It's Gonna Be Lit

Yeah, We're Still in a Pandemic, but Come November There'll Also Be Zoo Lights

The Houston Zoo's annual display of colorful holiday cheer kicks off November 14 and runs through the beginning of January.

By Emma Schkloven October 16, 2020

If you go out in public, remember to follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask.

Good news Houston, something holiday-centric isn't being cancelled this year. Houston Zoo is still decking its halls—err ... trees—with color and merriment for its annual Zoo Lights.

The year’s seasonal spectacular that's smack-dab in Hermann Park will run from November 14 to January 10, and it will feature timed tickets to ensure guests can socially distance while sipping their hot cocoas.

So send a wave to Candy, the Zoo Lights Zebra; stroll the 125-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light; and snap that selfie while sitting atop the giant ice throne. While you’re there, don’t forget to experience a Texas “snow,” and see dragons come to life in the 4-D Enchanted Forest. Plus, who can skip out before experiencing the Winter Wonderland? Kids can even get their traditional photo with Santa, albeit with added social distance. Just be sure to wear a face mask (they’re required for visitors ages 10 and up).  

Of course, there’s more to Zoo Lights than spreading holiday cheer. Not only are its lights LEDs, making them more environmentally friendly, but the organization has also recycled 20,019 pounds of old holiday lights over the years, ensuring that those man-made strands don’t end up in any animal’s natural habitat.

Nov 14–Jan 10. From $12.90. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr. More info at

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