Bright Nights is the Utica Zoo’s Premiere Holiday event that runs on weekends from the end of November through Christmas featuring all sorts of holiday fun such as caroling, food trucks, hot drinks, Santa, and numerous light displays!

In 2020 – the inaugural year of Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo – the event was presented by Theresa Flemma and Jason Topi at BAIRD to benefit the Utica Zoo animals and the Greater Mohawk Valley.

During the 2020 running of this event, we had 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!
Some of our light and decor displays included:
  • 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

Support Packages for 2021

Be part of 2021’s 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. We aim to make this year even bigger and better than it was back in 2020!

To see our 2021 sponsor levels, take a look HERE.

Contact for more details or to secure your support spot today!