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Jungle Bells At The San Diego Zoo


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until January 1, 2018[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Zoo , 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $42 - $58

Please note, the San Diego Zoo will be closing at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

During Jungle Bells, presented by California Coast Credit Union, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, merry-making performances, and festive foods. Special displays and scheduled events fill the Zoo—and guests—with holiday cheer.

Santa will be on hand before Christmas to visit with youngsters, and some of his elves keep things hopping with an energetic trampoline performance, the Toy Shop Hop.

For more Santa-themed adventures, there’s two special 4-D experiences: an amazing train ride to the North Pole through the magic of "The Polar Express" and "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas," where guests join Manny, Sid, and Diego on an adventure so cool, you can feel it!

Jungle Bells is full of memorable experiences, from Dr. Zoolittle’s animal-themed version of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” (“...not a creature was stirring, not even a ‘roo.”) to the Northern Frontier Holiday Forest aglow with stunning, specially decorated and lit trees. The sounds of the season fill the air with an interactive jingly, jazzy carol session and a strolling musician engages guests in songs of the season. Even though it is the darkest time of year, the grounds are filled with colorful lights in the form of light sculptures of animals, and two “dancing light” experiences set to holiday music.

The San Diego Zoo will be open on Christmas Day and New Year's Day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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