LOCAL Houston | The City Guide December 2016 - Page 45

FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE Houston Zoo Lights EASY: THESE SPOTS ARE EASY TO ENJOY; YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO GET OUT OF YOUR CAR. You may have to deal with some slow-moving traffic, but with your favorite tunes (and most likely, air conditioning) in your car, you’ll be enjoying these spectacles in comfort. RIVER OAKS SHOPPING CENTER – The stores along West Gray from Shepherd to Woodhead sparkle with millions of lights and festive displays. Three Starbucks (plus a new one inside Kroger) make festive holiday beverages a breeze. HIGHLAND VILLAGE – This favorite spot has been sparkling in the Texas heat since mid-October. With light-wrapped palm trees and oversized giant bows and festive lighted gifts, this center is a true holiday tradition. POST OAK BOULEVARD – This magnificent stretch of road in the Galleria area features 80 brilliantly lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard, as well as numerous decorations and lighting throughout the area. RIVER OAKS NEIGHBORHOOD – The city’s ritziest neighborhood takes their holiday displays seriously! Gaze at the mansions along River Oaks Boulevard and their beautiful trees dripping with millions of hanging lights. Side streets, including Inwood, Del Monte and Lazy Lane, also amp up the Christmas magic. Drive slowly; you’ll want to take it all in. PLAN A NIGHT OUT: ZOO LIGHTS Houston Zoo | www.HoustonZoo.org Price: $$ Value Nights 6–10pm | Prime Nights 6–11pm If you haven’t stopped at the Houston Zoo Lights, where have you been for the past five years? This is definitely a must-go through January 15. The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland for visitors to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa while they listen to holiday carolers, admire more than two million sparkling LED lights, see Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, twinkling replicas of zoo animals and a brand-new addi- tion – a 33-foot-tall glittering Christmas tree. While most of the animals will be settling for their long winter’s nap, you can still have a glimpse of several nocturnal residents. You’ll want to buy your ticket online to save time and money! If you are feeling a little romantic after the Zoo Lights, we know the perfect spot. Go on a romantic winter walk next door at Hermann Park, enjoy our spectacular skyline and see even more Christmas lights! Lastly, get a warm brew at the Black Hole Coffee House or Siphon Coffee, which are nearby. CHRISTMAS VILLAGE AT BAYOU BEND Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens www. mfah.org/admissions/christmas-village-bayou-bend Price: $$ Mon–Sun: 5:30–10pm The beautiful 14 acres of gardens in River Oaks will be set up on December 10 as a gracious Christmas Village. Get in the spirit of the holiday with carolers, Santa and his reindeer, a snowball-play area, holiday treats and art-making activities. Stroll the garden and take in the elaborate Christmas light displays. This village is set up to make your holiday memories last a lifetime. MEMORIAL CITY LIGHTS Memorial City Mall | www.memorialcity.com Price: Free For Jingle & Mingle at The Square, Sat, December 17, 6–9pm Doing a scavenger hunt of Christmas lights might not be for everyone, but if you find yourself shopping at Memorial City Mall these holidays, you will absolutely run into the lighting celebration that illuminates Memorial City’s 265-acre footprint. This is a perfect Christmas tradition that can be convenient and fun for the entire family. Inside the mall you can find various spots to take pictures with you ݙYۙ\ZH]Z\^\\^H\X\YH]\LY][ ZHH]Hۙ\YY][H]]\KH[H[\[]]HۙB۝[YYۂ^YBH]\^KX[X\ M[H Z[H]H]X\K[H]H]\XY\܈[H܈\\K[HXX[\ۛ٘[[HHY[[ܚX[]HZ[Y\XZH[\X\[KX[X\ MH B