Celebrate the Holidays Under the Sea at the South Carolina Aquarium

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Dive into the Sea-son with Scuba Claus, Snow Days, and Shark on the Shelf

Scuba Claus Dives in the Great Ocean Tank at the South Carolina Aquarium

Tis the season for special holiday fun at the South Carolina Aquarium. Starting today, Nov. 27, the jolly old man in the big red suit —or should we say scuba gear— will dive in the Aquarium’s Great Ocean Tank. The fun doesn’t end there, as the Aquarium will host “snow day” themed activities during the first three weekends in December.

Scuba Claus will make special appearances during the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. dive shows during the weekends. When Scuba Claus is away conducting business at the North Pole, his special elf helper will dive in the tank during weekdays. For a full schedule of these special holiday dives click here. During the first three weekends in December, as well as Dec. 21-23, experience the magic of the holiday season through the Aquarium’s “snow day” activities. Activities include complimentary snowman cookie decorating, terrapin turtles painting holiday ornaments, snowman bowling, and the popular Shark on the Shelf featuring Finzy. When guests find Finzy, they receive a special prize.

The holiday fun continues with a trip to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is now playing in the Aquarium’s 4-D Theater through Dec. 31. The 15-minute film is based on the popular children’s book featuring a young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. The 4-D Theater combines 3-D imagery, interactive seating and waves of special effects such as snow, gusts of wind, and the smell of hot chocolate, all synchronized to the film. There are multiple show times daily, and tickets can be purchased individually or as part of the Aquarium Premier Pass. Aquarium members receive free admission to the theater.

The Aquarium also has several girft options when it comes to giving the perfect holiday present. Whether it’s a membership, Aquarium gift card, or an animal adoption, there’s something for everyone on your shopping list.

Fast Facts:

  •     Celebrate the holidays under the sea at the South Carolina Aquarium
  •     Scuba Claus, “snow day” activities, including complimentary snowman cookie decorating, and Shark and the Shelf start Nov. 27, Click here for details
  •     The Polar Express 4-D Experience showing now through Dec. 31
  •     Unique gifts available including membership, gift cards, and animal adoptions
  •     For more information visit scaquarium.org/holiday or call (843) 577-FISH (3474)

For all media inquiries, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)scaquarium.org

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $17.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddlers, $22.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. The 4-D Theater experience only is $6.95 for Children and Adults, and free for Members. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.


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