Santa Claus is coming--to the Safari Park, and he wants to have breakfast with
you! Join us at the Park's scenic Kilima Point for a bountiful breakfast buffet
with the jolly elf, who will gladly pose for photos with each child. Special
animal visitors will also make an appearance, and there will be an opportunity
to decorate holiday cookies during this fun morning.
What kind of exotic animal gets its wings every time a jungle bell rings? Find out for yourself this month at the Jungle Bells celebration, when the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. You'll find a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, bell ringers filling the air with music, and lighted animal figures dotting the grounds. Dr. Zoolittle has an interactive Night before Christmas show, and you can make some new friends during Animal Magic for the Holidays critter presentations. Munch holiday specialties, take a Candy Cane Lane Magical Journey, and experience even more seasonal cheer--Zoo style!
Our miniature train will be all decked out and ready to transport kids and adults alike around our holiday-lit track, and who knows, you might catch a glimpse of Santa on the way by.
Adopt an Animal for the Holidays
Give the gift that means more! Adopt-a-Booth will be on board this holiday with super animal adoption opportunities and offering up wish list items for our animal residents here at the Zoo.
Conservation Tree Lighting
Times: Nightly, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bronze Gorillas
Join us nightly at the stroke of 5 for a tree lighting ceremony by the Bronze Gorillas at the front of the Zoo.
The Bell Ringer's Welcome
Each night a different community hand-bell group will ring in Jungle Bells with passion, beauty of expression and a joy of sharing their music and talent.
Bring your kids and enjoy watching them delight as they walk through this experience at the Zoo's front entrance.
Reindeer Express Bus Ride
Come hop on our express bus service to other parts of the Zoo to enjoy the holiday lighting and many of the other activities scheduled. A special price will be available for any guest to hop on Dancer or Blitzen to get your Jungle Bells adventure on its way.
Doc Terry, The Veterinarian
Returning from the North Pole in preparation for Jungle Bells our own Doc Terry, the Veterinarian, will be the unofficial host of this holiday celebration.
Tinseltown Trolley Light Tour
Do you enjoy critter light spotting and singing carols? Well, just jump aboard our Tinseltown Trolley on Front Street and be transported on a short and unique tour of the Zoo.
Enjoy a 30-minute video of famous, funny and heartwarming snippets from holiday movies and TV shows past and present as you dine!
This is it, kids! Get a chance to talk to Santa about your holiday wish and
maybe have your photo taken with the jolly gent. Get there early cuz there will
probably be a little wait, but there is so much to do in the area like visit
Chocolate Town and slithery reptile viewing, that time will pass quickly.
Frosty's Jumping Waters
Delight in the festive holiday music, spectacular colored jumping water and crazy moving lights on the bridge welcoming you into one of the zoo's Discovery Outpost.
Dr. Zoolittle's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Zoo, not a creature was stirring, not even a roo. Drop by and enjoy this classic Christmas poem done with a Zoo twist by our lovable Dr. Zoolittle and friends.
Chocolate Town and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Be entertained by singers and animals alike, meet Zoo characters, even shake hands with the Mayor. Chocolate Town will be serving up tasty tidbits for kids and adults and as you enjoy your chocolaty treats relax and take in the very cool animated light display Twelve Days of Christmas.
Chocolate Holiday Tree
Come see how our world-famous horticulturalists created a chocolate themed tree to go with our holiday celebration and take a picture with family and friends to send around the world.
Rudolph's Ride to the Northern Frontier
What better way to get to see an iconic holiday animal such as our polar bears than taking a ride on Skyfari's sky gondolas playfully adorned with a red nose on each car?
Animal Magic for the Holidays
Animal Magic for the Holidays provides chances for up close and personal meet-and-greets with our Animal Ambassadors throughout Discovery Outpost.
Candy Cane Lane Magical Journey
Stroll down Candy Cane lane to visit our Blitzen Treehouse light experience or just cozy up to the bar at our fine dining restaurant, Albert's. You might just want to put your name on one of our cute canes, as that donation provides wishes for animals here at the Zoo.
Enjoy a light show on the Treehouse Plaza designed to delight young and old alike while sipping a tasty Zoo Brew!
Jumping, Jamming Elves
The Jumpin', Jammin' Elves will make you gasp as they seem to defy gravity while they dance in the air. But that's not enough for them; they will throw beads to the crowd and afterwards plan to paint as many Rudolph noses as possible on kids and adults alike after the performance.
Times: By Reservation Only
Do something special for the holidays and take your family and friends to
this one-of-a-kind animal experience in Urban Jungle. Feed a rhino, walk with
flamingos, and get close to a cheetah. What could make a better holiday present?
Jungle Bell Jump
Times: Daily, Noon - Close
Location: Sun Bear Lawn Forest
Decked out for the holidays with holiday lights is one of our premium kid's attractions for Jungle Bells. Jump and climb to your heart's content on the Sun Bear Forest Lawn.
Fisher-Price Little People Live Holiday Show
Back by popular demand, the Fisher-Price Little People costumed characters, Sonya Lee, Eddie, and Michael, along with Teacher Terry, will present a live holiday-themed musical stage show with lots of singing and dancing. The show is geared towards kids ages 5 and under.