Zoo Nights & Lights 2023

Enjoy the Zoo’s Brilliant Light Display

Brownsville, Texas (November 22, 2023)—The Gladys Porter Zoo will be hosting its annual holiday celebration, Zoo Nights and Lights, presented by McDonald’s. This family-friendly event offers holiday spirit and fun for guests of all ages as well as a romantic setting for a date night. Zoo Nights and Lights will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The public is invited to stroll through the Zoo’s pathways filled with brilliant light displays while enjoying live musical and dance performances. Guests can participate in the festivities with Christmas karaoke, book readings, cookie decorating and pictures with Santa! Visitors can also find unique holiday gifts for their loved ones at the arts and crafts show and in the Zoo’s gift shops.

Adding to the holiday cheer, teams made up of Zoo staff will be competing in a Christmas tree decorating contest, and the public will get to decide the winners. Guests can take a walk through the Zoo’s Christmas Tree Lane to see the beautifully decorated trees and then cast their vote for their favorite.

The price of admission for this event is $5.00 per person. Tickets for Zoo Nights and Lights are now available online and at the gate. Zoo members receive free admission to the event with their membership cards. To shorten wait times, members are encouraged to pick up their free tickets in advance at the Membership Office. Guests can also receive free admission by donating a new, unwrapped toy for the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. The toy must be valued at $5.00 or more—only one free admission will be granted per toy.

The Gladys Porter Zoo staff would like to thank its sponsors, McDonald’s, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, H-E-B, NBC 23, CBS 4, Digital 101.5 and the City of Brownsville, for their generous donations that helped make this event possible.  

For more information, please visit www.gpz.org or call (956) 546-7187.

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