Zoo Lights

During the winter holidays, the Houston Zoo reopens its gates nightly for Zoo Lights, a park-wide light display. Presented by TXU Energy, Zoo Lights lets visitors wander the paths that have been newly adorned with millions of individual lights.

“Zoo Lights was designed for our guests to enjoy a holiday experience,” said David Brady, chief marketing officer at the Houston Zoo. “Zoo Lights is less about our animals and more about an opportunity for the Houston Zoo to provide a new and unique holiday event. That being said, our magnificent old live oak trees look absolutely stunning dressed up in lights for the holidays.” Though the focus is on the lights, be sure to keep alert around the big-cat enclosures, as many of the felines are more active at night than during the zoo’s normal operating hours.

Light-strewn animal sculptures and a dollhouse village are among the other attractions at Zoo Lights, as is Holly Berry. The creation of designer and artist Lonnie Hanzon, Holly is a 1958 Cadillac that’s been transformed into a multimedia work of art for Zoo Lights. She’s dressed in 1,000 lights connected to half a mile of electrical cord and wiring that powers the lights and her on-board sound system. Holly required more than 300 hours to restore, refinish and decorate. Concession stands add holiday fare like turkey legs and funnel cake to the menu.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Through January 4. 6200 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-533-6500 or visit houstonzoo.org. $9 to $12.
Nov. 22-Jan. 4, 6-10 p.m., 2013

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