Read Our Review of Jungle Bells @ The San Diego Zoo!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone December 17, 2022

Holiday lights, Santa Claus, acrobats, caroling, a real live reindeer, and a spectacular light show Aurora, you will find all of these things at Jungle Bells @ The San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells happens nightly. The zoo stays open until 8 PM (Except on December 24th). Experience the zoo like never before! A myriad of lights cover the zoo's impressive vegetation. 

See your favorite animals close up! We enjoyed seeing the lions up close as they slept in spoons. 

The Amur leopard roared and strutted it's stuff. We had the zoo to ourselves it was marvelous! 

We recommend taking Skyfari at night. There's no better way to take in all of those lovely holiday lights!

Throughout the zoo at various times there are spectacular shows. 

Here's What You Can Experience:

Jingle Brass- The brass musical ensemble will get you in the spirit of the season, as they play holiday hits! 

Reindeer Games- Kids of all ages take part in holiday games and dances. 

The Celebration of Lights- The Front Street Toog Tree is lighted and choreographed to a holiday soundtrack, bringing the season to life every 30 minutes during Jungle Bells. 

Jack Frost The Juggler- The prince of winter shows off his amazing skills by juggling snowballs and icicles, as he brings a little magical winter chill to the air at Wildlife Explorers Basecamp.

Dr. Harry & His Holiday Friends- Meet Santa’s favorite helpers—friendly Zoo characters Dr. Harry Lion, Churchill Polar Bear, Sydney Koala, and all their friends—as they pose for holiday photos and spread the cheer of the season. 

The Tinseltones- This cappella quartet brings their unique arrangements of holiday classics to the Boardwalk stage creating a winter wonderland.

Snow!!! During the last 5 minutes of the Tinseltones' 4 performances, a dusting of "snow" brings holiday magic to the Zoo's Boardwalk Beer Garden.

The Toy Shop Hop- Santa’s acrobatic elves show off their bouncing and high-flying holiday magic in this amazing display of skill and athleticism.

Dr. Z's One Night Before Christmas- Dr. Z gets in the holiday spirit by telling his own zany, interactive version of this classic story.

Santa's Factory- Guests of all ages can meet St. Nick and his elves.

Holiday Troubador- Sing holiday classics with an acoustic guitarist/singer. 

Aurora- This popular, end-of-the evening spectacular—full of lights, sounds, live performers, and 3D video projection images—returns to Hua Mei Plazato once again highlight the beauty of wind, water, and ice with two mesmerizing performances nightly. 

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