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Houston Zoo Transformed into Holiday Wonderland

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One of Houston’s best holiday celebrations is right around the corner! This Saturday, November 18th, the sixth annual TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights brings the holiday season to a glittering start.

Hurry over to the Houston Zoo to marvel at fifteen miles of environment-friendly LED lights, strung around the zoo grounds’ ancient oak trees. Sip hot chocolate as you bask in the twinkle of over two millions lights.

© Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo

As you make your way along the winding paths, enjoy an array of featured displays. Look out for the Texas-themed area, the Holiday Train Village, and the Enchanted Forest. A new attraction this year is the Watering Hole—a beautiful gathering of shimmering animal sculptures, displayed around glistening water of green and blue lights. Don’t forget to say hello to Candy, the Zoo Lights interactive talking zebra.

One of the most stunning sights in the winter wonderland is a 33-foot tall Christmas tree, beautifully adorned with ornaments and lights, and perfect for a holiday photo.

Zoo Lights begins daily, starting at 6 p.m., and runs from November 18 through January 14. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Visit for more information and to purchase your tickets.

© Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo

Did you know that you can recycle old or broken holiday string lights at the zoo? Recycling your lights helps to save wildlife by keeping them out of landfills, which spill into animals’ homes. A recycling bin will be located at the zoo’s entrance. To date, the Houston Zoo has recycled more than two tons of holiday lights.

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Featured photo © Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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