The holidays are right around the corner and Houston Zoo is preparing for it by selling tickets for its annual Zoo Lights & Holiday cheer event.
The event will be open from Nov.17 through January 7th, every day from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., with the last entry allowed at 9:30.
Jessica Reyes, with the Houston Zoo, said that people should prepare early for the holiday season.
"We have a little bit of everything for everyone, so we definitely encourage everyone to go ahead and get their tickets early for the best prices," she said.
This is a separate ticket from the zoo, as animals will be resting during the night. Guests will be able to walk around the zoo grounds illuminated with environmentally friendly LED bulbs.
"This is an event that is solely about the lights. So, we want to be very upfront about it is that animals are not going to be participating in this event," Reyes said. "It's not like a regular zoo day."
Guests will have the opportunity to take pictures in front of the 33-foot color-changing holiday tree, a colorful holiday light tunnel, get hot chocolate from one of the s’mores-making stations and an interactive dance floor, among other attractions.
Kids will be able to take pictures with Santa until Dec. 23.
The zoo will be holding multiple specialty nights throughout the holiday season. Members will be able to enjoy two preview nights on Nov. 14 and 15.
For parents looking for a night off from their kids, the ‘Sip & Sparkle night is a kid-free night where adults over the age of 21 are able to enjoy the zoo lights on Nov. 16.
Additionally, members of the military, first responders and educators are eligible for a 10% discount throughout Zoo Lights season.
The zoo will only be using energy-saving LED lights during the event. LED lights use 85% less power than incandescent lights, giving the Zoo a chance to conserve energy.
Guests are encouraged to recycle their old or broken lights at the zoo. The Zoo has previously recycled more than 26,000 lbs. of holiday lights.
Tickets are only available online, members receive a 20% discount if they log in through the member portal.