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Holiday Nights

Purchase your tickets to Holiday Nights now!

Advance Sale Ticket Prices: Members $7 | General Admission $8
Day of Ticket Prices: Members $8 | Non-Members $9
Children under 2 years of age FREE


Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-16 | 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy a festive and fun after-hours stroll amid sparkling displays of holiday lights that transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Warm up by the fire pits and enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores, live performances of holiday music, ice carving, roving entertainers and animals on evening exhibit. 

Schedule of Events

5 – 8 p.m.     Santa Claus visits | Gazebo         

5 – 8 p.m.     Holiday Market

5 – 5:30 p.m.     Atmospheric Entertainment | Courtyard

5:30 – 6 p.m.     Christmas Carolers Perform | Outside Animal Health Center  

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.      Atmospheric Entertainment | Courtyard

6:30 – 7 p.m.     Ice Carving Demonstration by The Ice Farm | Amphitheater

6:30 – 7 p.m.     Atmospheric Entertainment | Courtyard

6:45 – 7:15 p.m.     Christmas Carolers Perform | Outside Animal Health Center        

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.     Atmospheric Entertainment | Courtyard

*Schedule subject to change.


Carolers and Choir Schedule

1st Weekend 

Friday, December 1
5:30 - 6 p.m.     Dr. Tom Dooley Choraliers 
6:45 - 7:15 p.m.     The Katz Meow and Harmony Katz

2nd Weekend

Friday, December 8
5:30 - 6 p.m.     Rock Voices Syracuse

Saturday, December 9
5:30 - 6 p.m.     Liverpool Community Chorus

3rd Weekend

Friday, December 15
5:30 - 6 p.m.     Lincoln Middle School Chorus

*Our carolers and choir list continues to grow! Check back later for updates.


Holiday Market Exhibitor List

Indoor Exhibitors | Animal Health Center

1st Weekend 

December 1 and 2
Ait Said Creations
Cindy's Gift Solutions
LunaSea Art Studio
Sloppy Kisses Dog Treats
Cedervale Farm Alpacas
X Altered LLC

2nd Weekend

December 8 and 9
Cindy's Gift Solutions
Sloppy Kisses Dog Treats
Cedervale Farm Alpacas
X Altered LLC

3rd Weekend

December 15 and 16
Cindy's Gift Solutions
Cedervale Farm Alpacas
Thompson's Treasures
X Altered LLC

*Our Holiday Market exhibitor list continues to grow! Check back later for updates.

Zoo United Logo

In the spirit of the season, the Friends Zoo United campaign pledged to donate $1 from every hot cocoa purchased at Holiday Nights to United Way of Central New York. 

During Holiday Nights 2022 we served an incredible 120 gallons of hot cocoa and donated $1,542! We're excited to see the donations this year brings!

Calling all Carolers and Choirs for 2023!

Caroler Icon

Do you enjoy singing loud for all to here? We're looking for groups of carolers and choirs to bring the holiday cheer.

For more information, please contact Olivia Fottrell, Development Associate at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8518

Calling all Local Artisans and Businesses!

Friends of the Zoo is offering a great opportunity for local artisans and businesses to participate in Holiday Nights Marketplace. Please fill out the attached application and return it to the Development Office at [email protected] or [email protected].


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Holiday Nights Sponsorship Packet Cover
Download Sponsorship Packet
Download Sponsorship Packet

For more information, to sponsor or participate, please contact Heidi Strong, Director of Development at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8526

Thank You To Our 2023 Holiday Nights Sponsors!

Wegmans - Light Display Sponsor

Light Display Sponsor
Amazon - Light Display Sponsor

Light Display Sponsor
Alzheimer Association - Volunteer Program Sponsor

Volunteer Program Sponsor
Ice Carving Demonstration Sponsor - Excellus

Ice Carving Demonstration Sponsor
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