It can be difficult to find unique ways to celebrate the holiday season, but Texas’ zoos have got you covered. From festive animal shows that showcase jolly animal residents to plenty of delicious enrichment opportunities, zoos can be surprisingly fun places to celebrate the holidays. Even though many of our guests consider Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo as the best place to celebrate Christmas In Texas, here are some other great zoos and events that serve as amazing ways to ring in the holiday season! Here is a list of the best festive holiday events we will be highlighting throughout this blog:

  • Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo’s Christmas with the Critters
  • Holiday Lights on the River Walk at the San Antonio River Walk
  • Natural Bridge Caverns’ Christmas at the Caverns
  • SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration
  • Houston Zoo’s TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

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

Our Favorite Festive Christmas Lights In Texas and More!

While there are countless ways that Texans can spend this upcoming holiday season, we hope you consider celebrating with us at Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo during our Christmas with the Critters event! Many of our guests consider our zoo the best place to celebrate Christmas In Texas, and our outstanding holiday event is sure to reflect this sentiment. Join us from December 16th to January 7th for a holiday celebration like no other. Come marvel in the winter wonderland our animal-loving staff have specially created for the occasion!


Even though our zoo is based in New Braunfels, Christmas Lights In Texas  are a fan favorite of our guests!  One festive event that is perfect for Texas families is viewing the holiday lights on the San Antonio River Walk! Besides being a great free event, Holiday Lights on the River Walk is optimal for busy Texas families since these lights are up in all their festive glory.

Another notable festive event is Natural Bridge Caverns’ own Christmas at the Caverns event, which is being held across several evenings in December leading up to Christmas Eve. In addition to boasting a unique caroling experience within Texas’ largest known underground cavern, the event features a 30-foot Christmas tree, live music, and the opportunity to indulge in s’mores over a roaring fire. Natural Bridge Caverns will also be partnering with the New Braunfels Food Bank at this event, and will be encouraging guests to donate to the cause and/or bring in a non-perishable food item to add to the community food drive. In doing so, you are sure to make a difference during this upcoming season of giving. 

More Christmas Events in Texas To Get You In The Jolly Spirit!

We may be a little biased, but one of our favorite Christmas events in Texas is our very own Christmas with the Critters event! Even though our New Braunfels zoo can be a bit of a drive for our Houston and Dallas guests, we highly encourage you to make a jolly weekend road trip out of it. On the way you are sure to get a tour of the best Christmas lights in Texas outside your car window. At our highly anticipated Christmas event, guests can expect festive animal shows like our adorable Santa’s Little Helpers show and our interactive Fa La La La Lemur show. We will also be offering fun enrichment activities for our animal residents and guests alike! While our animals partake in yummy Monkey Mochas and play with Christmas trees, our guests can enjoy hot chocolate, warm apple cider, and s’mores beside a roaring campfire. Such fun-filled festivities encourage our guests to consider our zoo’s holiday celebration as the best Christmas in Texas celebration of the season.

Even though White Christmases are incredibly rare across southern states like Texas, the Christmas lights in Texas Hill Country  are sure to convince you otherwise as they set the mood of a chilly holiday season. Another of our favorite festive outdoor animal celebrations is SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration. Besides boasting the largest Christmas light display in Texas, guests can enjoy fireside s’mores and watch jolly animal shows. Aquatic animal lovers across Texas consider SeaWorld San Antonio to be at the top of the list of best ways to celebrate  Christmas in Texas 2023.

Even More Places to go in Texas for Christmas

Now that we have highlighted the best zoo celebrations for Christmas in Texas, we will now be discussing amazing festive events across southeast Texas. Since many of our out of town guests make the trek for our unique animal Christmas party, we want to return the favor and suggesting  places to go in Texas for Christmas  celebrations like no other. Although it is technically a zoo, this is more Christmas lights related. For animal lovers who are local to the Houston area, we recommend TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo. Since our Christmas event takes place near the end of the year, this eight-week long Houston event is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit before joining AWSFZ for our annual Christmas with the Critters event! Houston Zoo’s Christmas celebration will feature festive holiday lights and decorations that transform the Zoo into a marvelous winter wonderland. Guests can also expect to take a leisurely stroll under a colorful holiday light tunnel and commemorate the occasion at a wintery photo-op area. 

For guests local to southeast Texas who celebrate the holiday season with us, the considerable trek to New Braunfels is the perfect opportunity to take in the sights while discovering new winter traditions. To avoid falling into the never ending “Christmas party near me”  Google search loop, we hope that this list has been helpful for you to locate all the best Christmas events in Texas in one place! While you are driving to all of these epic locations, you are sure to get the added benefit of seeing Christmas lights in Texas hill country  on your drive in!

Our Staff Can’t Wait To Celebrate Our Christmas Experience

Of a Lifetime With You and Your Loved Ones!

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 at this epic Christmas Experience. 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!

Make sure to RSVP to our festive Christmas with the Critters event, which will be held from December 16th to January 7th!

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