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Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Region: Downtown

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San Diego Zoo
Date: December 14, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Close at 4:00 PM on December 24; open on Christmas Day and New Year's Day until 8:00 PM.

Price: Free with admission

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Jungle Bells are ringing - it's holiday time! During the three-week Jungle Bells celebration, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, lighted animal displays throughout the Zoo aboard the Tinseltown Trolley, live animal shows, Dr. Zoolittle's lively version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," special music and entertainment, delicious holiday treats, encounters with animal ambassadors, visits with Santa, and much more. Join in the merriment with activities until 8:00 PM each evening and make your holiday a wild one - after all, 'tis the season!


  • Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo is a three-week wintery celebration where guests can experience many activities from holiday-themed animal experiences to festive entertainment
  • The Zoo transforms at night and is lit up with sparkly light sculptures for guests to enjoy. One way to see the lights is on the Twinkle Light Trolley ($3 for adults, $2 for children), a tractor-pulled trolley decorated for Jungle Bells that gives guests a fun ride around part of the Zoo
  • A photo experience with Santa will be available for guests during Jungle Bells, where guests can come and meet Santa and get a souvenir photo taken
  • Entertainment such as Doctor Zoolittle's Night before Christmas, the Aussie Dickens Musical Group, and Carol of the Jungle Bells Light Experience can be seen in the Koalafornia Boadwalk area
  • A holiday animal show will take place at Wegeforth Bowl every night at 6:30. Stop by to see - and hear! - some critters up close
  • Experience "Light Up the Night," a custom music and light experience happening at various times each evening at the holiday tree in the Zoo's front plaza

Special Food Offerings

  • Seasonal holiday treats will be served at participating Zoo restaurants, including holiday cookies, hot chocolate, coffee with liqueur, s'mores, fried apple and cherry pies, and specialty soups
  • Happy Holidays Happen daily at Albert's Restaurant, with cocktail and appetizer specials
  • Visit the Sweet Treats Truck located in the Koalafornia Boardwalk to satisfy that holiday sweet tooth


  • Take part in the Jungle Bells Instagram photo contest for a chance to win great prizes! Take photos and/or videos of you and your kin enjoying the holiday cheer and tag them on Instagram with #junglebells to enter

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