Although Taillights has some differences this year, it continues to offer a place for people to spend time with their loved ones during the holidays. As they stroll or drive through the zoo, visitors can enjoy kettle corn, hot chocolate and cookies or play with glow toys.
These treats and toys can be ordered in advance with Cruise Zoo lights tickets and at concession stands or the gift shop on walk-through nights. Guests will have the chance to interact with Pengö and Tortuga, talking giraffe and tortoise figures.
There will be beloved displays from years past as well as new options, including elf dance party/Santa's village, aquatics and forest scenes. Certain scenes, such as Candy Land and a fantasy section with elves and wizards, have been expanded this year.
During walk-through nights, the Music-in-Motion Light Show by the lake will be accompanied by the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s song “A Mad Russian’s Christmas.” Those driving through the zoo can listen to music on their radios when they tune into an AM station synchronized with the light displays.
Many of the scenes are themed around animals including bees, koalas, flamingos, giraffes, elephants, grizzly bears, monkeys, alligators, hippos, wolves, lions and zebras. It has been designed similarly to the daytime cruise events, which the zoo started doing when it was closed to foot traffic due to COVID-19.
Most of the popular displays can be seen on foot or by car, but certain areas, such as the Arizona Trail, will only be open during walk-through nights. One of the biggest changes has been to the Outer Tropics Trail, where 120 more trees were decorated with lights.
“It’s going to give the chance for people to come out, see it in a different light and stay distanced,” Davis said. Davis said his crew made updates to some light displays to keep them current.
This year, the crew had to take a different approach to the installation because of the drive-through nights. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Wild lights opened to the public on Friday and run through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.
After roasting, seating is available for guests to assemble their own warm and gooey s'more while taking in our animated light display from the shores of Conservation Lake. Santa Experience at Polar Frontier, located in the North America Region at the Battle Ice Bear Outpost.
Enjoy the ability to speak with Santa, as well as take part in a safe and fun photo opportunity, while still maintaining social distancing. Many animals will be visible from the comfort of heated, indoor shelters including Manatee Coast, Discovery Reef, the Naomi Coyle Dempsey Quest for Enlightenment Interpretive Center, Vanishing Giants, the Reptile Building, and Bob & Evelyn’s Roadhouse Nocturnal Building.
Your sea lion encounter includes one 5” x 7” souvenir photo to take home as a memory of this special experience. You will be escorted around the Zoo in a VIP golf cart while snuggling up under a warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate.
For more information about these opportunities and other tours and experiences, please visit the Zoo’s website. Please note that all Zoo visits (including for Members) will require a dated, timed ticket to help ensure that social distancing and other precautions are followed appropriately.
After 3 p.m., Members will then be required to reserve an entry time for admission to enjoy Wild lights. All of our other guests will continue to be required to make advance reservations for timed entry throughout the entire day/evening of Wild lights.
No walk ups will be permitted All reservations can be made online by visiting the Zoo’s Re-Opening Plan. This year’s Santa experience has been reimagined in accordance with Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
The zoo announced Friday morning that its yearly holiday celebration would be free due to a grant came from the State Legislature via the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Within an hour of the announcement on social media, more than 1,500 people were virtually in line on the zoo's website.
If we notice that a lot of people reserve tickets but are not attending, we will be able to open more slots,” officials added, in the Friday evening Facebook post. Some have been hit hard financially or mentally, and we just hope that this is a way that makes Taillights accessible to all families,” Hansen told KSL.com Friday afternoon.
Friday's announcement comes as many other holiday traditions have moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The church will broadcast a video of sister missionaries giving a tour of the lights display beginning on Dec. 1.
Artist Holly Jones, left, and Make-A-Wish's Daniel Dudley unveil Jones' creations in the holiday candy window displays at Macy's City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allied, SL)On Thursday, the Candy Windows at Macy's in City Creek Mall were unveiled quietly during a small ceremony in front of media personnel.
During Taillights, the main attraction is enjoying our brighter light path and animal-themed displays. Our Zoo animals will be enjoying a full night’s slumber.
By purchasing a ticket to the Houston Zoo, you agree to properly wear a facial covering during your visit. In accordance with Harris County orders, and for the safety of our staff, guests, and animals, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear facial coverings that fully cover the nose and mouth.
You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing. If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask the Houston Zoo will consider reasonable modifications to the face mask policy.
Multiple food locations will be available, including Cypress Circle Café during Taillights hours. Our main entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030.
Just like people, goats have personalities, and our herd has loads of character (and special festive holiday costumes that they will wear just for you). Meet Button, Buckle, Sugar and Spice among others as you spend some quality time giving them a good grooming.
(Based on state health guidelines and limited space behind the scenes, we are not able to accommodate members of separate households on a tour.) Book here Zoo lights Tips Our tips for your best Zoo lights visit Buy tickets online This year, everyone gets a timed online ticket.
Dine at Zoo lights Our Plaza Café and outside stands will be open for food to-go with yummy soups, pizza, burgers, snacks and drinks. In extreme weather, check our homepage for updated information.