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Gladys Porter Zoo will host its annual holiday celebration, Zoo Nights and Lights, on December 7, 8 and 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. This family-friendly event offers holiday spirit and fun for guests of all ages.

Visitors will find live performances by local bands and choirs while taking in the dazzling light displays and enjoying some hot chocolate and churros. Keep an eye out for some of the Zoo’s most infamous lighted attractions, including the animated escaping gorillas as they appear to walk the roof tops and the chimpanzees climbing the palm trees. Staff also places 800 luminaria bags along the walkways. Also on display, is a new lion themed tree in the Christmas tree forest. The zoo will have the traditional zoo animal inspired trees on display. Each tree is adorned with some handcrafted ornaments inspired by peacocks, marine creatures, and reptiles.

Children can enjoy activities such as having their picture taken with Santa Claus, decorating their own gingerbread cookie and creating a unique holiday craft. Everyone is invited to do a little Christmas shopping at the arts and crafts show in the special events building for unique, handmade goods. Over the years, the zoo maintenance staff has created a dazzling collection of approximately 150 lighted animal and holiday fixtures.

Tickets for Zoo Nights and Lights are on sale online at gpz.org or at the Gladys Porter Zoo ticket gate. The price is $2.50 per ticket or visitors can donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Campaign. Zoo members receive free admission to this event but are still encouraged to donate a toy.

For more information visit www.gpz.org or call (956) 547-7187.

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