Noon Year's Eve

In consideration of the health and safety of our animals, staff, and visitors; we have decided to postpone the Noon Year’s Day celebration, slated for 10-1 p.m. on Dec. 31 for later this winter to coincide with the Chinese New Year. The Zoo is still open to visitors, daily, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with early closing on New Year’s Eve, Friday, at 3 p.m.

We’re bringing Noon Year’s Eve back again this year! Join us at the Utica Zoo to say goodbye to 2021 and give 2022 an early welcome on Friday, December 31st from 10am to 1pm!

Reflect on the past year of fun at the Zoo & celebrate 2022 with everyone in your family for Noon Year’s Eve!

Enjoy the animals interacting with holiday-themed enrichment and watch the special enrichment “ball drop” at our Zebu/Alpaca/Cavy habitats at NOON.

Visit our education station to discover bio-facts, meet one of our Ambassador Animals, add your 2022 conservation
Noon Year’s Re-ZOO-lution to our board, and more!

Admission to this event is INCLUDED with admission to the zoo on December 31st. Feel free to purchase your tickets right at our main gate (pre-purchased tickets are NOT required).

The Utica Zoo closes 3 pm on December 31st. We will re-open at our regular hours on January 1st.

Noon Year's Eve FAQ

What day is Noon Year’s Eve?

Noon Year’s Eve is on Friday, December 31st.

What time is Noon Year’s Eve?

Noon Year’s Eve runs from 10am until 1pm. The zoo itself closes at 3pm that day.

How much are tickets for Noon Year’s Eve?

Noon Year’s Eve is included with the normal admission price for the day. In other words, the event is $8 for adults (13-61), $5 for kids (2-12), and $6.75 for Seniors (62+), Military, and College with ID.

What is there to do at Noon Year’s Eve?

At Noon Year’s Eve, celebrate the new year by learning some cool animal facts at a special education station,  share your conservation Re-ZOO-lution with us and add it to our 2022 Re-ZOO-lution board, watch our animals interact with special holiday enrichments, and AT NOON witness a special enrichment “ball drop” at our Zebu/Alpaca/Cavy exhibit while celebrating the occasion with some “champagne bottle bubbles.”

Is this event outside?

This event is primarily outside, so dress appropriately. 

Is the whole zoo open?

Yes, the entire zoo will be open for the event!

Will I see animals?

Yes! All of our animals will have access to their habitats so you will have a chance to see them. Of course, all of our animals are given the option to stay within their heated homes out of view so we can’t guarantee that you will see every animal!


Due to Inclement weather on Sunday 11/27, Bright Nights will NOT Be Running That Night. It will still run on Saturday 11/26 AND continue as normal From 12/2 to 12/18!