Jungle Bells

On December 24, Zoo Open until 5 p.m., but Jungle Bells Events Dark.

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
Location: Albert's Restaurant
Time(s): Daily, 3 to 5 p.m.
Duration: Continuous

'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*
Location: Skyfari East on Front St.
Time(s): Varies by date

Stop in at Santa’s igloo for a visit and photo with the jolly old elf.

December 5 and 6: Noon to 4 p.m.
December 11–18: 4 to 8 p.m.
December 19–23 and 25: Noon to 8 p.m.
December 24: Noon to 4 p.m.

23 Days of Jungle Bells
Location: Northern Frontier
Time(s): 5:15 p.m.

Which is more fun, unwrapping a gift or what’s inside? Watch our raccoon deftly open a “present” that contains a favorite food.

Animal Experiences
Animal Encounters
Location: Various Locations
Time(s): Times vary
Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 p.m. - Animal Ambassadors - Urban Jungle
5 p.m. - Otter - Asian Passage
5:30 p.m. - Children's Zoo - Discovery Outpost
6 p.m. - Giraffe - Urban Jungle

“Celebration of Lights” Music/Light Experience
Location: Entrance
Time(s): 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes

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
Location: Northern Frontier
Time(s): Continuous; last show begins at 7 p.m.

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.

Jungle Bell Rock
Location: Wegeforth Bowl
Time(s): 5:15 and 6:45 p.m.

The Alley Cats share their sweet a capella harmonies of holiday favorites to warm your heart and soul.

Strolling Musician
Location: Front Street
Time(s): 5-5:30, 6-6:30, and 7-7:30 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Listen and watch for the strolling musician, and follow along as he helps everyone get in tune with the holiday spirit.

Jingle Brass
Location: Front Street
Time(s): 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Jazzy carols and lots of smiles: this interactive music show turns the holiday spirit up!

Toy Shop Hop
Location: Sydney's Grill
Time(s): 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Duration: 15 minutes

Santa’s acrobatic elves and their trampoline return to put a bounce in everyone’s holiday step.

Dr. Zoolittle's " 'Twas The Night Before Christmas"
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes

The zany Dr. Zoolittle shares a zoo version of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem.

"Carol of the Jungle Bells" Light Experience
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): Every 30 minutes from 4:25 to 7:25 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes

Lights, music, WOW! A medley of holiday tunes and “dancing” lights combine to light up the night with “oohs” and “aahs.”

Twinkle Light Trolley*
Location: Entrance
Time(s): Leaves every 15 minutes from 5 to 8 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Sit back and enjoy this ride to view the marvelous animal-shaped light sculptures throughout the Zoo.

Costume Characters
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Join Bamboo Panda, Churchill the Polar Bear, and our other beloved costume characters for hugs and pictures.

Jungle Bells Instameet Challenge

Calling all Instagram-ers! Join us at Northern Frontier on Saturday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. 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.

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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.