dates. Professional ID required.
Educator Thursdays – December 5, 12, and 19: Teachers, school administrators, and other educators get $3 off admission on the listed dates. Present your professional ID to get the discount.
Zoo Members — If you’re a member of the Houston Zoo, you can get $3 off per ticket when you login to purchase through the website.
Here’s a pro tip — to get the lowest prices, go after the holidays. The pricing drops drastically from January 7-12, and the crowds are sure to be thinner during that time too, making the overall experience more enjoyable and cheaper.
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.