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Winter and Holidays at the Aquarium

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November 12, 2018

This winter at the Aquarium, meet new animals and celebrate the holiday season with special decorations and events.

Discover new two gray reef sharks and a scalloped hammerhead shark in Shark Lagoon. See bigfin reef squid now on display in the Tentacles and Ink exhibit in the Tropical Pacific Gallery. This shoal of squid was raised from eggs behind the scenes at the Aquarium. They are expected to be on view for about four months. In other cephalopod news, meet several bigeye octopuses in the Northern Pacific Gallery. Also don’t miss our penguin chicks, new eagle rays, Chase the sea lion, and Kaya, our harbor seal pup.

The Aquarium will be open for normal operating hours on Thanksgiving Day. Celebrate with a lunch buffet served in Café Scuba from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. View the full menu and purchase tickets on the Thanksgiving Lunch event page.

The Aquarium will hold a tree-lighting ceremony and unveil its holiday décor for the season on November 29 at 10:00 a.m. Aquarium Holidays begins on December 1 and lasts through December 23. Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, snow fall in the Great Hall, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters in their holiday outfits. Visitors can also enjoy shopping and a special holiday menu offered daily in Café Scuba. On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, underwater shows with Santa Diver, children’s crafts, photo opportunities with Santa and holiday characters, and Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel. Enjoy all of these weekend festivities plus special feedings for the animals during the Holiday Treats for the Animals festival weekend, December 8 and 9.

Ring in 2019 at the third annual New Year’s Eve Night Dive at the Aquarium, featuring live bands, DJs, a photo booth, and confetti countdown at midnight. For more information and tickets, visit the event page.

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