If there’s one thing we know it’s that Santa Claus makes quite the entrance.
Although you may not see or hear him, he rides around on a sleigh in the sky and he’s a pro when it comes to getting down a chimney. Oh, he’s also a pro scuba diver, too.
That’s right, Scuba Claus will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium daily to don his flippers and dive with the colourful cold-water creatures in the Strait of Georgia habitat – for real. You can catch him there at 12:30 pm daily from now until Sunday, December 24. The Aquarium invites you to see the underwater Scuba Claus before he heads to the North Pole for the big day. While you’re there you can watch him making a splash as he dives with the fishes and take a photo with him in the Ocean Courtyard.
But that’s not all. The Vancouver Aquarium is going all-out this holiday season with magical aquatic displays and special seasonal activities, that continue traditions while making memories that will last a lifetime. To celebrate, we’re giving one lucky Daily Hive reader the chance to go along to see Scuba Claus and enjoy all the holiday features. All you have to do is enter the contest below!
Once you’re at the Aquarium you can enjoy the festive décor adorning the many galleries, taking you on a holiday journey exploring the Arctic to the Amazon and everywhere in between.
The fun starts in the ocean courtyard for the kids where they’ll find the Kelp Forest Maze in search of urchins, otters, and of course Scuba Claus. And they also have the chance to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time in the 4-D theatre as Rudolph’s epic adventure comes alive with wondrous sights, sounds, and sensations. Oh, and The Polar Express will also be showing at 11:15 am daily!
You can marvel at Vancouver’s most ‘shocking’ holiday display while standing in the glow of the Electric eel-powered Christmas tree in the Teck Connections Gallery and learn more during the eel-electrifying program at 11 am daily. The striking marine debris tree, designed by Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson, has become an Aquarium tradition. It’s comprised of a variety of ocean plastics collected from shorelines on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Holiday fun continues at the Aquarium even after Scuba Claus returns to the North Pole. Starting Monday, December 25 you can participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt, discovering animals which are often unseen and learning about them, too.
But your visit will really be complete when you snap a photo in front of the enchanting jelly snow globe display in the Tropics Gallery or under the charming mistle-toad hanging by the Frogs Forever? Gallery. Cuteness overload.
Enter for your chance to win two free tickets to see Scuba Claus with all the holiday features at Vancouver Aquarium.
To enter for your chance to win two tickets to see Vancouver Aquarium’s Scuba Claus with all the holiday features, do at least one of the following:
1. Tweet the following on Twitter: (1 entry)
- Win 2 tickets to Scuba Claus with holiday features at @vanaqua via @VancityBuzz to enter! http://ow.ly/hnIY30h5sxW
2. Like Vancouver Aquarium on Facebook and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
3. Follow Vancouver Aquarium on Instagram and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm PST on December 20. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter by.
Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, including statutory holidays. So you can visit on Christmas morning if you want to. For more information and to see hours and program schedules, visit http://www.vanaqua.org/.
When: Now until December 24
Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
Price: $39 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, $22 for children – Tickets available online