Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Holiday Nights


Fridays and Saturdays in December | 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. 

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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 2023 we served an incredible 176 gallons of hot cocoa and donated $1,876! We're excited to see the donations 2024 brings!

Calling all Carolers and Choirs for 2024!

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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].

All of our indoor spaces are full, but we are still looking for outdoor exhibitors! 


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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Download Sponsorship Deck
Download Sponsorship Deck

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!

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