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Houston Zoo Lights Starts New Holiday Tradition

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Carolers, s'mores, some friendly animals and a charming display of holiday spirit greeted Houston Zoo sponsors, donors and friends at the launch of the first-ever Zoo Lights. Zoo vice president of marketing David Brady said that the goal was to create an interactive holiday light experience that Houstonians could enjoy close to home, rather than driving to Galveston or College Station.

Eighty percent of the zoo is decorated, from lights covering the stately oak trees to candy cane stripes on columns. Guests can also decorate their own gingerbread men and sip on hot chocolate as they wander the exhibits.

Near the entrance is "Holly Berry," a 1958 Cadillac decked out in lights that are synced to holiday songs. The archway between the lion and the clouded leopards is one of the most stunning displays, as waterfall lights twinkle overhead. And there is much more to see.

Zoo Lights opened to the public on Nov. 23 and runs through January 5th, except Christmas eve, with hours from 6 to 10 p.m. Prices are $8 for zoo members, $10 for non-members, $1 off coupons are available online. Children under 2 years old are free and group rates are available. Menu for the event includes funnel cakes, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, decorate your own gingerbread man, hot chocolate, pizza, sandwiches and more. Get more information here.