Come be cheered by a cheetah or awed by an armadillo!
Familiar holiday traditions will get a wild twist this Yuletide season as part of the Jungle Bells celebration at the San Diego Zoo. During the annual event, the Zoo transforms into a wild, whimsical winter wonderland filled with dazzling light displays, melodious bell ringers, tasty treats, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony and the Zoo’s special animal encounters.
Now in its fourth year, there are plenty of old and new Jungle Bells traditions for families to enjoy. Take a ride on the North Pole miniature train outside the Zoo entrance or share your wish list with the jolly ol’ elf himself at Santa’s Workshop. Applaud the Jumpin’, Jammin’ Elves as they perform astounding acrobatic feats to holiday tunes in the Urban Jungle and see the Zoo from the perspective of the most famous reindeer of all aboard Rudolph’s Skyfari aerial tram.
No holiday celebration is complete without colorful and twinkling lights and there are more than 50,000 individual lights used in the Jungle Bells décor and displays.
New to Jungle Bells is Chocolate Town, where guests can marvel at a Chocolate Holiday Tree, meet the mayor of Chocolate Town, enjoy yummy chocolate morsels and see the all-new 12 Days of Christmas light display set to music.
Jungle Bells runs December 15 through January 6 at the San Diego Zoo.