Wonderland of Lights

Brought to you by The Resource Center for Independent Living.

Your life. Your decisions. We believe if you want to live independently you don’t need permission, you need resources.  Visit us here!

At RCIL, we provide real solutions to the personal, social or governmental barriers that are stopping your decisions from being respected and realized. We have three decades of experience in providing personally tailored advocacy, information, and training services.

RCIL believes that the widespread poverty, segregation, and isolation of people with disabilities is unacceptable, should not be tolerated and requires change.

The Wonderland of Lights is RCIL’s signature fundraiser!

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How can I sponsor a light?

Each year, the light show attracts more than 30,000 delighted children and adults and raises tens of thousands of dollars to support RCIL’s programs and services. Contact RCIL for more information.

Q: What are the light sponsor opportunities?


Large light displays can be sponsored at levels ranging from $500 to $10,000 and includes many benefits including advertising for your business, signage, free passes and more.


Small lights can be sponsored at three levels: Candy Canes for $25, Snowflakes for $50, and Pine Trees for $150.  In the spirit of the season, choose one of these festive displays in honor or in memory of a loved one.  You will be listed in the program guide in The Observer-Dispatch.


The Hero Light can be sponsored for $350.  This giant, animated display of a police officer, firefighter and soldier raising the American Flag commemorates the commitment of those who serve.  Sponsorship includes signage, advertising and free passes to the show.


Q: How can I volunteer?

A: This event couldn’t take place without our dedicated volunteers — and we’re always looking for more! You can help with the setup of our small light displays or spend an evening greeting happy show attendees. Please contact Diana at RCIL to learn how you can become involved.

Q: What about letters to Santa?

Kids!  Bring your letters for Santa to the Wonderland of Lights, and drop it in the special Santa mailbox during the light show. Santa will send a personalized letter back!

Q: What about tickets?
  • $7 advance sale tickets available at RCIL, 409 Columbia Street and all Price Chopper locations
  • $8 per vehicle at the gatehouse entrance of the Light Show
  • $15 for 15 passenger vehicles and $25 forLimousines
  • $50 for Buses!

Contact Us

Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

Diana Sorrento

PO Box 210, Utica NY 13503




Event Schedule

  • 11/28/13 – Be the 30th car with paid admission through the show to receive a prize.
  • 12/06/13 – Be the 30th car with paid admission through the show to receive a prize.
  • 12/12/13 – Be the 30th car with paid admission through the show to receive a prize.
  • 12/17/13 – Be the 30th car with paid admission through the show to receive a prize.
  • 12/13/13 – Be the 30th car with paid admission through the show to receive a prize.

Wonderland of Lights Holiday Gift-A-Way Prizes:
$50 Gas Card – there are 2 prizes. Many thanks to Clifford Fuel Company
Fender Electric Guitar Package – Thank you Big Apple Music
Mini Vacation – Many thanks to the Radisson Hotel Utica Centre
$25 Gas Card – with many thanks to Hess Express.

Look for Santa!



Take Utica Exit 31 from I-90(NYS Thruway).  Take Genesee St S., look for John St sign, to Broad St E., to NY-5S East. 

Exit at Culver Ave, merge onto Dwyer Ave, turn right onto Culver Ave

Turn left onto Welsh Bush Rd.

There will be arrow signs reading WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS.

Hours of Operation

Open: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

November 26th – Utica Road Runners Fun Run for Safety

Open for Traffic
November 28 – December 26

Closed: Dec. 2-4
Closed: Dec. 9-11