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Magical Zoo Lights stays up late with new additions of dancing Zebra and Texana display

Magical Zoo Lights stays up late with expanded hours, dancing Zebra

Great news for Houston Zoo Lights fans who don't have young children to put to bed early. Weekends now through January 9, the two-million TXU Energy light spectacular remains open until 11 pm and as a bonus on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The later hours provide a less crowded opportunity for strolling the mile-long path that wanders through a dazzlingly lighted landscape of oaks and animal displays. New to the scene this year is Candy, the animated life-sized  Zebra, and a Texas-themed display. So popular has this entertainment become that the expanded hours on select nights assure that everyone enjoys the sublime, out-of-this-world light show.

Life-sized lighted animal sculptures in the Enchanted Forest are just as charming the second and third time as on the first visit to Zoo Lights. As we noted last year, "Colossal lighted globes spin overhead while waterfall lights create fantastical illusions . . . A tunnel of sparkling lights in rainbow colors invites as lights across the park dance to holiday tunes."

(I would personally suggest this as a great place to get engaged, particularly in what I call the love tunnel of lights. And that could be the best New Year's Eve ever!)

Zoo Lights dancing zebra
Meet the latest addition to Zoo Lights. © Houston Zoo/Stephanie Adams