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Is The San Diego Zoo Open On Christmas Day? | Holiday Travel Guide

If you're looking to visit the San Diego Zoo on Christmas day, but unsure if the zoo will be open then you've come to the right place!

This article tracks if San Diego Zoo will be open on Christmas day as well as what you can expect in terms of crowd levels this year.

Questions We'll Answer About The San Diego Zoo On Christmas Day:

  • Is The San Diego Zoo Open On Christmas Day?
  • Is The San Diego Zoo Busy Around Christmas Time?
"San Diego Zoo" Sign

Is The San Diego Zoo Open On Christmas Day?

The San Diego Zoo is open 365 days a year!

This includes all major holidays like Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve/Day. 

Giant Lion statue outside of the San Diego Zoo

In fact, the San Diego Zoo may have longer than usual operating hours during these holidays to accommodate the larger than usual crowds the zoo experiences during this time of year.   

The  San Diego Zoo has grown to become one of the most popular attractions in Southern California, so it's no surprise they follow other major attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios in being open on Christmas Day. 

Is The San Diego Zoo Busy Around Christmas Time?

While we've found Universal Studios and Disneyland to be quite busy throughout the week of Christmas, the San Diego Zoo is a bit different. 

Christmas Day for San Diego Zoo doesn't typically feel exceptionally busy which is a contrast from Disney and Universal which are often at their busiest. 

Double Decker Red Tour Bus

Christmas morning is going to be noticeably slower as most people will be spending time celebrating Christmas first thing before the park gets busier in the afternoon, then the crowds being to dwindle again into the evening. 

While Christmas Day isn't too bad in terms of crowds, the days after Christmas and leading into New Years are some of the busiest days all year for the San Diego Zoo. 

Two Koalas

Just after Christmas is when tourists and Southern California locals alike will make the most of having time off of work and kid's being out of school to visit attractions like the San Diego Zoo.

Be prepared for much higher than usual crowds and wait times at the San Diego Zoo if you plan to visit during this time of year. 



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