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Bright Nights returns to Utica Zoo

Posted 11/20/22

The annual Bright Nights series returns from 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Utica Zoo, 1 Utica Zoo Way.

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Bright Nights returns to Utica Zoo

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UTICA — The annual Bright Nights series returns from 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Utica Zoo, 1 Utica Zoo Way.

The zoo will light up with more than a dozen scenic winter light and decor displays. Santa and a giant jolly mailbox will be there nightly along with music, food trucks, campfires and more.

The event will feature nightly readings of ‘“Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the opportunity for children to fill out and send their letters to Santa’s Mailbox. Children can see Santa collect the letters each evening from his mailbox. Each letter will be answered and will include a special surprise from Santa Claus. A proper return mailing address is required.

Various activities will be added each weekend.

General admission is $8 for adults; $5 for children; and $7 for seniors, military and college students with ID. Children under two are free. Utica Zoo members receive 50% off admission. Tickets can be purchased at the time of arrival.

Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo is presented by Theresa Flemma and Jason Topi of The Flemma Group Baird and sponsored by First Source Federal Credit Union, Nimey’s New Generation Cars, Pratt & Whitney, Bank of Utica, Total Solutions, BME-Business Machines & Equipment Inc., McDonald’s, the Zonta Club of Utica and the New York Power Authority.

This event is weather permitting and may be canceled due to inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation, updates will be posted to the Utica Zoo Facebook page, as well as their website at www.uticazoo.org/brightnights.

The Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation and is home to over 200 exotic and domestic animals, welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually.

 

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