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Aquarium Holidays

Get into the holiday spirit with the Aquarium Holidays celebration from December 7 through 23!

The halls are decked, the animals are feeling jolly, and there is lots of holiday fun for you to enjoy.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 1 at 10:00 a.m.

Kick off the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Count down with Sarah Seastar, Santa Diver, and your Aquarium character friends to see the magical lighting of the Aquarium’s Christmas tree.

Aquarium Holidays, December 7-23

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with holiday fun and festivities from December 7-23!

Meet a feathered friend during daily Penguin Parades at 10 a.m., delight in the snowfall in the Great Hall, and see Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. You can also snap a holiday-themed selfie, check out the display of gingerbread houses, grab some tasty eats from the special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and get some holiday shopping done in the Aquarium gift stores.

On weekends, you can have a blast in the snow play area, get your photo taken with Santa during regular photo opportunities, and enjoy Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel.

Holiday Treats for the Animals Festival, December 7-8

Delight in watching Santa Diver delivering an ocean of gifts to your favorite animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish.

Holiday Ugly Sweater Weekend, December 21-22

Wear an ugly holiday sweater to the Aquarium to receive $5 off your admission ticket (upon request only).

Spark of Love Toy Drive, December 7-23

Get in the true spirit of the holiday season and bring in a toy to support the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Aquarium guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy – at a $15 value or more – will receive a coupon valid for $10 off an adult admission ticket and $3 off a child admission ticket (limit of 4 admission tickets). Aquarium members will receive a complimentary admission ticket for each toy donated (limit of 6 admission tickets per membership).

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