Santa’s gone submarine this year.
The Vancouver Aquarium is hosting a number of holiday experiences this year, celebrating the season in its special style. Winter decor will adorn the entrances to the galleries. Dozens of origami jellyfish light up the Pacific Canada gallery, and a touchpad will allow you to create a dazzling show of LED lights.
There’s also a holiday tree, lit up with help from the resident electric eel.
Another sort of tree adorns the Lower Teck Gallery, a marine debris tree made entirely of items collected from the shorelines of Vancouver Island. Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson created this tree years ago, and it has been making appearances at the aquarium ever since to help educate people on how littered our shores can be.
But the two experiences people most look forward to are the 4-D theatre and the scuba-diving Santa Claus.
In the aquarium’s 4-D theatre, you’ll take a journey to the North Pole, travelling through mountains and hilltops to see the big man himself.
And Scuba Claus, the aquarium’s name for the diving Father Christmas, will be making daily appearances in search of his missing golden bell.
Scuba Claus will only be visiting the aquarium until December 24 (since he’s busy that night,) but all the other holiday displays will continue until January 2.
The Vancouver Aquarium is open every day during the year, including Christmas. For more information, and to find out the dive schedules for Scuba Claus, follow the Vancouver Aquarium on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.