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Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Region: Downtown

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Date: December 12, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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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Twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances transform the Zoo into a wild, glowing wonderland. Ride the Twinkle Lights Trolley to tour an array of animal light sculptures, enjoy jingly, jazzy carols, acrobatic trampoline elves, and more. Jungle Bells holds holiday cheer for all!

Jungle Bells activities are included with your admission or membership unless otherwise noted.*


  • 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.
  • Santa's Igloo* (Price: $29.99 and up)
    Stop in at Santa’s igloo for a visit and photo with the jolly old elf.
  • 23 Days of Jungle Bells
    Which is more fun, unwrapping a gift or what’s inside? Watch our raccoon deftly open a "present" that contains a favorite food.
  • California Coast Credit Union
    Visit our Presenting Sponsor's booth on the following dates from 3:00 to 8:00 PM: December 12, 14, 19, and January 2.

Animal Experiences

Watch some of our animals enjoy special enrichment, and get to know more about them from their keepers.

  • 4:00 PM - Animal Ambassadors - Urban Jungle
  • 4:00 PM - Otter - Asian Passage
  • 5:30 PM - Children's Zoo - Discovery Outpost
  • 6:00 PM - Giraffe - Urban Jungle


  • Jungle Bell Rock
  • Strolling Musician
  • Jingle Brass
  • Toy Shop Hop
  • Dr. Zoolittle's " 'Twas The Night Before Christmas"
  • "Carol of the Jungle Bells" Light Experience
  • Twinkle Light Trolley* (Price: $3 Adult, $2 Child)
  • Costume Characters
  • "Celebration of Lights" Music/Light Experience
  • Polar Express 4-D Experience* (Price: $6 Adult/Child)


  • Jungle Bells Instameet Challenge
    Calling all Instagram-ers! Join us at Northern Frontier on Saturday, December 19 at 9:30 AM for an exclusive Instagram meet-up and photo walk. Enjoy the holiday cheer, enter the free raffle, and compete with fellow phone-ographers for cool prizes.
  • Jungle Bells Photo Contest
    Tag your holiday photos at the Zoo with #sdzjunglebells for a chance to win a behind the scenes look at Polar Bear Plunge.

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