A Festive Family Adventure
As the holiday season approaches, Texas lights up in more ways than one. Among the most enchanting experiences are the holiday lights displays at local zoos, turning these wildlife havens into winter wonderlands. From the twinkling lights of San Antonio Zoo to the festive displays at Fort Worth Zoo and the vibrant colors at Houston Zoo, there’s a spectacular vision waiting for families looking for holiday cheer. Let’s embark on a festive journey through these zoos to discover what makes each of them uniquely magical during the holiday season.
Images: San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo transforms into a luminous escape during the holidays with its annual event. As you walk through the zoo, you’re greeted by a dazzling array of lights that illuminate the night, creating an immersive experience.
What to Expect: Imagine walking through a tunnel of lights, witnessing large-scale animal light sculptures, and enjoying themed areas that bring the spirit of the holidays to life.
Timing: November 18th – December 31st from Open – Close
Ticket Information: Tickets for Zoo Lights at San Antonio Zoo are a hot commodity so grab yours here: https://sazoo.org/zoo-lights/.
Images: Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo invites visitors to experience their Winter Wonderland, where the zoo grounds are bedecked with thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights. This event offers a unique way to see the zoo in a whole new light, quite literally!
What to Expect: The journey through Winter Wonderland includes themed light zones, festive music, and the chance to spot some nocturnal animals in a different habitat.
Timing: November 17th – January 2 from 5:30-10 P.M.
Ticket Information: Tickets for Wild Lights can be purchased on the Dallas Zoo site here: https://www.dallaszoo.com/zoolights.
Photos: Houston Zoo
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo is a must-visit for anyone in the area. With millions of lights and countless custom-made lanterns, you’ll find yourself in a glowing landscape that’s nothing short of magical.
What to Expect: The highlights include a winter forest, a glowing ocean experience, and a path featuring larger-than-life illuminated animal sculptures. Don’t forget to enjoy the s’mores stations and hot chocolate to warm up your night!
Timing: November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024 from 5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
Closed on Dec. 6, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
Ticket Information: Tickets for Zoo Lights vary in price, with special rates for members. Get tickets and more info here: https://www.houstonzoo.org/events/txu-energy-presents-zoo-lights-2023/.
Visiting these holiday lights displays at Texas zoos offers more than just a visual treat; it’s an opportunity to create lasting family memories, enjoy the festive season, and support the conservation efforts of these amazing zoos. Each zoo brings its own unique flair to the holiday season, ensuring that every visit is special. So, bundle up, grab your tickets, and get ready for a festive family adventure that lights up the Texas night in the most spectacular way.