Christmas Comes to the Aquarium


Does a sleigh bell ring underwater? Well, if it can alert a diver that Santa is coming, we’re all in luck. If you’re tired of the typical holiday experience, aquariums all over the world are celebrating Christmas in unique ways that will surely be memorable for adults and children alike.

Once a very land-based holiday, people have come to see Christmas as a celebration of family and health, get together with friends, and reflect upon the past year in a unique and personal style. With its evolution have come new ways to celebrate, including these fantastic stops around the globe.

Diving Santa

Throughout December visitors to the Seattle Aquarium are in for a special treat. Santa will be diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit and spreading joy to visitors. The legend goes that he flies around all night and stops for nothing, but we hope he makes decompression stops.

Christmas Lunch Under the Sea

An extraordinary location for a Christmas lunch. Photo: Melbourne Aquarium

Down under at the Melbourne Aquarium visitors are invited to come have lunch in a tropical setting right next to the Yarra River. A three-course meal is available next to their corals exhibit, and it’s your day off, so of course you’ll be having beer and wine with lunch.

Scuba Santa Ehime

Santa greets visitors in Japan. Photo: NHK World/Ehime Aquarium

Over the years Scuba Santas have been taking over the world, and that’s no different in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture. Every year Santa comes out to entertain guests with an underwater performance during weekends in December.

Christmas Underwater

New Jersey doesn’t hold back. In typical Jersey fashion, they have more Scuba Santa than ever, eight underwater Christmas trees, milk and cookies with santa, and all of the lights, music, and celebration that one would expect from the Garden State.

The Glowing Ocean

This year the S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore has gone all out. While not explicitly a Christmas event, their “Glowing Ocean” exhibition has created five sensory experiences using glowing creatures from the seas to deck the halls.

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