Houston Zoo Lights 2017: Beat the Crowds at Houston’s Popular Holiday Event!

Each night through January 14, 2018, the Houston Zoo closes at 5:00pm… only to reopen with millions of lights at 6:00pm. When I ask Houston parents for their favorite holiday event, Zoo Lightsis usually what they tell me!

Open each night, except December 14, 24 & 25, families can walk through the zoo until 10:00pm/11:00pm. The least busy days are “value nights”, which are usually school nights. If you can swing it, go on a “value night” to have more room to move around and enjoy. If you cannot make a “value night”, go on a “prime night” instead!

Value Nights: Member $11.95 Non-Member $16.95
Prime Nights: Member $16.95 Non-Member $19.95
Children 1 and Under – FREE

Buy tickets online or at the gate.


Right at 6:00pm there is usually a (fast moving) line to get in. If you buy your ticket online, you have a jump start. Also, I’ve noticed that if you go at 8:00pm instead of 6:00pm, many of the families have gone home.

Food and drink is for sale… but remember that you can bring your own food in to the zoo… so if you bring your own popcorn and hot chocolate, that could save you some money.

Whenever you go… have fun and send us your pictures!





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