Families brave cold for Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo

HOUSTON – It not only sounds and looks like the holiday season at the Houston Zoo -- it feels like it.

Especially if you're from the Midwest or the Northeast. Dozens of families turned out in the cold night for a sneak peek at this year's Zoo Lights display.

That included the Martinucci family who just relocated a year ago from the Windy City.

"We actually used to live in Chicago," Vanessa Martinucci said. "The adults are used to it, the kids not so much. But we still had some winter stuff so we just bundled them up and brought them out."

Kids and adults alike were bundled up from head to toe -- trying to beat the blustery, biting wind and temperatures. Families and friends came out in groups -- family and friends shivered together as well.

"I think I got like a dozen layers on," Brett Mach said. "We have on like 40 layers right now. Our children are like ready to ski in Canada."

It can get relatively cold in the Houston area at some point every winter. What surprised many of these folks is how early the temperatures dropped this year.

Some, though, looked at the cold weather as a treat.

"It was a surprise," Jennifer Spiller, of Huffman, said. "But it was a welcome surprise because it feels more like Christmas."

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