A red-ruffed lemur sniffing a Christmas tree

The holiday season is quickly approaching and it can be easy to get swept away in routine traditions while completely overlooking interesting new ones. In an effort to counteract this, we would like to take this opportunity to discuss some of the most fun holiday parties that will be held across the state of Texas. From events that are sure to get guests over 21 in festive spirits to some of the best zoo Texas holiday celebrations around, these are some of the many amazing ways Texans can spend the holidays this year. Here is a list of the 8 fun-filled events we will be highlighting throughout this blog:

  • Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo’s Christmas with the Critters
  • Houston Zoo’s Zoo Lights
  • Escape Salon & Retreat’s Sip & Stroll Christmas Market
  • San Antonio Zoo’s Zoo Lights
  • The DoSeum’s Dulce: Sugar, Spice & Holiday Spirits
  • River Walk Culinary Adventure Tours Presents Holi-dine on the River Walk
  • New Braunfels Conservation Society’s Old Town Christmas Market
  • Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater’s Ho Ho Homicide! Murder Mystery Party

Reserve your tickets now to celebrate the holidays with our animal-loving staff!

Unforgettable Festive Events At The Houston Zoo And The Nearby League City Historic District! 

Even though events like Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo are primarily geared towards younger guests, such events also boast plenty of merriment for parents and older guests. Besides the immense joy they are sure to feel as their kiddos have the times of their lives on an illuminated, interactive dance floor, parents are also guaranteed to appreciate the beautiful sight of this zoo as it is illuminated by an impressive array of festive holiday lights. This event is particularly well suited for families who are looking for a fun, memorable way to spend the holidays and make new, valuable memories in the process! From featuring an immaculate 30-foot Christmas tree to a festive winter wonderland area that is perfect for photo-ops, it is no wonder why Houston Zoo’s Zoo Lights is widely considered one of the best zoo Texas holiday parties!

For Texans local to the Houston area that are looking for a more spirited way to ring in the holiday season, there are plenty of local events that are sure to be great options! One jolly celebration that we couldn’t recommend enough is the Sip & Stroll Christmas Market event, which will be hosted by Escape Salon & Retreat. Like its name implies, the event encourages guests to sip wine or hot chocolate while browsing an extensive outdoor market in League City’s Historic District. Come support local vendors and businesses while indulging in delicious spirits and treats!

Amazing Local San Antonio Zoo Parties And Events For Guests Over 21

When it comes to the best zoo Texas holiday parties, San Antonio locals are particularly spoiled. This is because two jolly holiday celebrations are annually held in the area. The first of these celebrations and our personal favorite is undoubtedly Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo’s own Christmas with the Critters event. The event will feature festive shows that showcase our jolly animal residents and fun enrichment activities for guests and animals alike. Such aspects encourage guests to attend our seasonal events on a yearly basis and consider our zoo as the best zoo in the world! Celebrate the holiday season in style as you spend it with our knowledgeable staff and personable animal ambassadors. The second of these celebrations is San Antonio Zoo’s Zoo Lights. Much like the Zoo Lights event held at Houston Zoo, guests can expect to partake in festive snacks while marveling at the dazzling lights and wintery sights all around them!

A capybara indulging in some holiday enrichment

A fennec fox sleeping in a festive Christmas basket

Since events like Houston Zoo Lights certainly aren’t for everyone, here are a few other festive celebrations that are sure to get anyone over 21 in the holiday spirit. One of these events is The DoSeum’s Dulce: Sugar, Spice & Holiday Spirits event! Even though The DoSeum is generally considered as an ideal learning environment for kids, their Dulce event is solely open to guests over 21. The event will boast jolly treats, live music, and a riveting cocktail contest that will have some of the city’s best bartenders compete to make the best festive beverage! Another long-anticipated festive event adults can look forward to is River Walk Culinary Adventure Tours’ Holi-dine on the River Walk event. During this walking tour, attendees will visit three distinct destinations where they can partake in delectable alcoholic beverages, appetizers, entrees, and desserts of their choosing. Since this culinary tour is a true “choose your own adventure” event, there is sure to be something for everyone!

San Antonio Holiday Celebrations That Are Sure To Get Guests In Jolly Spirits

Even though events such as Houston Zoo Lights and San Antonio Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo are generally considered perfect for the whole family, these events may leave adults who have yet to start families of their own wanting more. In order to give these zoo guests other joyous events to look forward to, here are some of our favorite New Braunfels celebrations that are perfect for guests over 21! Our first suggestion is the New Braunfels Conservation Society’s Old Town Christmas Market event. This event provides the perfect opportunity to do all your holiday shopping in one place while supporting a good cause. Another local festive event that plenty of our zoo guests look forward to is the Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater’s Ho Ho Homicide! Murder Mystery Party. Like its name suggests, the event encourages dinner guests to indulge in a cocktail hour and a three course meal while participating in a uniquely festive murder mystery! 

Many of our guests look forward to celebrating the holiday season with us since they consider our zoo as the best zoo Texas has to offer. However, we have provided an ample list of holiday parties throughout this blog to ensure that all our guests can partake in lighthearted holiday fun to their hearts’ content! Whether you are local to San Antonio, Houston, or somewhere in between, we greatly appreciate the continued patronage of guests such as yourself and wanted to return the favor. Because of this, we wanted to give back during this season of giving and provide plenty of amazing suggestions for you to ring in this holiday season! 

An umbrella cockatoo posing in front of a lit Christmas tree

Marvel In The Inherent Beauty Of Texas At Christmas Time At AWSFZ!

Since we have been focusing on a variety of fun ways to spend this holiday season, we want to take the time to remind you of our long-awaited Christmas with the Critters event! Besides encouraging our guests to appreciate the natural wonders of Texas at Christmas time, we will be featuring festive animal shows and delicious holiday treats for guests and animals alike. As our animals indulge in delicious Monkey Mochas and use Christmas trees as scratching posts, guests can enjoy hot chocolate, warm apple cider, and yummy s’mores beside a roaring campfire. We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with you and hisss you a Merry Christmas!

A grey wolf lying on top of his unwrapped Christmas enrichment

A mountain lion snipping a Christmas tree

Make sure to RSVP to our festive Christmas with the Critters event, which will be held from December 17th to January 6th!

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