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WE ARE OPEN TO ALL VISITORS! After more than 100 days of being closed, we have finally re-opened and are welcoming visitors from 10 am-4 pm every day! We can’t wait to see you!

Masks will be required while on-grounds, as well as social distancing measures. Visit UticaZoo.org/prepare for full details.

Utica Zoo Bright Nights | Presented by: Baird

November 5, 2020


Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo presented by BAIRD to benefit the Utica Zoo animals and the Greater Mohawk Valley.

We are ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to announce Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo presented by BAIRD, Thursday through Sunday evenings beginning Friday, November 27th through January 3rd from 5p-8p. (Exceptions: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. The Utica Zoo is closed on December 25th.)
The Greater Mohawk Valley is typically home to a robust season of winter celebrations, many of which have been postponed for 2020. The Utica Zoo is presenting an opportunity for our neighbors across the entire region to be joyous while adhering to COVID-19 safety measures. Not only will this be a wonderful way for families to enjoy the magic and wonder of the holiday season through a variety of light and decor displays, but will also be a celebration of our communities’ diverse holiday traditions!

Food Trucks

As of 11/19, we will have Brake from the Grind and Stathis food trucks on select dates, with The Grapevine Gyro Cart on select dates as well. Items from food trucks are not included in the admission cost.

Admission Cost:

Adults $8 Kids $5


Receive a one-time 50% discount on your purchase of tickets for those listed on your membership. It is good for multiple dates if purchased during one transaction. The discount code is your membership number found on your member’s card. Contact info@uticazoo.org for any assistance. Ticket purchase link may be found HERE

We will have music, carolers, food trucks, hot drinks, a nightly reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, everyone’s favorite jolly man in the red suit, and much more! Stay tuned for lots more information to be added in the coming weeks! Masks and social distancing will be required, as well as a 500-person at a time capacity to adhere to all NYS COVID-19 mandates.
Thank you to BAIRD, I LOVE NEW YORK, BME-Business Machines and Equipment, First Source Federal Credit Union, Greater Utica Area McDonald’s, Caruso McLean Investments, and Bank of Utica for their support!
Some of our light and decor displays will include:
  • Bright Nights Entrance: Bright white lights archway and Snowmen to welcome you to Bright Nights!
  • Gumdrop Candy Land Cottage
  • Farming Elves
  • Caroler’s Performance Stage/lighted Caroler’s
  • Penguin Pond
  • Peaceful Deer
  • Mr & Mrs. Claus at the North Pole
  • Construction Elves
  • Jolly Snow Family
  • Additionally, various celebrations representing our diverse community, both culturally and faith-based, will be invited to create scenes to celebrate. Contact Andria Heath at a.heath@uticazoo.org to learn more about opportunities to represent your cultural or faith-based tradition.

Thank you to BAIRD, Theresa Flemma and Jason Topi, I LOVE NEW YORK, First Source Federal Credit Union, Hummels/BME-Business Machines and Equipment, One Realty Partners, Empower Federal Credit Union, Adirondack Bank, MVP Healthcare, Mohawk Valley Wellness, Associated Medical Professionals, NBT Bank, Greater Utica Area McDonald’s, Lupini Construction, Caruso & McLean Investments, Dale and Eve Van de Wal, and Bank of Utica for their support!

Coupons, discounts, day passes, and reciprocal membership benefits are not valid for Bright Nights dates.


Support Packages

Be part of the inaugural Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo by supporting the efforts of the Utica Zoo staff and Bright Nights Committee in creating this family-friendly program. Your business, organization, or family can have their name in front of our community members as a supporter of a quality of life asset taking place at the Utica Zoo. Contact info@uticazoo.org for more details or to secure your support spot today!

Santa Level: Exclusive to one sponsor $10,000 SOLD!!

All promotions, media, print & digital, will list Santa sponsor; two hospitality pavilions available during season (COVID19 restrictions apply and amenities included to be discussed); admission tickets (# to be determined w/donor); “Presents” sponsorship signage at the entrance

Rudolph Level: $7500

All promotions, print & digital will list Rudolph sponsor, one hospitality pavilion available during season (Covid19 restrictions apply); admission tickets (100 combination adult & children); Lights Exhibit Sponsorship signage

Frosty Level $5000

All website, print, & social media promotions will list Frosty sponsor, admission tickets (75 combination adult & children); program sponsor signage

Sugar Plums Level $2500

Plentiful social media and print promotion listing Sugar Plum sponsor, admission tickets (40 combination adult & children); Program sponsor signage

Jack Frost Level $1000

Admission tickets (20 combination adult & children); 2 memberships for employee/customer giveaway; program sponsor signage

Mistletoe Level $500

Admission tickets (6 combination adult & children); program sponsor signage

Contact info@uticazoo.org for more information or to secure your support spot today!