Now through January 13
...because animals celebrate Christmas, too. For its annual Zoo Lights, the Houston Zoo decks out its ancient oaks and winding paths with over 2 million twinkling LED lights. That’s 15 miles worth, in case you were wondering. The animals will likely be resting, but you may spot some giraffes, zebra, ostriches and snakes, or at the very least, an LED version of your favorite zoo animal. A BBQ food truck, snacks carts and kiosks will be available along the way, offering festive stuff like your own s’mores, hot chocolate and craft beer.
Cost: Tickets are $12.95 to $22.95
Now through January 27
In Houston, it’s not often you get the chance to embarrass yourself ice skating in the great outdoors. This (and every) winter, you can do so at The ICE at Discovery Green. Hours vary by day.
Cost: General admission is $11 and skate rentals are $4; your ticket and wristband are valid for 90-minutes
Now through March 20
There’s a new art installation at Discovery Green, GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery,
brings to life the invisible patterns of the wind with vivid color, motion and light along the Brown Foundation Promenade. The artwork is inspired by folk traditions of hand-made art and is intended to be playful and interactive, which visitors invited to ´be the wind´ by spinning and making the pinwheels turn. The installation will be on view daily during park hours, and lights will be activated nightly from dusk until midnight.