San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells

San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells is back December 8, 2017 at the World Famous San Diego Zoo! Twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances transform the Zoo into a wild, glowing wonderland. The whole family will enjoy an exciting array of animal light sculptures, jingly, jazzy carols, acrobatic trampoline elves, and more.  Join in for plenty of good cheer!

Northern Frontier’s Holiday Forest

Trek through the specially designed, lighted trees to visit some winter-loving animals. It’s a great place for an evening holiday photo!

Happy Holidays Happens at Albert’s

‘Tis the season for great deals on drinks and appetizers at Albert’s Restaurant. Stop by to fill your stomach before getting your Jungle Bells on.

Animal Encounters

Get to know some animals a little better as their keepers share stories, or watch the animals enjoy special enrichment items.

4 p.m.: Cheetah (Urban Jungle)
5:15 p.m.: Raccoon (Northern Frontier/Polar Bear Plunge)
5:30 p.m.: Children’s Zoo
5:30 p.m.: Aye-aye (Center Street)
5:45 p.m.: Polar bears (Northern Frontier)
6 p.m.: Fossa/honey badger (Africa Rocks)
6 p.m.: Asian leopards (Panda Canyon)

Gingerbread Landing

Come see what Greta Gumdrop, the happy holiday host, has in store for you. Meet larger-than-life, huggable zoo characters like Dr. Harry Lion, Churchill Polar Bear, Bamboo Bear, and their friends. It’s a great spot to snap a picture for next year’s holiday card!

Reindeer Games

Enjoy specially designed lighted displays throughout the Zoo during Jungle Bells in the comfort of an expedition cart on this 60-minute guided tour of the Zoo led by one of their knowledgeable guides. Reservations are required and space is limited!

Jingle Brass

Jazzy carols and lots of smiles: this interactive music show turns the holiday spirit up!

Dr. Zoolittle’s ” ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”

The zany Dr. Zoolittle shares a zoo version of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem.

Toy Shop Hop

Santa’s acrobatic elves and their trampoline return to put a bounce in everyone’s holiday step.

“Carol of the Jungle Bells” Light Experience

Lights, music, WOW! A medley of holiday tunes and “dancing” lights combine to light up the night with “oohs” and “aahs.”

“Celebration of Lights” Music/Light Experience

Hundreds of strands of colorful lights blink, blaze, and dazzle as the huge holiday tree comes to life—and light!

Polar Express 4-D Experience

All aboard for the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of a magical train ride to Santa’s home! Special effects bring this seasonal classic to life at the Rio 4-D Theater.

The Tinseltones

Join the Tinseltones for a fun round of a cappella carols and sing-alongs with a fresh twist.

Buy your tickets today!



Contact San Diego Zoo

(619) 231-1515


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