Jungle Bells returns to the San Diego Zoo again this year on Saturday, December 12.
The holiday tradition will brighten up the park with twinkling lights reminiscent of some of the guests’ favorite animals.
Festive foods and different holiday performances are scheduled nightly. Dr. Doolittle will present his version of 'The Night Before Christmas' at Koalafornia, The Alley Cats will entertain guests with a brand new show ‘Jungle Bell Rock’ at Wegeforth Bowl and the Jingle Brass will have guests just entering the park already in the holiday spirit.
Santa’s elves are so excited they'll be jumping up and down on a trampoline at the 'Toy Shop Hop” and guests can even visit Santa inside an igloo at the Discovery Outpost.
Guests can enjoy the decorations from the Twinkle Lights Trolley or ride the ‘Polar Express’ to the North Pole, just like in the children’s book.
The animals are even getting in on the festive fun! For each night of Jungle Bells the raccoon or the arctic fox in Polar Bear Plunge will receive a special holiday treat.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy their own festive treats from hot chocolate and cookies to sautéed artichoke hearts and sweet potato fries on Albert’s Happy Holidays Happens Menu.
Jungle Bells runs December 12 through January 3 and is included with admission. The Zoo stays open until 8 p.m. each night of Jungle Bells.