San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells

Brilliant displays, breathtaking acrobatic performances, and immersive 3D presentations. San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells fill the air with festive cheer.

Christmas celebration has become a full-on-extravaganza at the Zoo, so save the Jungle Bells San Diego Zoo dates. Instead, have your camera ready the moment you enter San Diego Zoo this holiday, as you’ll be surrounded by whimsical lights. Then, meet the friendly Zoo characters or witness the spellbinding beauty of Aurora through a 3D show. 

Follow along to discover all the best attractions and entertainment at Jungle Bells San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells Tickets

San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells 2022 is included in your general admission and membership.

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From wildlife encounters to thrilling entertainment, San Diego Zoo promises fun activities for all budding scientists and animal lovers. Discover this wildlife paradise that is in Balboa Park without spending all your moolah.

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San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells Attractions

Jingle Brass

Schedule: 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, and 7:30 PM (25 minutes)

Located at Front Street Stage, Front Street

The brass musicians are ready to amp up your holiday spirit by playing classics throughout the night. 

Toy Shop Hop

Schedule: 3 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM, and 6 PM (15 minutes)

Located at Sydney's Grill, Urban Jungle

The park will be filled with oohs and aahs once Santa’s acrobatic elves hit the stage, showing off their skills and flexibility at this magical show.

Celebration of Lights Experience

Schedule: 4:55 PM, 5:25 PM, 5:55 PM, 6:25 PM, 6:55 PM, 7:25 PM, and 7:55 PM (5 minutes)

Located at Toog Tree, Front Street

Meander through Front Street, where the Toog Tree lights up and synchronizes to joyful tunes.

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Dr. Z's One Wild Night Before Christmas

Schedule: 3:45 PM, 4:45 PM, 5:45 PM, and 6:45 PM (20 minutes)

Located at Stage Rocks Box, Africa Rocks

Listen to Dr. Z as he shares his own silly, adventurous version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. 

Dr. Harry and His Holiday Friends

Schedule: 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM

Located at Boardwalk Beer Garden, Outback

Snap some photos and bond with Santa’s favorite Zoo characters, including Sydney Koala, Dr. Harry Lion, Churchill Polar Bear, and more. Get your Jungle Bells San Diego Zoo tickets now to not miss this meet-and-greet. 

The Tinsel Tones

Schedule: Performances at 5:15 PM, 5:45 PM, 6:15 PM, and 6:45 PM (20 minutes)

"Snow" at 5:35 PM, 6:05 PM, 6:35 PM, and 7:05 PM (5 minutes)

Located at Boardwalk Beer Garden, Outback

Nod along to the new rendition of holiday classics performed by a cappella singer, spreading joy to all guests.  

Holiday Troubadour

Schedule: 4:45 PM, 5:45 PM, and 6:45 PM (30 minutes)

Located at Gingerbread Landing to Bridge Snacks, Lost Forest

Meet and hum along to Christmas carols played by the roaming singer and guitarist throughout the park.  

Aurora Pathways

Schedule: 6 and 7:10 PM (20 minutes)

Playful creatures and magical characters representing Wind, Water, and Ice come together to greet and interact with you this holiday season. Take some time to chat and engage with them before heading to a specially designed, lighted walkway filled with festive, colorful décor and lively songs that make you want to dance and party.

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Schedule: 6:30 and 7:40 PM (10 minutes)

Located at Hua Mei Cafe, Asian Passage

Is seeing the otherworldly beauty of aurora borealis on your bucket list? This Christmas, why not experience the next best thing first? San Diego Zoo features an exhilarating, immersive show of the northern and southern lights, complete with lights, 3D projection, mapping, and blending sounds. But, of course, the magical creatures are here as well, sharing powerful stories and teaching us the power of nature.

Aurora VIP Experience

Schedule: Dinner reservations: 4:30 PM to 6:15 PM.; Aurora: 6:30 PM and 7:40 PM

Albert's Restaurant and Hua Mei Plaza

All those activities can work up an appetite. Reserve seats at Albert’s Restaurant to savor seasonal cuisines and witness the magic of Aurora at their pre-show dinner. Tickets for adults cost $75, while admission for children costs $35.  

San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells Activities

Reindeer Games

Schedule: 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM (25 minutes)

Located at Front Street Stage, Front Street

Let your little ones feel the excitement of holidays at the San Diego Zoo. Play, dance, and giggle with them as they enjoy holiday games and music with lots of playmates.  

Northern Frontier's Holiday Forest

Schedule: Until 8 PM

Located at Polar Bear Plunge, Northern Frontier

Looking for some wonderful photo opportunities that will guarantee your pictures hundreds of likes? The holiday decorations at Polar Bear Plunge are beyond comparison. There will be lighted trees, LED installations, and real polar bears and reindeer to visit.

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San Diego Jungle Bells Dates and Details

This event runs from December 9, 2022, through January 1, 2023. The San Diego Zoo Jungle Bell Hours depend on the attractions. 

Experience San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells

Your favorite wildlife mecca has transformed into an unbeatable Christmas destination this season. Come witness its twinkling cheerful decorations, adding some holiday cheer. Afterward, join and enjoy its activities at this year's Jungle Bells San Diego Zoo 2022. 


December 9, 2022
January 1, 2023
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