Twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances transform the Zoo into a wild, glowing wonderland. Ride the Twinkle Light Trolley to tour an array of animal light sculptures, enjoy jingly, jazzy carols, acrobatic trampoline elves, and more. Plus, it is one more chance to see the larger-than-life centennial animal puppets of "The Journey" - lit up and aglow for the holidays in celebration of our 100th birthday. Join us for plenty of good cheer!
Northern Frontier's Holiday Forest
Trek through our specially designed, lighted trees to visit our most 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.
Get to know some animals a little better as their keepers share stories, or watch the animals enjoy special enrichment items.
Stop in at Santa's igloo for a visit and photo with the jolly old elf.
*Photo packages are available, starting at $29.99.
Here's your chance to join in the famous "reindeer games" Rudolph and his friends played. Show off your hula-hooping skills and learn the special Reindeer Dance!
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!
Twinkle Light Trolley*
Journey around the Zoo to marvel at animal-shaped light sculptures and other surprises.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas*
Join Manny, Sid, and Diego on a cool adventure in the San Diego Zoo Ice Age 4-D Theater - and since it's 4-D, you'll feel it all!
"Celebration of Lights" Music/Light Experience
Hundreds of strands of colorful lights blink, blaze, and dazzle as our 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.
Join the strolling musician as he helps everyone get in tune with the holiday spirit. Ask him to sing our special Jungle Bells song with your child's name in it!
Join the Tinseltones for a fun round of a capella carols and sing-alongs with a fresh twist.
Our larger-than-life animal puppets are lit up and aglow for the holidays! This moving, musical processional of spectacular pageantry puppets and stilt walkers celebrates the San Diego Zoo's extraordinary 100-year history and the journey to end extinction.
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