California Zoos


San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells

December 10, 2021-January 2, 2022

Dec. 10-23 and 25-31, 2021; and Jan. 1-2, 2022.

The San Diego Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during this event, except for Dec. 24 when the Zoo closes at 5 p.m.

San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA
$60 approx.,
Jungle Bells activities are free with Zoo admission

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Spectacular Light Show Aurora Returns to Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo, and Wild Holidays at the Safari Park Offers Festive Fun for the Entire Family

Jungle Bells treats guests to a wonderland of lights, entertainment, holiday music and views of some remarkable wildlife--including reptiles, lemurs, baboons, reindeer and more.

Aurora visual and sound experience weaves 3D projections, music and light into a spectacular performance with the Aurora Borealis at the center of its theme. Friendly mythical wind, water and ice sprites share their stories, as well as the power of nature contained within their mystical orbs. As the performance comes to a dramatic and beautiful conclusion, the Aurora Borealis appears--the only time it has been seen in San Diego! Aurora takes place twice nightly (except Dec. 24) at Hua Mei Plaza, at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:40 p.m.

Jungle Bells is full of exciting experiences

  • Aurora
  • Dr. Zoolittle's animal-themed version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Northern Frontier Holiday Forest aglow with specially decorated and lighted trees
  • toog tree on Front Street, which doesn't just light up, it appears to come to life, "dancing" to sounds of the season
  • Santa at Gingerbread Landing with Santa's elves as they keep things hopping with their energetic trampoline performance at the Toy Shop Hop
  • 90-minute Inside Look Twilight Tour animals that are just waking up as the sun goes down. Reservations required. For prices & times, visit
  • jazzy carol session
  • strolling musicians
  • Reindeer Games on the main plaza
    meet larger-than-life friendly Zoo characters like Dr. Harry Lion, Churchill Polar Bear, Sydney Koala and their friends
  • seasonal treats like hot chocolate and cookies, and culinary delights at the Zoo's restaurants and food stands

Located just outside the Zoo exit, the beloved Balboa Park Miniature Train will be running during Jungle Bells. Train tickets are $3 for ages 1 and older; children younger than age 1 are free. Ages 5 and younger must ride with a paying adult.

The jubilant festivities treat guests to a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, entertaining live performances, holiday music and views of amazing wildlife.  Visit Santa, join in the Reindeer Games, trek through Northern Frontier's Holiday Forest and enjoy an abundance of culinary delights at the Zoo's many restaurants and food stands. The Zoo's retail locations offer great holiday shopping options supporting wildlife conservation.

Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Nov. 26-28; Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 20-23, and 26-31, 2021; and Jan.1-2, 2022

Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offer memory-making holiday experiences for the entire family. Both events will treat guests to views of amazing wildlife, twinkling lights, entertaining live performances, holiday music and more. While visiting the parks, guests can also pick up one-of-a-kind, wild and wonderful gifts for everyone on their shopping list. Every purchase from a Zoo or Safari Park gift shop helps San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance take another step in achieving its mission of saving animals and plants worldwide, and creating a world where all life thrives.

Guests can see the Safari Park in a whole new light at Wild Holidays, on select dates Nov. 26, 2021 through Jan. 2, 2022. During Wild Holidays, visitors can walk the pathways on a holiday expedition and travel through places that glow and twinkle with holiday cheer. Fanciful characters, musical entertainment, storytelling and culinary treats round out the evening of holiday festivities. And a visit to the Safari Park would not be complete without a trek aboard the Africa Tram to see remarkable wildlife, including rhinos, giraffes, African crowned cranes and wildebeest.

Safari Park visitors will enjoy Safari Park Radio 197.2 playing holiday hits throughout Safari Base Camp, with the DJ presenting Did you Know? segments and trivia games-- and they will laugh with animated Robert the Zebraduring the daytime hours, and dance along to Wild Holidays' musical entertainment. The Safari Park's adventure and explorer extraordinaire, Safari Parker, will read an original holiday story, Twas the Night before Wild Holidays, at the Village Playground--and guests can also take a photo with the jolly ol' elf himself, Santa Claus, in his whimsical home at the Village Marketplace; sip and savor culinary delights at the Safari Park's food stands; and shop for the perfect holiday gifts at the Safari Park's retail locations.

Plan ahead and make the visit extra special by participating in one of the Safari Park's upgraded experiences, including the Flightline Safari. Secure and comfortable in a harness, participants will experience breathtaking views of the Safari Park as they soar as high as 130 feet above the ground, traveling two-thirds of a mile, with a spectacular view of cape buffalo, giant eland and other wildlife in the expansive savanna habitats below. Or, guests can pack up their trunk for a Roar & Snore sleepover adventure at the Safari Park. All sleepovers include camp activities, an after-hours look at the wild lives of our wildlife, guided walks, a campfire program, dinner, an evening snack and breakfast the following morning. Choose from several age-appropriate sleepover categories with their own themes, including the new Supreme Roar and Snore experience. For prices, times and more information, visit

Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will take place weekends and select dates Nov. 26, 2021 through Jan. 2, 2022. During Wild Holidays, the Safari Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with holiday festivities from 4 to 8 p.m. Wild Holidays activities are free with Safari Park admission or membership. Vehicle parking is free for members at Wildlife Protector and above levels. Visit

 Events are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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