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. From December 13 through January 5 (except December 24), special light displays and shows 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 Polar Express 4-D experience takes you on an amazing train ride to the North Pole, and for a real-life train adventure, the beloved miniature train outside the Zoo gates will be waiting for you to get “all aboooooard!”
Jungle Bells is full of joy for the whole family, 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. Throughout the Zoo, the sounds of the season fill the air with an interactive jingly, jazzy carol session, the sweet harmonies of an a capella group, and a strolling musician. Even though it is the darkest time of year, the grounds are filled with colorful lights in the form of light sculptures of animals, “dancing light” experiences set to holiday music, and Aurora: an exquisite end-of-evening spectacular filled with light, sound, and 3-D projections. Tis the season to celebrate—join us for all the magic, music, and memory-making moments!
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