My mom and I have been Dallas Zoo Family Plus members for years. We enjoy supporting our zoo via membership (a portion of what would we pay is a charitable contribution) and the environment is a great place of learning about animals and conservation for the children. So we were very happy to see an email from the Dallas Zoo about an additional holiday event coming this month into December.
The Dallas Zoo is introducing Dallas Zoo Lights presented by Reliant Energy. This will be the Dallas Zoo’s first holiday celebration and it can’t happen soon enough. After the animals head in for the evening, the Dallas Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 1 million twinkling lights illuminating the night sky throughout the holidays.
Guests can stroll along a path that covers 25 acres within the Zoo, enjoying an array of light-wrapped trees, overhead and hanging light displays, and lighted 2-D decorations. Various lighted vignettes throughout the Zoo will give you the feeling of being transported to an African watering hole or to a holiday candy land at the North Pole.
The Dallas Zoo will be one of only two zoos in the U.S. to showcase fantastic 3-D light sculptures hand-built in France. We’ll also have an amazing one-of-a-kind tree covered in sound-reactive lights in the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo – we encourage lots of caroling so we can see the tree respond in a new way each night!
Designed as an event for all ages, Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant will feature:
- Holiday entertainment by local performers
- A special holiday light show set to music, with multiple showings per night
- Tasty winter treats for kids and adults, including gourmet donuts, cookies, s’mores stations, hot chocolate and other adult holiday beverages
- Crafts and activities for the kids
- Great locations for fun holiday family photos
Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant is free with regular zoo admission and free to Dallas Zoo members, meaning guests can visit us during the day to walk around and see the animals, and stay for the holiday celebration at night for no additional charge. Guests are also welcome to come just for the lighted holiday festivities, which are scheduled from 5-9 p.m. each night the event is open.
Starting November 17, Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant is open every Friday through Sunday, as well as select weeknights. The event will be closed on December 24 and 25. See below for a snapshot of the schedule for Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant.