Never would I have guessed we would have such an amazing display of Christmas lights at the Houston Zoo. With a cloud blanket over the city, temps in the mid 50s, and no wind, this was the most pleasant winter dazzling display of lights I have seen. My son and his friend wanted to go, so I purchased tickets on line (smart choice). Because of the amazingness and the fact that we live in a very populated area, there was a huge crowd. My son suggested we buy tickets online which I did. ($20/per person for prime time…weekends after dark). I figured parking would be a zoo…pun intended. When I tried to turn into the zoo, it was blocked and I saw the sign to park at the overflow lot with shuttle in (shuttle free, parking $6, credit accepted…yay). This was about 1.5 miles away and the wait to get onto the shuttle at least 20-30 minutes. So very happy to have dressed warm (jeans, sweater, comfy ankle boots and coat). My party of boys were dressed warm too thankfully!.
Once we got there, I saw another huge line to purchase tickets which we walked past. Then finally onto some excitement….the lights dance with Christmas music.
There are arrows that guide you through the park. Most of the animals were resting and not visible. The lights are very dim so you can’t see much in their habitats. We did see a giraffe that was up. What an amazing animal! I noticed the parrot habitat had heat lamps and you can see the shadowy silhouette of the birds resting by it. My son was hungry so we stopped for a bite, I noticed they were serving adult beverages and hot beverages at stands…different.
As we walked, we were mesmerized by lights. So many lights and it was so nice to meander around the park. This is a really nice zoo. We are right in the center of the medical complex and Rice University. They did have white “statue” animals that they shined lights on that moved and changed color. They decorated around the animal’s habitats, like light up flamingos by the flamingo habitat. They had underwater themed lights, floral themed lights and so many trees covered in solid colors of red, green, blue, purple and white.
We saw this towering Christmas tree too…
Tis the season! Shuttling out of the park took much less time than in. Even though there was a large crowd, it didn’t bother me because the display was so worth it. It took about an hour to go through the park, you could spend more or less time. It would be fun to go on a date or with family. It did take the entire evening considering the drive and getting in and out of (that’s just more time to be with the people you love).