Jungle Bells

2016 Jungle Bells presented by California Coast Credit Union

Beat the holiday rush

Buy your admission tickets online, and skip the front gate lines!

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


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!

On December 24, the Zoo is open until 5 p.m., with no Jungle Bells activities.

Northern Frontier's Holiday Forest
Location: Northern Frontier
Time(s): 3 to 8 p.m.
Duration: Continuous

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*
Location: Albert's Restaurant
Time(s): Daily, 3 to 5 p.m.
Duration: Continuous
Price: See menu at Albert's for prices

'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.

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

Get to know some animals a little better as their keepers share stories, or watch the animals enjoy special enrichment items.

4 p.m.: Urban Jungle: Cheetah
5:15 p.m.: Raccoon
5:30 p.m.: Children’s Zoo
5:30 p.m.: Aye-aye
5:45 p.m.: Polar bears
6 p.m.: Rhinos
6 p.m.: Asian leopards

Reindeer Games
Location: Front Street Stage
Time(s): 5:05 & 7:05 p.m.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

"Carol of the Jungle Bells" Light Experience
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 4:25, 5:25, 6:25 & 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 7:15 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes
Price: $3 Adult, $2 Child

Journey around the Zoo to marvel at animal-shaped light sculptures and other surprises.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas*
Location: Northern Frontier
Time(s): Starting December 6, shows throughout the day. Starting December 9, last show begins at 7 p.m.
Price: $6

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
Location: Entrance
Time(s): 5, 6, 7, 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: Discovery Outpost
Time(s): Starting December 6, shows throughout the day. Starting December 9, last show begins at 7 p.m.
Price: $6

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.

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

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!

The Tinseltones
Location: Wegeforth Bowl
Time(s): 6 p.m.

Join the Tinseltones for a fun round of a cappella carols and sing-alongs with a fresh twist.

The Journey
Location: Front Street
Time(s): 7:30 p.m.

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.

Polar Bear Quiz

How well do you know polar bears? Take our quiz, and you could win four tickets to our new Animals In Action experience.

Take the Quiz Here

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